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
Meeting November 11, 18 and 25
Theodicy: Good God What the Hell is Going On?!
Led by the Revs. Michael Lemaire and Liz Tichenor, meeting at Sundays 10:10 am in the Parish Hall
If God is all-knowing, all-powerful and all-good, why is there senseless suffering in the world? It’s an age-old question. Countless scores of theologians and philosophers have tackled it, pulled their hair out over it, and striven to create clever acrobatics to get around it. The theological riddle is interesting, but equally so is how we live the questions that follow. How do we live our faith in the midst of suffering? Is suffering an occasion for despair or deeper faith? How do we practice and prepare to live it out? Join us as we dig in, as we look to the stories of those who have tried to live it well before us, and as we try to find the way forward together.
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.