Spiritual formation is a rather general term referring to all attempts, means, and disciplines intended towards deepening of faith and furtherance of spiritual growth. It includes educational endeavors and prayer as well as the more intimate and in-depth process of a covenant group or spiritual direction.
The Adult Forum fall series welcome a diverse array of speakers, and be edified by the union of hearts gathering to better know the God of our understanding. Join us and then head back out to love the world with a fuller and deeper knowledge of the holiness that BEAUTY, GOODNESS AND TRUTH reveal to us.
The Adult Ed forum meets at the A-Frame in the Sanctuary
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 200 24th Ave South.
WELCOME TO THE EPISCOPARTY!
Whether a cradle Episcopalian or considering confirmation on February 4th, all are encouraged to attend this 3-week course during Adult Ed continuing today on how we want to embody the Episcopal way of radical hospitality. If you'd like to be confirmed to the Episcopal Church or have any questions, please email Jes Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org.
1/14 – Confirmation 1 - "Welcome to the Eucharist" led by Rev. Becca Stevens
1/21 – Confirmation 2 - "Welcome to Spiritual Transformation" led by Rev. Ian Cron
1/28 – Confirmation 3 - "Welcome to our Baptismal Mission" led by Rev. Dr. Scott Owings
2/4 – Reception for Confirmands
2/11 – A community dialogue facilitated by Dave Hutchens (*This will be for all ages and will gather in the Reading Room at Benton Chapel)
2/18 – "Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in plowing time and in harvest thou shalt rest." led by Robbie Hutchens and Bonnie Smith Whitehouse. As we enter Lent--which is a period of discernment--we'd like to reflect together on the meanings of Sabbath. How might practicing Sabbath with our bodies, minds, and spirits provide opportunities to explore God's creation, connect with loved ones, offer service, and devote time for silence and meditation? Can Sabbath take on other unexpected forms in our spiritual practices? Robbie and Bonnie will offer a menu of ideas for how our community might consider about Sabbath during (and beyond) Lent. All are beloved, welcome to the conversation, and invited to participate and share ideas.
2/25 – "Practicing Grief" led by Michael Burcham - If there ever was a season designed to help us move through grief after a loved one’s death, that season would be Lent. Just like the stages of grief we all must go through, Lent involves a series of passages: from darkness to light, loss to gain, fear to trust, sorrow to joy, and ultimately, from death to life.Lent is a season that is deep and wide with passages that can help us walk through our grief. We’ll look more closely at some of those passages and see how they help us move through bereavement.
3/4 – “Let’s keep talking!” That was the clear takeaway from our community dialogue a couple of Sundays ago. You were unanimous in saying that you crave more intentional face-to-face time with our community, talking about the things that matter most to us. Okay, let’s do it! Join us for another community dialogue. Same time and place — the reading room across from Benton Chapel, immediately after church. (Children and youth classes will continue to meet in the A-Frame.) For this dialogue we will explore the theme of peace… in our lives and in our world. Thank you for your willingness to show up with your authentic presence. You make our community so very rich.
3/11 – Beyond #MeTooSara Evans and Katrina Robertson will share their sacred stories how community is essential for transformation. Katrina is National Sales Director for Thistle Farms and Sara is the Director of Residential Services at Magdalene.
BUDDHISH: How Buddhist Spirituality Can Help Us Become Better Christians
More and more people are discovering the overlap between Christianity and Buddhism and how they can mutually complement each other. What can we learn from our Buddhist friends that can enrich our faith journeys? Can Buddhism actually help us become better Christians? Join us as we spend eight weeks in our adult forum exploring the ways Buddhist spirituality can illuminate and strengthen our own.
3/18 – Intro & Right Understanding led by Rev. Ian Cron
3/25 – Palm Sunday - No Forum
4/1 – Easter - No Forum
4/8 – Right Understanding & Thought – Rev. Ian Cron
4/15 – Right Speech & Action – Kendall Hinote & Rev. Dr. Scott Owings
4/22 – Right Livelihood & Effort – Rev. Gordon Peerman
4/29 – Right Mindfulness – Rev. Gordon Peerman
5/6 – Right Concentration – Rev. Scott Owings
Spiritual direction is a time-honored term for a conversation, ordinarily between two persons, in which one person consults another about what it means to live with God in mind. Unlike counseling or psychotherapy, spiritual direction is focused not on problem-solving, technique, or intervention but on relationship with God, questions about suffering, the true self, and vocation. As Thomas Merton once said, “Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to pay attention to the real Director — the Holy Spirit hidden in the depths of our soul."
Although spiritual direction has had a burst of new life in recent times, it is really quite ancient and simple. Throughout the ages and across faith traditions, we find people seeking guidance on how to choose appropriate directions in response to felt questions, leadings, and inclinations.
For more information, email Scott Owings at email@example.com.
Covenant Groups are small (typically 7-10 members), and meet together regularly (often weekly) for the express purpose of encouraging each other through honest conversation and prayer. For more information, email Scott Owings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that allows us to move beyond conversation to God to intimacy and rest with God.
Centering Prayer meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings from 8:15 to 8:45 AM in the A-Frame chapel.