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Adult Education

Bible studies, contemplative prayer, faith formation classes, book discussions, and group conversations around challenging issues offer opportunities to broaden and deepen Christian faith. These gatherings help us to explore and enhance our understanding of Jesus’ message and our relationship with God. Participation draws the community together and enriches our parish life. Everyone is invited to take part.

Wednesday Bible Study

Weekly Bible Studies bring a welcome midday break at 12:15 pm, as we explore a passage of scripture that is an appointed reading for the following Sunday. We gather in the church for this informal 45-minute discussion. All who can are welcome and encouraged to join us.

Faith Formation

The Psalms Project

Adult EducationWould you like to read the Book of Psalms, really read it? And not just read all 150 poems/songs/hymns that have been the backbone of Jewish and Christian worship for as long as both religions have had worshipers, but take them on and make them your own? That’s the goal of the Psalms Project, an adult education opportunity for the coming program year.

Psalms Project participants will meet with the Rev. Dr. Craig D. Townsend, Associate for Faith Formation, October through May on the first Wednesday of each month, 7:00-8:00 pm, for conversation about and exploration of these remarkable works. We will gather virtually on Zoom to start the year, and in person as soon as that is a safe practice. For access to the Zoom meetings, you will need to contact Fr. Craig at Adult Education

We will read the psalms in order, a few each week, and we won’t just study them. We’ll pray them and sing them to find their depths as poems and as spiritual expressions. The weekly reading schedule, an introduction to each week’s reading and other information about The Psalms Project and leader Fr. Craig are available here.

 

Race and Faith ~ Adult Education Series

Adult Education

St. Ann’s Associate for Faith Formation, Fr. Craig Townsend, and the parish clergy are excited to announce a four-part adult education series, Race and Faith, that will meet on Sunday afternoons, September 27, and October 4, 11, and 18, from 4:30-5:30 on Zoom.

It is deeply regrettable that it has taken a series of tragic and wrongful deaths of unarmed African-Americans at the hands of police in the last couple of years to loosen the hold that racist structures still have over this nation. And it is a frustrating thing that while it feels as if our society may be entering a period full of the possibility of repentance and change, the constraints posed by the COVID-19 pandemic continue to present obstacles to those possibilities. We Christians, driven by a belief in the presence of the risen Christ in every human being, are called to further that repentance and change – and we at St. Ann’s will do so in whatever way we can despite the challenges the pandemic forces upon us. An important starting point is to explore for ourselves, as followers of Jesus, how centuries-old racist structures hinder us even now and how our faith might help us to address and change them – and thereby us.

Participants will be assigned significant reading in preparation for each session, all of which will be available online and also in print, and we will utilize “breakout rooms” on Zoom to facilitate small-group conversations. We hope that many of you will commit to join us for all four sessions and strive to complete all of the reading. Please email Fr. Craig at The Psalms Project for registration and program materials.

Image: “Our Lady of Regla,” Harmonia Rosales

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