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Faith Exploration

Faith Exploration

Make me know your ways, O Lord.  Teach me your paths.  (Psalm 25:4)

Faith exploration is a life-long experience, attained by the grace of God and in the company of others.  At All Saints Parish we realize that adults learn in a variety of ways and from a variety of sources.  For that reason, we try to offer an array of options designed to nurture spiritual growth. Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at All Saints Parish.



Many of us spend a portion of each day online for work or play, but have you ever looked for spiritual resources on the web? There happen to be quite a few websites specially created for Lent.  Jonas Barciauskas has curated a short list of sites below, each with a description of its contents.

SSJE: ‘Five Marks of Love’ Lenten Study
If we are “marked as Christ’s own,” what are the “marks of love” that characterize the Divine Life abiding and at work within us? This program includes online components, daily emails with short videos, and a PDF workbook. Facilitator’s Guides for adults and children (7-14) and youth are available. Offered by the Society of St. John the Evangelist, an Episcopal/Anglican monastic community in Cambridge, MA.

Episcopal Relief & Development 2017 Lenten Meditations
This year’s devotional focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a particular focus on empowering women. The daily readings are co-authored by a group of leaders from across the Anglican Communion, who bring a range of perspectives as they reflect on Scripture and other sources of spiritual wisdom. The sign-up link for the daily meditations is available from the Episcopal Media Center (EMC).

The Grace of Lent: An Online Course with Thomas Keating
All elements of the course will encourage a contemplative engagement with Scripture and the liturgical themes of Lent as a way of seeing, listening, reflecting, and then living it into your own life. It will consist of a combination of emails and video and audio teachings. To take this e-course for Lent, schedule it to begin on Ash Wednesday and choose the M-W-F delivery schedule. The cost is $50.

And yes, Lent Madness is back in 2017!
With its unique blend of competition, learning, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the lives of saintly souls across generations and cultures. Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament, this online devotion pits saints against one another in a bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout the penitential season of Lent. On the weekdays of Lent, information is posted at about two different saints. Participants vote on which saint moves on to the next round. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight to the Round of the Elate Eight; four to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo.



This fall, we will be offering something new immediately after the Sunday service – post-service reflections on a variety of topics. Topics will range from reflections on the day’s sermon to information about All Saints and the liturgy that we use, to discussions about how our faith speaks to current events. These will take place immediately after the postlude in the Resting Chapel. This is an opportunity for a small group to get to know each other better, and reflect on where God might be moving in their lives. All are invited. Reflections will last no more than 30 minutes, but conversations may continue much longer after that. Social Hour will continue as usual immediately after the service in the Guild Room, and all are also welcome to that but, please no food or drink in the sanctuary.

Upcoming Topics include:

“The Creed: what do we believe?”; “Finding Good News in Bad News: Where is God in Current Events”; “Reflections on Diocesan Convention”; “Reflection on today’s homily”; “Advent: what’s so good about waiting?”


The Men’s reading group meets on alternate Saturdays of the month from 8-9:15 in the morning (so that your Saturday is free) in the dining room.

We are currently reading Vincent Harding’s Hope and History: Why We Must Share the Story, originally published in 1990, and updated for a new edition after Obama was elected President. Harding’s message is to teachers – but teachers in the general sense – anybody with a voice, that is, to remember and share the story of the Civil Rights Movement. It’s also connected with Harding’s work on the PBS series, “Eyes on the Prize”, from the late 1980’s, which was re-broadcast in 2016.

For more information contact: Bruce Keary.


A small group of women meet monthly to discuss mutually selected books, usually on topics related to spiritual growth. We have often tackled provocative authors. We meet monthly on Saturdays from 2:30-4pm in the church Guild Room.

2017 dates and books:

January 14 – Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue, by Sam Harris and Maaajid Nawaz

February 11 – The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead

March 11 – The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian, by Brian D. McLaren

April 8 – Teilhard de Chardin, The Divine Milieu Explained: a Spirituality for the 21st Century, by Louis M. Savary

If you are interested, please join us!

Please email Katherine Kominis for further information.


Jonas Barciauskas of our Adult Education Committee has curated a list of upcoming events (below) that might be of interest to the All Saints Community. The Adult Education Committee is considering offering a curated list such as this as a resource to us on a periodic basis. We’d appreciate any feedback you have on this experiment.

