It has been said that we teach the children and play with the adults in the Episcopal Church. It may be true but we hope to make some impact on the formation of adults at St. Stephen’s. There are a variety of ways to engage in Christian study and spiritual formation:
Classes are offered on Wednesdays and Sundays. At 1:00 on Wednesdays, the Lunch & Learn group gathers for sandwiches and sharing, usually over what we have learned from a good book. We have studied works by Philip Yancey, Eugene Peterson, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Thomas Cahill to name a few. On Sunday we study the Good Book under the guidance of Eileen Martin at 9:15 AM. In addition we have study series in the Fall and at Lent. These may be Wednesday nights or Sunday mornings and are open to all.
The Center for Holy Listening
The Center for Holy Listening was set up to reach those who desire resources for spiritual growth, understanding and renewal. There have been several retreats presented on topics such as Celtic spirituality, Dreams, Natural Spirituality and the Enneagram. Look for the conference in February on Spiritual Basics: Resources in Reaching for God. These resources include spirituality & temperament; dreams; meditation; spiritual direction and the labyrinth.
Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry is a four-year course developed by the School of Theology at Sewanee. Taken year by year it provides in-depth study of scripture, church history, theology and ethics along with a wonderful experience in community. We have a group meeting at St. Stephen’s on Monday nights and welcome new members.
Once a year the Inquirers Class introducing the basics of being an Episcopalian is led by the priest and other speakers. It is a refresher or an orientation for those seeking a deeper commitment to the church.
Cursillo is Spanish for a “short course in Christianity.” Probably a better definition is “a time of grace, an outpouring of God’s love and the love of us, one for another.” Cursillo covers a three-day weekend, Thursday evening through Sunday. During this weekend, you discover who Christ is, how He fits into your life, and how to deepen one’s walk with the Lord.
It is a time of laughter, tears, fun, and fellowship with those who care about you and love you.
A Cursillo weekend is simply AWESOME! Come feel His presence, His love, His comfort . . . His Grace. Ask our Rector Susan Sloan how you can be a part of this blessing.