Adult Formation in Easter & Pentecost 2017

Learning More about Today’s Episcopal Church: Challenges and Opportunities

Adult Formation at Saint James’ Warrenton

Adult formation is learning about the faith and being formed by the triune God through

1) study of religious sources [Bible, Prayer Book, books, etc.]

2) contemplative prayer [lectio divina, contemplation, centering prayer, examen, etc.]

3) meaningful conversation [honest, open, focused, non-judgmental, helpful, respectful, etc.]

4) and participation in the life of a faith community. [learning groups, St. James’, The Episcopal Church]

Learning More about Today’s Episcopal Church: Challenges and Opportunities

Primary Book

The Episcopal Way ($10 paperback/100 pages; $10 Kindle)

Secondary Book

People of the Way ($10 paperback/130 pages; $10 Kindle)

Session Schedule

Gathering (5 min.), Lecture, Q&A (20), Conversation (15), Sending (5)

Session Dates and Topics

  • May 7 & May 9 — Session 1: Discovering the Episcopal Way [Chapter 1]What’s the Story? [Chapter 2]
  • May 14 & May 16 — Session 2: Digital Media and the Incarnation [Chapter 3], A Multi-Tasking World and a Liturgical Church [Chapter 4]
  • May 21 & May 23 — Session 3: Network Theory and a Networked Church [Chapter 5], Flattened Authority and a Democratic Church [Chapter 6]
  • May 28 & May 30 — Session 4: Globalization and an Indigenous Church [Chapter 7], Secularism and a Thoughtful yet Mystical Church [Chapter 8]
  • June 4 & June 6 — Session 5: Returning to the Via Media [Chapter 9], Uniting Beauty and Justice [Chapter 10]
  • June 11 & June 13 — Session 6: Practicing Mutuality with the Other [Chapter 11]
  • June 18 & June 20 — Session 7: Falling in Love with God Again [Chapter 12], June 25 & June 27 Session 8: Walking the Episcopal Way [Conclusion]

Learning Groups

  • Sunday Learning Group #1, 9:15am in Reception Room (Childcare for five years and younger in Nursery)
  • Sunday Learning Group #2, 11:45am in Reception Room
  • Tuesday Learning Group, 10:30am in Reception Room
  • Home Learning Group (Form your own group; meet in your own space. Contact Fr. Randolph for more information.)
  • Online Learning Group (Join the Saint James’ Adult Formation Facebook group.)

Learning Group Conversation Norms

  • Honest, open, focused, non-judgmental, and helpful
  • Shared and balanced participation
  • Respectful Communication Guidelines
  • R = take RESPONSIBILITY for what you say and feel without blaming others
  • E = use EMPATHETIC listening
  • S = be SENSITIVE to differences in communication styles
  • P = PONDER what you hear and feel before you speak
  • E = EXAMINE your own assumptions and perceptions
  • C = keep CONFIDENTIALITY
  • T = TRUST ambiguity because we are NOT here to debate who is right or wrong