Sundays, 9:15 a.m., September – June
The goal of the Adult Forum is to help parishioners deepen their understanding of the Christian faith and how that faith is relevant in a difficult and uncertain world. The Forum can take many forms: a lecture/presentation by a renowned guest speaker, a round-table moderated by a member of Redeemer’s clergy, or perhaps a discussion led by a group of parishioners.
Although the number of parishioners who participate regularly is strong and growing, the Forum retains the intimacy of a small discussion group. For more information, contact the Parish Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Formation Classes
Most of Redeemer’s Christian Formation offerings are led by lay persons. However, the parish clergy regularly offer mid-week and evening classes during the course of the year for adults who seek to explore their faith more deeply. Recent topics have included: Establishing a Rule of Life, An Introduction to The Episcopal Church, Celtic Christianity, and Preparation for Baptism, Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation of Faith. Classes usually include a short presentation, small group sharing, discussion of prayer practices to try at home and, on occasion, other homework.
Christian Contemplative Group
Second Mondays, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m., September – June
The Christian Contemplative Group is a small, intimate group that gathers to deepen contemplative practices in community. Each session begins with a short liturgy of simple chants, readings, and centering prayer. The discussion that follows centers around a selected text. Through these contemplative practices, it is possible to learn to act in new ways, change old patterns, and develop our relationship with God, with ourselves, and others. All are welcome to drop in at any time. For more information, contact parishioner/facilitator Bob Yates: email@example.com.
Education for Ministry
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. September – June
Education for Ministry (EfM), a comprehensive curriculum for theological education developed by the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee), takes place at Redeemer on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings (September – June). Tuesday evenings are led by parishioner/facilitator Jo Barclay-Beard, and Wednesday mornings are led by Rev Cricket Park. The four-year curriculum covers Hebrew Scripture (the Old Testament), Christian Scripture (the New Testament), Church history, and Christian ethics and vocation. The curriculum emphasizes theological reflection and worship.
EfM is designed for lay people; it is not intended for those who feel called to the ordained ministry. Participants, who register for one year at a time, do not have to attend The Church of the Redeemer. For more information, contact Jo: firstname.lastname@example.org.