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 6, 13, 20, and 27, meeting at 10:10a:
The Life of David, with the Rev. Michael Lemaire
King David is one of the most fully drawn characters of the Bible yet our understanding of him is often limited to a couple of famous vignettes. David has many roles as King, Father, Lover, Husband, Warrior, and Messianic Precursor and yet his story is full of human flaws and contradictions. This class will explore David’s story through scriptures that go beyond the well-known stories of Goliath and Bathsheba. Along the way, we will explore the questions of why David is so beloved, how Jesus is understood through the story of David, and what we can take away from the David story today.
The Silence of Taizé, with the Rev. Dr. Peggy Patterson
Are you longing for a chance to experience the Deep Silence of Taizé and the prayerful beauty of Taizé Chants? You can become a member of a small Taizé community for four Sundays in October (6, 13, 20, 27). Come during Formation Hour, 10:10-11:05 am, in the Common Room downstairs (near the Chapel). I look forward to being with you in this mini-retreat each Sunday morning. We will also learn more about Taizé, see a video of Life at Taizé, and talk about the life of prayer which the Brothers offer in Burgundy. Augustine said: “Our souls are restless till they rest in thee.” I look forward to seeing those who feel called into a community of silence, music and prayer.
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.