Adult Education for 2023-24

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The Christian life is an adventure. As we go through our lives, there is always something new to learn, something new to discover. This year we will continue to explore our roots, who we are now, and the places where our faith and the world intersect.

Whenever possible, we will offer all our programs in person and virtually. Please make plans to attend in whatever format best fits your circumstances.

See our brochure for Offerings for the 2023-2024 Christian Education Season.

Novel Theology for 2023-24

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Novel TheologyNovel Theology is a lively discussion group. Meetings are held the third Sunday of the month from September through May at 9:15 a.m. in the Great Hall Classroom. There will be coffee, snacks, fellowship, and conversation!

September 17, 2023 – A Place Called Hope, by Philip Gulley
October 15, 2023 – News of the World, by Paulette Jiles
November 19, 2023 – – Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
December 17, 2023 – The Twelve Days of Christmas, by James Patterson and Tad Safran
January 21, 2024 – Aunt Dimity and the Enchanted Cottage, by Nancy Atherton
February 18, 2024 – – A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles
March 17, 2024 – – Murder in an English Village, by Jessica Ellicot
April 21, 2-24 – The Falconer’s Quest, by T Davis Bunn and Isabella Bunn

Adult Education for February 2023

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There are three upcoming opportunities for AWESOME spiritual growth.

THIS SUNDAY, February 19, 2023 at 9:15 a.m. Learn about the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. We will meet in the Great Hall classroom in-person or LIVE via Zoom. ALL are welcome.

NEXT SUNDAY, February 26, 2023 at 9:15 a.m. Growing up in the Church – what we learned about faith, race, and gender featuring Teri Quinn-Gray, Denise Burgher, and Fr Howie. We will meet in the Great Hall classroom in-person or LIVE via ZOOM. ALL are Welcome!

INQUIRERS CLASS on Mondays in Lent at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Are you looking for a general refresher on the Christian faith and the Anglican / Episcopal way of approaching it? Do you have questions you have always wanted answers to? Do you wonder what makes us, us? Attend one class or several! ALL are Welcome!

Adult Education to begin for Fall 2022

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Adult Education Fall 2022ALL are welcome to participate in St. Thomas’s adult education, via Zoom or in-person in the Great Hall classroom.

For the next few weeks, Larry Duggan will be leading us in an exploration of Liturgical Language – why do we say what we do and what does it even mean?

Please save the following Sunday dates at 9:15 a.m.:
October 18, 2022
October 25, 2022
November 1, 2022

My Faith / Your Faith – Becoming who and what we are

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From a boatful, to billionsCHRISTIANITY – The first 1500 years viewed through the lenses of the 1st, 4th, 11th, and 16th centuries. This series is scheduled for February 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2002 from 10-11:20 a.m.

Each century since the Resurrection of Christ is worthy of study and contemplation as part of the ongoing narrative of the Jesus movement, the story of the Church- your story and mine. The four centuries listed below are prime examples of this. We will spend some time on four Thursday mornings in February, via ZOOM, to examine the Church’s story in each of them. If you would like to participate, please email Fr. Bill from St. Nicholas at

First Century: The century of the Resurrection and the birth of the Church
Fourth Century: Begins Christian domination from the time of the
Roman/Byzantine empire to the 20th century
Eleventh Century: The century of the great East/West schism
Sixteenth Century: The century the Church in the West is reshaped

From a boatful, to billions: An absurdly short history of Christianity

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Adult Education invites you to this 6-week series on Sundays beginning at 9 a.m., January 30 – April 13, 2022 except February 27, in-person with precautions and via Zoom. Sessions will be recorded.

Who invented Church? How did we go from a few fishermen to billions of faithful people? And, what relevance can the church have in a time when belief seems to have become a dirty word? In six sessions, we will follow the development of the Christian Movement from the time of the Apostles to the Electronic Age. Along the way, there will be a few heretics and councils, but we will also talk about how our past shapes us and what we believe. Come along for new insights on familiar stories and maybe some new information too.

Adult Education classes

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Dear Parishioners,

Regular 9:15 a.m. Adult Classes will resume December 5, 2021 (not November) with “Telling our Story: Easing into Evangelism”, led by Fr. Howie.

Rue Manning, Co-chair, Adult Christian Education

Adult Education Fall 2021 events

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All are welcome to join the Adult Education Fall 2021 events shared below.

Join Fr. Howie and Fr. Jim plus a weekly special guest for a 12-week series discussing The Beatitudes in the 21st Century. For reference, see

3-week mini series on Sunday, October 3, 10, and 17, 2021 at 9:15 a.m.: Celtic Spirituality offered in-person with precautions and LIVE via Zoom. ALL are Welcome to explore Celtic Spirituality. Meets in the parlor in-person with precautions and live via Zoom.

The Sacramental Life study series

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The Sacramental LifeThe sacraments are intended to tie together our life in the world and our relationship with God. In words and gestures, they represent and embody what we believe. So, it is well worth the time to think about what the sacraments are saying to and for us.

In this Lenten series, we will take a look at three elements of Christian practice that are among the faithful: baptism, Eucharist, and the rites surrounding death and burial. We will also review more briefly some of the other sacraments, including marriage, ordination, and unction.

This is a 3 week series available via ZOOM on March 7, 14, and 28 at 10:45 a.m.