Lent Term Adult Formation Classes

Every Sunday, from 03/10/2019 to 04/07/2019, 12:00 AM

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The Great Christian Mystics: We are all called to be mystics. To be a mystic simply means we have journeyed from an intellectual belief system to actual inner experience. The 20th century gave us incredible Christian mystic leaders including Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Henri Nouwen. Each week we will explore the life and teaching of an influential Christian mystic and their unique invitation to us to experience God’s love in a life transforming way. Taught by the Rev. Greg Farrand and others, Broome Hall.

Living the Questions: Living the Questions features a video series that explores the best of today’s theological thought, and invites conversation among participants where together we can strive to explore what’s next for Christianity. In this class, 35 of today’s leading religious voices will help guide us through three phases of exploration:

• Invitation to Journey 

• Honoring Creation

• Call to Covenant.

Classes and discussions are facilitated by Rev. Sarah Carver and Rev. Nathan Finnin, Roe Library

Hearing God’s Story: The Narrative of Scripture: (March 17, 24 and 31). The earliest Christians inhabited a “storied” world. Not only did they inherit Israel’s sacred narrative but they also constructed their own identity around certain stories- stories about God, Israel, the Gentiles and, of course, Jesus. In this class we shall attend carefully to storytelling, first in the Old Testament and early Judaism, and then across the pages of the New Testament, in order to sort out how these ancient stories worked, and how the story of Jesus was treasured and shaped to meet the needs of the emerging church. This class will explore ways to read, interpret and, ultimately, to inhabit the Biblical story. Week 1: Abraham and God’s Mission for the World . Week 2: Israel and the Torah: A Holy People on Mission . Week 3: Jesus and the Kingdom of God. Taught by Dr. Jason Myers, Professor of New Testament at Greensboro College, Haywood Duke Room.

Inquirer’s Class: The Inquirer’s Class is for Holy Trinity Newcomers and New Members who want to learn about the rich faith traditions and practices of the Episcopal Church, current members seeking a “refresher course,” and those who want to explore ways to more deeply live out faith at Holy Trinity. Using Walk in Love: Episcopal Beliefs and Practices as a resource, the class is an overview of the history, theology, worship, and practices of the Episcopal Church and an introduction to meaningful ministry at Holy Trinity. The Inquirer’s Class is excellent preparation for adults seeking Confirmation or Reception into the Episcopal Church on June 16. Taught by the Rev. Mark Lile-King, Smyth Library