Adult Forum

More 2016 Adult Forums are being planned! Stay tuned…

Sunday Mornings from 9:15 am to 10:00 am

RECENTLY COMPLETED:

Walking With Christ:  An Introduction to Following Jesus

On the road to Emmaus Christ walked with two disciples.  Along the way he shared insights into the relationship between scripture, his life, and their lives.  Most importantly, the risen Christ shared himself by entering into their lives and being with them.

You are invited to participate in a series designed to explore the Episcopalian experience of walking with Christ.  The series is open to anyone who is interested in growing in his or her awareness of what it means to be a Christian in today’s world.  Throughout the year we will explore different concepts and themes of being a Christian.  The series will range from our understanding of who Christ is in our lives to looking at how scripture, reason, and tradition are key resources for growing in our relationship with Jesus.

In particular, the series is geared to anyone who wishes to be formally received into the Episcopal Church or to be confirmed.  The series will also afford the opportunity for anyone who wishes to reaffirm their faith or who seeks to explore the faith and life that our baptism calls us to live daily.

Bishop Sean Rowe will celebrate a regional confirmation in the spring of 2016.  This series will prepare adults to be confirmed as well as to be formally received into the Episcopal Church or to reaffirm his/her faith.

The series has several segments that will allow anyone to participate in a specific theme that interests them.  The outline of the various segments for Fall 2015 is described below.

The series will be held during the Christian Education hour on Sunday mornings from 9:15 am to 10:00 am in the sanctuary.


Begun Fall of 2015:
Segment One:  Following Christ as an Adult

Oct. 18, 2015
The Way: Following Jesus Who Is “The Way”

Who was Jesus and what did he accomplish?  What do you know about Jesus?  Who is Jesus to you and what difference does he make in your life?

Oct. 25, 2015
Why Jesus Matters to Christians?

Explore the Pre-Easter and the Post-Easter Jesus.  Discuss God’s dream for the world – God’s kingdom of justice, mercy, peace, and love that Jesus came to share with us.  Consider how Christ is the source of personal transformation and the transformation of  the world.

Segment Two: Scripture – Listening to God’s Stories of Love

Nov.  1, 2015  
What the Scriptures are and are not for Episcopalians?

Discuss how Scripture is the living Word of God.  Investigate how the scriptures were formed and translated.  Examine the principles and guidelines that are normally used by scripture scholars to interpret the scriptures.  Learn the difference between a translation of the bible and a paraphrase of the bible.  Discuss how scripture is used in worship, prayer, and study.  Examine the relationship of scripture with tradition and reason.

Nov.  8, 2015    
What do the books of the Old Testament tell us about God?

Examine the role of oral tradition in the formation of the books of the Hebrew Torah.  Study the composition of the different books of the Old Testament.  Focus on what the different books reveal about God’s relationship with humankind.

Nov. 15, 2015  
What do the Four Gospels tell us about Jesus and God?

Investigate the basic purpose and content of the four gospels and what they reveal about Jesus as the Christ, the promised Messiah.  Consider how the time and culture of writing of each gospel influences the content.

Nov. 22, 2015 
Parish Convocation: No Sunday School nor Adult Forum

Nov. 29, 2015   First Sunday of Advent
What the Acts of the Apostles and Paul’s Letters teach us about how the early Church followed Jesus and trusted the Spirit to guide them in daily living

Segment Three:  Tradition – Learning from the Church along The Way

Dec. 6, 2015    Second Sunday of Advent
What is the Episcopal understanding of tradition?

Remember the relationship between scripture, reason, and tradition.  Review the Articles of Religion that state that tradition must be either rooted in scripture or not be repugnant to God’s Word, and if not found in Scripture, the tradition must never be imposed as necessary to salvation.  Distinguish between what is essential to salvation and what is secondary  or non-essential..

Dec.  13, 2015   Third Sunday of Advent
How is tradition a spiritual (of the Spirit), evolving, living reality?

Examine the role of the Holy Spirit.  Appreciate that tradition is a living entity that responds to the movement of the Spirit.

Dec. 20, 2015    Fourth Sunday of Advent
No Adult Forum

 

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Adult forums in 2015 have included “Religion and Healing” with the Rev. Dr. Brett Hendrickson, and a four part series on forgiveness including ‘The Heart of Forgiveness”, “The Soul of Forgiveness”, “The Strength of Forgiveness”, and “The Mind of Forgiveness”

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Adult forums in 2014 have included “Memorable Episcopalians” with Dr. Phil Secor, a “History of St. Anne’s” with Bob Tench, “What Does It Mean to Be Episcopal?” with Canon Bill Lewellis, “An introduction to Spiritual Direction” with El Buss, “St.  John’s Bible,” and “Have You Seen Jesus: Post Resurrection Stories?” with Helen White.