Adult Formation Update: Summer Plans

The Final Sessions of “Learning More about Today’s Episcopal Church

Sunday, June 18, 9:15 and 11:45 and Tuesday, June 20, 10:30

The Episcopal Way

  • Chapter 12, “Falling in Love with God Again”
  • Conclusion, “Walking the Episcopal Way”

People of the Way

  • Chapter 7, “Living as Disciples”
  • Chapter 8, “Organized for Mission”

All are welcome, whether you have read the assignments or not! Seriously!!

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The Path: A Journey through the Bible (Published by Forward Movement)

June 25 – August 29, Sundays at 9:15 and Tuesdays at 10:30

Read the Bible in 70 days… or 24 hours!

The Path includes all the primary passages of the Bible in the New Revised Standard Version, the same version we use in worship. Connecting text folds in paraphrases from Scripture that are not quoted. There are also study questions and suggestions. Each of the 24 chapters are 10-15 pages long, and a  chapter can be read and studied in less than an hour. There are 70 days left in the summer; that’s 10 weeks. That’s less than two hours a week of Bible reading. We can do this! Plus God wants us to do it.

The adult formation goal for Saint James’ is that as many parishioners as possible read The Path, the entire book, by Labor Day. If we reach that goal, it means that a large percentage of active parishioners will have revisited or read for the first time the whole Bible story. That means that we will have taken a huge step towards becoming a more Biblically literate congregation. We can and will, with God’s help.

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Fr. Ben’s Response to the Anglican Primates’ Recent Actions

compass_rose_400While God may have called me to ordained ministry, I have long claimed that there are two core reasons why I am an Episcopal priest.

The first is centered around my experience as a navy brat. On average I moved every two years. I lived in the south, New England, the Pacific Northwest, and even overseas. Regardless where I lived, I belonged to ONE church, each new building or congregation an extension of the other.   The second reason is affirmed in the prayer for the newly baptized. We pray for an “inquiring and discerning heart”.   Our creedal beliefs and our identity as the body of Christ hold us together, but while we may have one head, Jesus Christ, we do not share one mind.

There is no ultimate earthly authority on the myriad of complex issues we face in the world today. We have tools, the three legged stool of scripture, tradition, and reason, our ecclesiastical governance, our common prayer, but we do not have universal consensus or a crib sheet of the church’s stance regarding x, y, and z (for which I am mightily grateful).

Even here at Saint James’ Episcopal Church, as the rector, I still speak only for myself. Our congregation holds as many worldviews, political, social, and theological views as we have members. I revel in the dynamism of our Thursday discussions with the bishop as we share, challenge, and learn from our different perspectives. I also believe when we gather communed by Christ’s grace and love and not by our like mindedness, we stand as a witness to our faith and an icon to the outside world.

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