Our approach to adult spiritual formation involves the acceptance of doubt and the forthright encouragement of inquiry as mature and unthreatening spiritual values. At All Souls, this engagement with the truths passed down through the centuries and present in our day can happen in many ways. Whether it is in the large, parish-wide programs in Advent and Lent with world-renowned speakers, topical series on everyday issues of Christian ethics or smaller groups under lay and clergy leadership that meet regularly for Bible study, there are many opportunities throughout the year to deepen your understanding of the Christian life. Most classes meet for about an hour at 10:10 am on Sundays. We generally have three options: a lectionary Bible study and two other classes that change every month or so.
Fall Adult Formation Classes
October 22nd, 29th, and November 12th, two new classes meet during the adult formation hour at 10:10 am:
The Rev. Phil Brochard and Michelle Barger lead Sacred Spaces, where participants will explore what separates a hallowed space from the profane. For many of us, a soaring cathedral may come to mind as a sacred space. Or perhaps it’s a glorious sunrise over a majestic landscape. What is it about each space that sets it apart as holy? And what role do we play – as individuals or a corporate body – in activating the experience?
The Evangelism Committee leads Reclaiming the Good News, a course on understanding the roots of evangelism and connecting our faith to our lives. For many, evangelism doesn’t seem to fit with our conception of ourselves as Christians, and specifically Episcopalians. What is the relationship between Gospel and evangelism? What does it mean to begin to unpack the impact and damage caused by proselytizing through the ages? How do we proclaim the Good News in Berkeley, California in 2017? The Rev. Liz Tichenor will present in the first class, Scott MacDougall in the second, and the Rev. Michael Lemaire in the third. Join us in study and conversation.
Reading Between the Lines: Lectionary-based Bible Study
Join us as we study one of the texts for the following Sunday in a lectionary-based Bible study designed for small groups. We meet in the Common Room right after the 7:30 am service, in the Chapel during the 10:10 formation hour, or on Thursdays at 11 am in the Common Room. On-going class; drop-in, occasional attendees welcome.