Formation Offerings

Sunday Formation During the Program Year 

Wrestling Required - Changed By Our Encounters With God

Facilitated by The Rev. Ann Benton Fraser, The Rev. Matthew Wise, and The Rev. Elizabeth Knowlton
10.10am, The Radius

Change is almost always difficult and can sometimes even be painful. In the story of Jacob (Genesis 35), Jacob has a wrestling match that breaks his hip, but changes his very identity. This class is intended to help us dig deeply into our own spiritual journeys, invite us to wrestle with how we experience God, ourselves, and each other, and to challenge us to engage our faith in ways that might actually change who we are. We will use a new format in this forum which will begin with a 15-20 minute teaching led by clergy and laity from around The Episcopal Church. (These teachers are trusted colleagues and friends of your St. Mark’s clergy and we very much look forward to their participation with us in this forum!) The class will then have table conversations in small groups facilitated by intentionally crafted discussion questions.

Each week will offer a self-contained class in the following categories:
Breaking Open the Basics
September 8 – October 6

Where the Holy Meets the Real World
October 20 – November 24

God’s Dream for the World
January 12 – February 23

Accepting the Invitation to a Holy Lent
March 1 – March 22

It’s Resurrection, Not Resuscitation
April 19 - May 10

Bread for the Journey - Conversations for Newcomers, Seekers, and New Christians

The Rev. Elizabeth Knowlton
Class Meets: September 8 - November 24
10.10am, Dean Richardson Room (2nd Floor)

Often when we are new to a Christian community, new to the Episcopal Church, or our even our Christian walk, we long for informal conversations. We hope to be able to ask questions in a safe environment, explore how we found ourselves at this particular point of our journey, and meet others who are inquirers. Join us this fall for coffee, conversation, and topical discussions for practical living as Christians. Each class will stand on its own. If you are visiting for the first time, this is a great option for you! We will discuss everything from the bible to Anglican tradition, Spiritual Practices, and how to get more connected at St. Mark’s.