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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.



23 September, 12:00 noon

If you have been reading Waking Up White, Debby Irving’s exploration of race and personal identity, plan to come for a light lunch and discussion of this challenging and rewarding book. Discussion will be facilitated by members of the Adult Formation Committee.

RSVP: by Friday, 21 September or look for the RSVP link in the next enews.


Workshop after church on 7 October, pre-register by 23 September

Finding words to gather the concerns of the whole community in the context of worship is a meaningful and sacred task. We will begin experimenting with having members of our congregation compose the prayers to be read during both services in Advent. Become part of this ministry by signing up for this workshop.


Three Sundays: 30 September, 14 October, and 28 October.

Pre-register by 23 September

The Basics is a program is designed for people who want to go more deeply into the traditions that energize life at All Saints. We explore the 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 for anyone curious about what it means to be an Episcopalian and a Christian. Anyone preparing for baptism or confirmation is strongly encouraged to participate. Meetings are right after church, and a light lunch is provided.

A minimum of 6 participants is required for the class to begin.




Alternate Saturdays, 8:00 to 9:15 a.m.

Meets every two weeks to share our personal reflections on our chosen book and to share our own stories as well. This summer we are reading Eunice: the Kennedy Who Changed the World by Eileen McNamara.

Contact: Bruce Keary or Alan McLellan


A group of women meet 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 library. These are our 2018 books:

January 13 – A Gift of Love: Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings – the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
February 10 – Born a Crime – Trevor Noah
March 10 – Atonement – Ian McEwan
May 12 – What the Qur’an Meant and Why It Matters – Gary Wills
June 9 – A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories – Flannery O’Connor
July 14 – Son of Hamas – Mosab Hassan Yousef
August 11 – Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America – Michael Eric Dyson
September 8 – The Stories We Tell: Classic True Tales by America’s Greatest Women Journalists – edited by Patsy Sims
October 13 – The Bible: A Biography – Karen Armstrong
November 10 – A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity – Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
December 8 – Notes of a Native Son – James Baldwin

If you are interested, please join us!

Please email Katherine Kominis for further information.

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. The 2017-2018 session is currently running.

For more information, email the office or contact Mary Urban Keary


Jonas Barciauskas of our Adult Formation Committee has curated a list of upcoming events (below) that might be of interest to the All Saints Community. If you take part in any of these offerings, please let someone on the committee know (Jonas Barciauskas, chair; Yvonne Schlaeppi, Laura Vennard, Henry Kettell, or Colin Stokes). If you have suggestions for courses or lectures that might be included, please contact Jonas.


A Conversation on Being Mortal with Dr. Atul Gawande
Thursday, September 6, 4:30 – 5:50pm
Memorial Hall, Sanders Theater
45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA
Tickets are free but required.

Gawande, MD, MPH, is CEO of the non-profit-seeking health care venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to deliver better outcomes, satisfaction, and cost efficiency in care. He is author of the bestselling book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.


Hindu View of Life: Speaking For and Against Oneself
Monday, September 17, 5:30 – 7pm
Common Room, Center for the Study of World Religions, 42 Francis Ave., Cambridge, MA

The Hindu tradition is intrinsically plural and contextual. It offers resources not only for one to speak for oneself as Hindu in a world of diversity, but also to explore one’s moral location through materials that speak against one’s assumed identity. By reflecting on three key textual passages, Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad will engage with the intersectional nature of his Hindu identity. This examination of Hinduism and intersectionality will offer a new perspective on how identity is creatively and constantly reconfigured by the textual lessons and the lived reality of religious traditions.

Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, MA, DPhil (Oxon), is Fellow of the British Academy, and Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy at Lancaster University. He is the author of some fifty papers and six books. His Divine Self, Human Self: The Philosophy of Being in Two Gita Commentaries won the Best Book Award 2011–2015 of the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies. His Human Being, Bodily Being: Phenomenology from Classical India was recently published by Oxford
University Press.


Signs of Hope in Muslim-Christian Relations
Thursday, September 27 at 5:00pm
Robsham Theater Arts Center, Chestnut Hill Campus
Boston College (maps & directions)


  • Daniel A. Madigan, S.J., Ruesch Family Distinguished Jesuit Scholar and Associate Professor of Theology, Georgetown University
  • Klaus Von Stosch, Professor of Systematic Theology and Chair, Center for Comparative Theology and Cultural Studies, University of Paderborn, Germany
  • Joshua Ralston, lecturer in Muslim-Christian relations, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Three prominent scholar participants in Muslim-Christian dialogue in Europe and in the United States share thoughts and recall experiences that reflect positive developments in the relationship between Muslims and Christians in the West.


Disability and Advocacy in the Book of Job
Thursday, October 4, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus
Boston College (maps & directions)

Presenter: Andrew R. Davis, Associate Professor of Old Testament
Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

Dr. Davis explores how being the father of a son with Down syndrome has affected his work as a biblical scholar, and how Scripture informs his approach to parenting. Focusing on the Book of Job, he discusses how the Bible can support efforts and advocacy for persons with disabilities.


Spirit and Truth: No Alternative Facts
Thursday, October 11, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus
Boston College (maps & directions)

Presenter: Colleen M. Griffith, Professor of the Practice of Theology
Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

In a time when truth is increasingly under siege, human longing for it only grows stronger. What does Christian spirituality suggest about truths that free and the Spirit who reminds us of those truths?


Online: Wisdom for Living: The Parables of Jesus
By Thomas Keating and Contemplative Outreach
Available On-Demand: choose your own start date and frequency
Registration fee: $49.95

“When rightly understood, the parables help us to see how extraordinary a wisdom teacher Jesus really was, and how revolutionary, in the best sense of the word, was the content of what he taught and to which he bore witness by his life and death.

“These insights cohere particularly well with the actual experience of people on the spiritual journey. When contemplative prayer is seriously embraced, we come upon [a] lived reality … the reversal of expectations, the gradual and often painful liberation from emotional programs for happiness, and the increasing discovery of the kingdom of God in the ordinary and everyday.”
— Thomas Keating in the preface to Meditations on the Parables of Jesus

More information is available.


Free Lecture Videos

The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry video-records lectures given at the School and makes them freely available for online viewing. Here are four lectures from the past year:


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
2017—The MANNA Community

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.