Christian Education and Formation for Adults
by Rev. Mathew Potts, PhD, Theologian-in-Residence
We’ve enjoyed a wonderful rebirth of our children’s program in the last year. Children are not the only people who can grow and learn in faith, of course. As Louise and I have observed this flourishing among our children, it has also occasioned some rethinking of our education programs for grown-ups. So, based upon some successful programs of the past and some new ideas for the future, I will be developing a year-long adult formation program that will be open and welcome to all.
Whether you are a newcomer to the Episcopal Church or were baptized at St. Barnabas, whether you know the bible back and forth or you can’t name a single commandment, you will find a place to learn and grow at these forums throughout the year.
Lent - Meditation & Journal
This journal is great for individuals and small group study.
Lent Forum - Repentance~Atonement~Forgiveness
During LENT, Rev. Matt Potts will lead a forum on repentance, atonement, and forgiveness. Forum will be held on four Sundays at 9 o’clock in the morning (between worship services) in the Parish House. Forum will be held on Sundays Feb. 25, March 11 and 18 at 9 o'clock in the morning (between worship services) in the Parish House
LENT Book Group
Friday March 9, Rev. Louise will meet again at 7-8:30 p.m. in the Parish House. We will be discussing the first half of theBook of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a changing world. Anyone is welcome to join us. Wine and refreshments will be served.
Spring Conversation Series: What Does It All Mean?
Our spring forum will meet for a month on a few Sundays after Easter in the hour between the 8 AM and 10 AM services. In this forum we will raise questions of faith that exceed the bounds of Episcopalianism, or even of Christianity. Who or what is God? What should we think about miracles? Why is there suffering and where does evil come from? Topics will be chosen by participants in the group and I will provide context for what Christianity and other major religious traditions have taught about these questions in the past. But once again, these will be conversations with participants’ own memories, experiences, and questions providing the basis for our discussion.