Track 2

Track 2

What is the Bible?

The Rev. Carol Morehead
Class meets: September 17 - October 1

What is the bible?  How did this varied and rich collection come to be, and how do we relate to it? This four-week series will explore how the word of God confronts, challenges, and transforms the way we think and feel.  Using the themes in Rob Bell’s book What is the Bible?, the class will consider how to read the collection of books that make up the bible in a new way.

Episcopal Basics 

The Rev. Carol Morehead and The Rev. Matt Wise
Class meets: October 8 - 29

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry likes to talk about the Episcopal Church as ‘the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.’  What does it mean, then, to be an Episcopalian?  What do Episcopalians believe?  How do we live our faith?  What characteristics make us the Episcopal branch?  What do we have in common with other branches of the Jesus Movement?  This four-week class will be a basic primer for anyone who wants to explore or revisit some of the core concepts of what it means to be Episcopalian.

Daring Greatly: Showing Up, Being Seen, and Living Brave

The Rev. Matt Wise
Class meets: January 14 - February 4

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…”  (Theodore Roosevelt, April, 23, 1910). Using the work of shame researcher (and Episcopalian), Brené Brown, this four-week class will explore the difficult but necessary practice of vulnerability to live the fullest lives God dreams for us. Through discussions around shame, courage, and the importance of community, we will discover what it means to show up, to be seen, and to live bravely.

Eucharistic Instruction

The Rev. Carol Morehead and The Rev. Matt Wise
Class meets: February 18 – March 11

Designed especially for 2nd and 3rd graders and their families, this class dives into the rhythms and meaning of the Holy Eucharist.  Classes include looking at different parts of the service, handling the holy hardware, making bread, and understanding the sacred space.  Designed to be hands-on, the class invites these young people to be active participants on Sundays.

The Bible Challenge

The Rev. Beth Knowlton, The Rev. Carol Morehead, and The Rev. Matt Wise
Class meets: April 8, 15, 22, and May 6 (Not meeting April 29)

How does the bible challenge us?  Combining the two tracks of adult formation, this series will confront a different challenging story or section from the bible each week.  Why was the narrative included?  What might it be saying about God?  About us?  We will use a midrash approach of interpreting these challenging stories and sayings in an effort to understand ourselves and our faith more deeply.