Adult Education Series: Justified by Her Children: Deeds of Courage Confronting A Tradition of Racism
In the upcoming weeks we will read Justified by Her Children: Deeds of Courage Confronting a Tradition of Racism by Roy G. Pollina. The book chronicles the journey of Christ Episcopal Church in Martinsville, Virginia as its priest and people clashed over racism in their town and in larger society.
Our focus in the next few weeks will be a series of sermons from African-American leaders in the Episcopal Church. Absalom Jones and William Douglass were the first two rectors of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia. Jones established the church in 1792 after splitting from a Methodist Church and was ordained priest by William White, the Presiding Bishop.
Our discussions for this series will be based around the work of the current Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, who wrote a book Catholic Evangelism for the Affirming Catholicism book series. Cottrell’s work focuses on how churches can create a culture of evangelism while remaining open, affirming, and Anglo-Catholic. Dec. 5th: We'll begin our series by focusing on the initial section of Catholic Evangelism that defines and explores the meaning of evangelism, evangelization, and mission. It will be helpful for our
Sunday, September 19th: Now that we have made our way through Daniel, we are taking a few weeks to work our way through the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer on pages 845-862, or available in PDF here. For our first week, we will focus on the sections ‘Human Nature,’ ‘God the Father,’ ‘The Old Covenant,’ and ‘The Ten Commandments.’ These initial sections will lay the groundwork for the following sections on Jesus, the Spirit, and the Christian life.
Our Adult Education will be turning to the book of Daniel for the next few weeks. Daniel has some well-known stories in it with the lions' den and the writing on the wall. But many of us may not know very much about the contents and meaning of the book beyond these childhood stories especially as it is read on Sunday morning only once every three years. We will be trying to remedy this gap in our knowledge by reading
The Book of Common Prayer asks us to observe a holy Lent "by self‑examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self‑denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word." To help us read and meditate on God’s holy Word, we will be taking time each week to study St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians together at noon on Tuesdays via Zoom. Fr. Will will introduce the reading from Scripture and facilitate the discussion. There will be no preparation or outside
Week 1: Praying with the BCP In this session, we will look at the Book of Common Prayer with an emphasis on daily prayer. The Book of Common Prayer is at the heart of our life as Episcopalians but can often intimidate us when we try to open it up. We will start to navigate the various parts of the BCP to understand some of the services that make up our liturgical life together. We will end our time together by