Syllabus: Becoming Easter People

Adult Formation at Saint 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 |  9:15am and 11:45am in Reception Room (Childcare for 5 years and younger)
  • Tuesday Learning Group |  10:30am 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.