The Rector's Forum
Christian Identity In An Increasingly Polarized World - The Rector’s Forum 2018-2019
The Rev. Elizabeth Knowlton, The Rev. Mary Earle, The Rev. Dr. John Lewis, and The Rev. