Adult Formation Classes
Reading Between the Lines Bible Study
Contact Kate Murphy to join the 7:30am Zoom call.
Contact Daniel Prechtel to join the 10:10am Zoom call.
Confirmation Conversation with Bishop Marc
As part of his Episcopal visitation Bishop Marc will be talking with four of our youth about their decision to be confirmed. Click here to listen to their conversation
Restorations and Reparations with Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers and guests: May 2nd, 16th, 23rd, 30th Click here to enter the class at 10:10am.
Over the past year, All Soulsians have been pondering questions of racial justice, healing, and reconciliation. This class will explore questions of restoration and reparation, inspired by the promise of the prophet Isaiah, “You shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in” (Isaiah 58:12). In conversation with leaders from the wider Episcopal Church, we will explore foundations for the work of racial reconciliation in scripture and Christian tradition, and consider next steps we might take individually and as a congregation. This class is open to all and is intended to be complementary to the Sacred Ground groups and the fall class “Carrying the Cross Together.”
May 2: The Rev. Michael Battle, PhD, Herbert Thompson Chair of Church and Society and Director of the Desmond Tutu Center at General Theological Seminary. Dr. Battle has written extensively on racial reconciliation, including The Church Enslaved: A Spirituality of Racial Reconciliation, coauthored with Tony Campolo, and Reconciliation: The Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu. He has served congregations in South Africa and the United States and has held academic and administrative positions at several seminaries. (Find the recording of this session here.)
May 16: The Rev. Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation Care. She has worked with Katrina Browne in the Sacred Ground curriculum. Her most recent book is The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for the Beloved Community, which explores how communities steeped in racism, establishment, and privilege can at last fall in love with Jesus.
May 23: The Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of Maryland. Under Bishop Sutton’s leadership, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and in September 2020 approved a $1 million dollar fund for reparations. In 2019, Bishop Sutton testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties of the 116th Congress in support of H.R. 40 to commission a study of reparations.
May 30: The Rev. Isaiah Shaneequa Brokenleg, Presiding Bishop’s Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation. A member of the Lakota tribe and a Winkte, a sacred healer for her people, she hosts a podcast, “Preaching and Teaching the Beloved Community,” helping clergy and lay leaders address social justice through liturgy.
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