Adult Formation on Sundays
Sunday classes meet during the 10 o’clock Education Hour, unless otherwise specified. Weekday classes are also offered.
What’s in a Name?
In the biblical book of Genesis, the only authority specifically given to human beings is the power to name all the things of creation. In this series, Dean Barkley Thompson will consider the power of naming to bless and curse in our society and focus on the great naming stories in scripture: Jacob, Peter, Paul and more. Begins Sept. 15.
The Four Loves
In his classic book The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis chronicles the four ways love manifests itself in our human and spiritual relationships. Dean Thompson will lead us through Lewis’ book, and in the process we’ll come to know better what it means to love and be loved by God. Begins Nov. 10.
The Commercialization of Christmas
What’s happened to Christmas? Today, even the retailer Victoria’s Secret markets its products using “Christmas angels.” But what if we discovered that Christmas has always been commercialized? On December 15, Dean Thompson will lead us through a fascinating history that includes St. Nicholas, Coca-Cola and Charles Schultz’ “Peanuts Gang.”
Basics of the Faith
This workshop is open to any adult interested in joining the Episcopal Church or to anyone wanting a great refresher course about the church. It concludes with Confirmation on Sunday, November 17. To register, contact Anne Shepard (713-590-3301).
- Sept. 15: Confirmation and other Sacraments (Ed Stein)
- Sept. 22: The Prayer Book (Jim McGill)
- Sept. 29: Mission & Outreach, including a tour of The Beacon (Jim McGill & Glenice Como)
- Oct. 6: History of the Church, Part 1 (Hal Watson)
- Oct. 13: History of the Church, Part 2 (Hal Watson)
- Oct. 20: Membership & Stewardship (David Simpson & Melissa White)
- Oct. 27: Music & Hymnody (Bruce Power & Bob Simpson)
- Nov. 3: Anglican Identity (Barkley Thompson)
- Nov. 10: The Eucharist (Ed Stein & Jim McGill)
- Nov. 17: Confirmation
Parenting Class: The Blessing of a B Minus
This fall, the Parenting Class will read and discuss Dr. Wendy Mogel’s book, The Blessing of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers. In her book, Mogel emphasizes empathy and guidance over micromanaging teens’ lives and overreacting to missteps. In December, the class will welcome Patina Sehorn, one of several authors of Answer Keys: Teachers’ Lesson Plans for Successful Parenting.
Exploring the Connections
The class will read Marcus Borg’s Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power — And How They Can Be Restored. Facilitators are Michael DeVoll, Elaine Krause and Patty Turney. Class members will learn from one another and provide a space for those interested in progressive Christianity to explore and grow and connect their faith journeys with social justice.
Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self
This class focuses on Richard Rohr’s book Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self. What is the true self? How is it found? Why does it matter? We will consider these and other questions. This class is facilitated by Canon Betty Adam.
Christian Meditation is a class to learn and practice a form of prayer as taught by Jesus. There is a teaching, the experience of meditation and a closing including prayer and scripture. The class is open to all regardless of experience.