If you take part in any of these offerings, please let someone on the Adult Ed. Committee know (Mary Urban-Keary, chair; Jonas Barciauskas, Yvonne Schlaeppi, Harold Petersen, Laura Vennard, or Henry Kettell). If you have suggestions for courses or lectures that might be included, please contact Jonas.

“God is Beautiful, and He Loves Beauty”: Foundations of Practical Spirituality in Islam

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Presenter: James W. Morris, professor of comparative theology at the Boston College Theology Department.
Boston College, Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus
Free of Charge

Drawing on a few representative illustrations from Islamic music, painting, and architecture, this talk provides context for recognizing and appreciating the shared religious framework underlying the creative local expressions of spiritual life and practice across the manifold cultures, histories, geographical settings, and societies of the Islamic world. More information and registration is available here. Boston College campus maps and directions to the Chestnut Hill campus are available here.

The Music of the Psalms: From King David’s Time to Our Own

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Presenter:  Robert Cohen, Jewish and folk music historian
Boston College, Yawkey Athletic Center, Murray Room, Chestnut Hill Campus
Free of Charge

The Psalms occupy a paramount place in the world’s liturgy.  What is it about their spiritual scope and emotional breadth that gives them such power?  What can we learn from their language and poetry, and from the music of the Psalms: from the time of the Second Temple through the Renaissance, and from Colonial to contemporary America?  And how do the diverse styles of their musical settings—cantorial and choral music; Hasidic and American folk; European and American classical; bluegrass and reggae; a cappella, gospel, and “world music”—speak to us and move us?  More information and registration is available here. Boston College campus maps and directions to the Chestnut Hill campus are available here.

“Silence,” a film by Martin Scorsese

Friday, March 24; film screening: 3-5:45pm; panel discussion: 6-7:30pm
Boston College, Higgins 300

Martin Scorsese’s epic movie, “Silence,” follows two seventeenth-century Jesuit missionaries as they travel from Portugal to Japan in search of their missing mentor, who is believed to have rejected Christ under torture. Based on Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 award-winning novel, Scorsese’s film delves deeply into the nature of culture, faith, and mercy. Following a short break (with refreshments), a panel of international scholars will discuss the film and its central themes. More information is available here. Boston College campus maps and directions to the Chestnut Hill campus are available here.



We offer a much needed respite from the concerns of daily life:  a place to cultivate meaningful connections through on-going discussions that nourish our spiritual selves.  Women of Wisdom is an open group of diverse voices sharing aspects of graceful living and inspirational ways for facing challenges.

Meetings are always the 2nd Thursday of the month from 9:30 AM to 1 PM

Hot water for coffee and tea will be provided.
We prepare coffee and tea at 9:30, start the discussion at 10, and break for brown bag lunch at 12:15.
(If you are new, please confirm with the person who invited you at least one day prior to coming to the group for the first time.)
Cost: $10 (Cash or Checks to All Saints Parish, with memo: WoW)

Presented by:
The Ruah Interfaith Spirituality Program of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Information: 617/244-3650


All Saints Parish annually presents the Spirituality and Justice Award to persons whose notable commitment to justice for all of God’s people is grounded in a deep spiritual life. The presentation of the award is a special time each year as All Saints Parish lifts up an outstanding person for recognition by the community. As we honor these distinguished persons we draw strength from their example. They inspire us to renew our commitment to justice as an essential expression of our spirituality and faith. A cash gift is given to the organization designated by the recipient.

Recipients of the Spirituality and Justice Award:

1998—Bishop Barbara C. Harris
1999—Bishop Simon E. Chiwanga
2000—Bishop M. Thomas Shaw
2001—Bishop Steven Charleston
2002—Archbishop Desmond Tutu
2003—Dr. Yang Jianli and Christina Fu
2004—The Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullit-Jonas
2005—Bishop V. Gene Robinson
2006—Byron Rushing
2007—Dr. Peter Stringham
2008—Dr. Paul Farmer
2009—Mrs. Marian Wright Edelman
2010—The Rev. Deborah Little Wyman
2011—Mr. James Carroll
2012—Bishop Roy “Bud” Cederholm
2013—Catherine D’Amato
2014—Dr. David Adams
2015—Dr. Colin Johnstone
2016—The Rev. Laura Everett

Persons may be nominated from all faith traditions. Nominees should be persons whose own deep spirituality have led them to significantly contribute to the furtherance of justice. Nominations are accepted at any time, to nominate someone please use this form.