Adult 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.
Summer Bible Studies – from the Adult Formation Committee: Abraham and Sarah, beyond the lectionary….. This summer we explore the ancient stories of Abraham, Sarah and Isaac in new ways on Sunday mornings in June 9:15 am in the Guild Room before the Sunday service.
11 June Genesis 18: 1- 15, (21:1-7)
18 June Genesis 21 8 -12
25 June Genesis 22: 1-14
No preparation needed. Come join the conversation.
All Saints Parish Summer Book: October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day That Changed the World, by Martin Marty.
On 31 October, 1517 (according to legend), Martin Luther nailed “95 Theses,” also known as “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church. This act is often credited with setting off a series of historic events which led to the Protestant Reformation. As a way of participating in the many worldwide activities commemorating this event, the Adult Formation Committee has selected October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day That Changed the World by Martin Marty, for the All Saints Parish Summer Book. Marty, a Lutheran pastor, scholar, historian, and winner of the National Book Award and National Medal of Humanities, opens the book with an invitation to the reader: “This is an invitation to a party, one that commemorates events that began five hundred years ago and have consequences throughout the world today.” Let’s join the party! Copies of the book are available in the church, for a cost of $15. There will be an opportunity for a group discussion of the book at a meeting in October.
UPCOMING AND ONGOING PROGRAMS
GEOGRAPHY of GRACE—a multiple session, small group program of spiritual formation.
Using a process created by Dr. Parker J. Palmer, this course is designed to create a safe, confidential, and sacred space where participants support one another in accessing the voice of their souls and lives. Here we learn how to listen deeply to one another and how to create spaces that are safe for honest sharing and self-discovery. Geography of Grace uses themes from geography and nature, offering metaphors that speak of the inner life. We use poetry, story, and art to explore these topics. We share in pairs, small groups, and large group settings. All are welcome. Sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to noon one Saturday a month. A minimum of six people is required and members must make a good faith commitment to attend each of the ten sessions. Dates for the 2017—2018 series of Geography of Grace are: Sep 9 & 30, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 6, 2018, Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5, Jun 2.
“Speaking of Faith.” Our post-service reflections take place immediately after the postlude on most Sundays. They are facilitated by the clergy and/or other leaders, and they provide an opportunity for us to wrestle with some of the “So what?” and “Why do we…?” questions of our faith. It is an opportunity for a small group to get to know each other better and speak about our faith. All are invited. Reflections will last no more than 30 minutes.
MEETING CHURCH AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME
This program is designed for people who want to go more deeply into the traditions that energizes life at All Saints. We explore our Anglican tradition, refresh our theological education, and explore questions like “Who is God, what is grace, and how do we read the Bible?” This class is held in the fall for anyone curious about what it means to be an Episcopalian and a Christian, those preparing for baptism or confirmation are encouraged to participate. Meetings are right after church and a light lunch is provided. For more information, email the office.
JOURNEYS IN FAITH
Get acquainted (or reacquainted) with the Christian tradition, and make meaningful connections with a group of fellow seekers at All Saints. All are welcome. This class is held during Lent, and those considering baptism for themselves or their children are encouraged to participate. In 3 weekly sessions and 1 half-day retreat, participants explore: Christian traditions and beliefs, the sacraments; interpretation of Scripture, and spiritual practices. We use the book, The Heart of Christianity by Marcus Borg as a grounding text. For information, email the office.
MEN’S BOOK GROUP
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.
The Men’s Book Group meets on alternate Saturdays at 8am in the Guild Room. We are looking at October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World by Martin E. Marty. It explores the 95 Theses Luther posted on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on that momentous day 500 years ago – its influence on history and its meaning for us. Email Bruce Keary or Alan McLellan for more information.
WOMEN’S BOOK GROUP
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. These are our upcoming discussions:
July 8, 2017 – Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
August 12, 2017 – Confessions of X by Suzanne M. Wolfe
September 9, 2017 – October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World by Martin E. Marty
October 14, 2017 – Finding Sanctuary: Monastic Steps for Everyday Life by Abbot Christopher Jamison
November 11, 2107 – TBD
December 9, 2017 – Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expedition and Encounters by Annie Dillard
If you are interested, please join us!
Please email Katherine Kominis for further information.
ADULT FAITH EXPLORATIONS IN THE COMMUNITY
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.
The Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell will deliver the 17th Annual Evelyn Underhill Lecture in Christian Spirituality on Saturday, 8 July, 10:00 to 11:45 am Boston College, Robsham Theater Chestnut Hill Campus, entitled: The Meeting of East and West: Spirituality Beyond Boundaries
Just as the species of the earth need one another to be well, so the great spiritual traditions of humanity depend on one another to be whole. In this annual lecture, Rev. Dr. Newell discusses a spirituality of inter-relatedness. Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell is an author, a teacher, and the founder of the School of Celtic Consciousness, Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Spirituality at the Iliff School of Theology, University of Denver, ordained minister in the Church of Scotland, and former warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland. FREE of charge and open to the public
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.
WOMEN OF WISDOM
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)
SPIRITUALITY AND JUSTICE AWARD
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
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
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.