THE ACADEMY OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION
The Academy of Spiritual Formation is how we think about adult spiritual formation. We understand that seekers and learners come from a variety of backgrounds, ask different questions, and respond to a multitude of learning environments.
Within the Academy framework, we don’t do "one thing." We offer a plethora of formation opportunities presented by clergy, our community, or from our vast network of local and national teachers.
Here are some of the ways we do that.
Lenten Offerings from All Saints' and beyond:
PARADISE LOST: THE 3-SESSION STUDY VIA ZOOM
During the season of Lent, please join Dr. Catherine Cox of a discussion of John Milton's Paradise Lost. In this majestic epic, Milton celebrates God's creation and brings to life the human drama of Adam and Eve's fall.
Three one-hour sessions will be held at Noon on Mondays beginning on March 8th.
The first session on March 8th will center around the Creation story (excerpts from Book VII); the second session on March 15th will revolve around the Fall (Books IX, X, and XII); and the third session on March 22nd will close on the Expulsion from Paradise.
For the Zoom link to this limited event, please email Alice Berecka at email@example.com.
ONLINE LENTEN SERIES: "NEVERTHELESS THE KINGDOM HAS COME NEAR TO YOU"
This five-week, online series will explore how God has been moving and blessing us through the last year. From 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM each Wednesday evening during Lent, join a different presenter from throughout the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas for their reflection on the 2021 diocesan scripture theme: "Nevertheless the Kingdom has come near to you" (Luke 10:11). Each week will also include opportunities for breakout discussion with other members of your church and a Questions & Answer section.
Registration will not be required. Contact the Rev. Eric Holloway, rector of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in San Antonio and series organizer, at firstname.lastname@example.org for links to join.
EPISCOPAL MIGRATION MINISTRIES: DAILY LENTEN DEVOTIONAL SERIES
Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), in partnership with members of the Episcopal Asylum Ministry Network, is offering a daily Lenten devotional series. Written reflections will be released daily beginning Ash Wednesday, February 17, through Easter Sunday, April 4. Reflections will also be available on the EMM website blog.
“EMM’s Lenten devotional series offers daily reflections on Isaiah 58 by EMM supporters, friends, and ministry partners through the lens of migration,” said Allison Duvall, EMM manager for church relations and engagement.
Sign up here to receive EMM Lenten Devotions via email.
On-going Formation Offerings:
CHRIST-CENTERED PRAYER CLASS
"I will not leave you comfortless" (John 14:18). All Saints' presents, "Christ Centered Prayer (CCP)," a meditation practice of simplicity and silence. Instruction is given, no experience necessary.
Mondays from 6-7 PM via Zoom. Please contact Mary Carpenter via email at email@example.com.
WISDOM CLASS: WITNESS: LESSONS FROM ELIE WIESEL'S CLASSROOM
Wisdom Class has begun reading Ariel Burger's Witness: Lessons From Elie Wiesel's Classroom.
Interested in Wisdom Class?
Join us! Wisdom Class meets Tuesdays or Thursdays and kicks off Jan. 19th and Jan. 21st. Both classes meet weekly from 10:00-11:30 AM. Please email Jan Hilton at Janannehilton@gmail.com for more information and access to the Zoom Link.
THE GARDEN: AN EVENING OF CREATIVE EXPRESSION
Bring a poem to share, a song to sing, or some art to show. The work can be your own original creation, or you can share a favorite poem, song, or art piece created by someone else.
All are welcome--to listen, to share, and to connect to each other through our creative expressions.
As a security measure, registration for this event is required. Please email Alice Berecka at
EfM (Education for Ministry)
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of personal renewal and spiritual transformation based upon individual study and practice.
Deeply rooted in the Christian tradition — yet, open to all — EfM invites us to engage in study, worship, and theological reflection. Guided by trained mentors, participants meet each week in a small group setting for a period of 2-3 hours. Over the course of 9 months, group members are invited to connect more deeply with God and our role in bringing God’s healing love to our hurt and broken world.
New groups begin in September and run through mid-May. All course materials are provided by the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.
In compliance with current guidelines given by Bishop Reed restricting in-person gatherings, we will begin the 2020-21 program year by meeting virtually via Zoom. Meetings are scheduled from 4-6:30 pm on Thursday afternoons. If personal gatherings become possible at some point, any and all participants may continue to participate remotely if they choose. We are comfortable with a hybrid community experience and committed to making the new landscape as comfortable as possible for all of our members.