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.
FALL 2020 BIBLE STUDY: WITH HEARTS ENLIGHTENED
Adult Christian Formation presents the Fall 2020 Bible Study, inspired by the theme verse selected by the Rt. Rev. David Reed for 2020, "With the eyes of our hearts enlightened" (Ephesians 1:18).
Beginning Monday October 12th, members of the diocese will explore how Paul's prayer for the church in Ephesus still rings true for our modern world, especially during this unusual year.
Week 1 is available now. To listen, click here.
MIGRANT CYCLE OF PRAYER
Beginning October 15th, join the diocesan Immigration Ministries in prayer for everyone impacted by the crisis at our boarder, led each Thursday by diocesan clergy. This weekly, online gathering for 15 minutes of prayer begins at 7:00 PM CST. For more information, click here.
WALKING WITH ASYLUM SEEKERS:
MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONGREGATIONS
Join Episcopal Migration Ministries for a 3-part training series for congregations interested in supporting and walking alongside asylum seekers. The 90-minute virtual events will provide advocacy updates, resources for group discernment, ministry models, and important considerations when engaging in ministry with asylum seekers.
Participants may choose to attend one or more of the virtual events on October 8th, 20th, and 27th at 4:00 PM CT. For more information, click here.
A PEOPLE CALLED EPISCOPALIANS
Want to be more familiar with the Episcopal Church?
Led by Father Jonathan and Mother Cynthia, this 7-session class works to deepen our understanding of what it means to be Episcopalian. For more information on our next offering, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 at (361) 813-1763 or via email at email@example.com.
THE CONVERSATION AT ALL SAINTS'
What's on our hearts right now?
Join The Rev. Jonathan Wickham for our Zoom Webinar Series “The Conversation At All Saints'," where we invite guests to discuss the pressing issues we currently face in our America.
To learn more about "The Conversation At All Saints'," please visit us our Facebook page at All Saints' Episcopal Church. To watch our latest episode, click here.
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
WISDOM CLASS: HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON
In October, Wisdom Class will be exploring John Meacham's His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope. This book is a biography of John Lewis, a man who began preaching to chickens when he was only 7-years-old!
Interested in Wisdom Class?
Wisdom Class meets Tuesdays or Thursdays and kicks off October 6th and 8th. 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.
PARISH BOOK STUDY
This year, Parish Book Study will be reading The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian McLaren. Starting October 19th, study groups will be meeting Mondays from 12-1:15 PM or Tuesdays from 5:30-7 PM. Over the course of seven weeks via Zoom, we'll be discussing in great depth how McLaren's book speaks to our parish, Christianity, and beyond. To join, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Please visit http://efm.sewanee.edu to learn more about EfM.