“Christians are made, not born.” This statement, offered by Tertullian, a second-century Christian leader, reflects the importance of continued, intentional learning and formation in the Christian faith. At All Souls we strive to engage the centuries of tradition alongside our own contemporary questions and challenges. Our members honor the diverse spiritual practices that are found within Christian tradition and seek opportunities for guidance in spiritual formation. Spiritual formation at All Souls fosters both contemplative spirituality and spiritual activism.
Traditional forms of teaching – an active and growing Sunday school program using Godly Play, weekly theological reflection for youth, and a host of adult education programs – all provide a foundation for the continued development of spiritual insights and experiences in our parish community. Led by both lay persons and clergy, courses for adults in the recent past have ranged from the spiritual teachings of saints, the study of eco-theology, the Gospel of Matthew, and from the spiritual importance of the texts that make up the Easter Vigil to the historical and theological underpinnings of the current Anglican-Episcopal controversy. These educational programs provide forums for personal spiritual exploration and growth, deepening our understanding of the Gospel message and supporting/challenging us as we struggle to live fully as Christians.