Syllabus for The Path: A Journey through the Bible

Adult Formation at Saint James’

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, Saint James’, The Episcopal Church]

The Path: A Journey through the Bible

Course Book: The Path: A Journey through the Bible ($10 paperback/334 pages; $10 Kindle)

Suggested Bible: Oxford Annotated Bible, New Revised Standard Version

Session Dates and Conversation Chapters

June 25 & June 27 Session 1: Chapters 1 & 2

July 2 & 4 Session 2: Chapters 3 & 4

July 9 & 11 Session 3: Chapters 5 & 6

July 16 & 18 Session 4: Chapters 7 & 8

July 23 & 25 Session 5: Chapters 9 & 10

July 30 & August 1 Session 6: Chapters 11 & 12

August 6 & 8 Session 7: Chapters 13, 14, & 15

August 13 & 15 Session 8: Chapters 16, 17, & 18

August 20 & 22 Session 9: Chapters 19, 20, & 21

August 27 & 29 Session 10: Chapters 22, 23, & 24

Learning Groups

The primary purpose of learning groups for The Path is to facilitate participants in getting an overview of the Bible story and applying Biblical themes to daily life, which will provide a solid foundation for deeper exploration of the Bible in the future. Participation in a learning group is not a requirement for summer adult formation, but it helps. Individual reading or occasional group attendance is fine. Do what works.

Sunday Learning Group, 9:15 in Reception Room (Childcare for five years and younger in Nursery)

Tuesday Learning Group, 10:30 in Reception Room

Home Learning Group (Form your own group of two or more; 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

Respectful Conversation 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
  • T = TRUST ambiguity because we are NOT here to debate who is right or wrong

Read the Bible in 91 Days!

“Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” – Book of Common Prayer, Proper 28

The adult formation ministry team is challenging all parishioners to read the Bible in 91 days! Can you do it? Will you do it?

Here’s the plan:

The summer program to read the Bible begins on Trinity Sunday (June 11) and ends on the Sunday after Labor Day (September 10). That’s 91 days.

— The book we will be using is The Path: A Journey Through the Bible. It includes all the primary passages of the Bible, using the New Revised Standard Version, which is the same translation you hear in church. In addition to actual Bible passages, there is connecting text to covers the sense of the omitted portions in order for readers to experience the complete Bible story.

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