Syllabus: Learning More about the Acts of the Apostles and Contemplative Prayer

Adult Formation at St. James’

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

  1. study of religious sources [Bible, Prayer Book, tradition, etc.]
  2. prayer [contemplation, lectio divina, centering prayer, examen, etc.]
  3. meaningful conversation [honest, open, focused, non-judgmental, shared, helpful, respectful, etc.]
  4. participation in the life of a faith community [learning groups, St. James’, The Episcopal Church, etc.]

Learning Groups

The purpose of this 7- week course is to learn more about The Acts of the Apostles and the Early Church and to practice contemplative prayer. Consider this goal: 15 minutes of Bible and prayer daily.

  • Sunday Learning Groups, 9:15 and 11:45 in Reception Room (Childcare for 5 years and younger)
  • Tuesday Learning Group, 10:30 in Reception Room
  • Home Learning Group Form your own group of two or more; meet in your own space.

Resource Books

  • Conversations with Scripture: The Acts of the Apostles, by C. K. Robertson
  • Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer, by Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J.

Session Dates and Readings

Apr 8 & 10 Luke 24:1-53 and Acts 1:1-26

Conversations with Scripture: The Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 1 (Optional)
Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer, Chapter 1 (Optional)

Apr 15 & 17 Acts 2:1-6:7

Conversations with Scripture: The Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2 (Optional)
Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer, Chapters 2-4 (Optional)

Apr 22 & 24 Acts 6:8-8:40

Conversations with Scripture: The Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 3 (Optional)
Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer, Chapters 5-7 (Optional)

Apr 29 & May 1 Acts 9:1-12:25

Conversations with Scripture: The Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 4 (Optional)
Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer, Chapters 8-10 (Optional)

May 6 & 8 Acts 13:1-15:41

Conversations with Scripture: The Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 5 (Optional)
Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer, Chapters 11-13 (Optional)

May 13 & 15 Acts 16:1-18:21

Conversations with Scripture: The Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 6 (Optional)
Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer, Chapter 14 (Optional)

May 20 & 22 Acts 21:1-28:30

Conversations with Scripture: The Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 7 (Optional)
Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer, Chapter 15 (Optional)

Learning Group Conversation Norms

Honest, open, focused, non-judgmental, shared, helpful, and respectful

Learning Group Creed

I am beloved of God. I am on a faith journey with Jesus Christ that touches my heart, and I am grateful to be walking in faith with companions along the way. I don’t need to be right; I do want to be faithful.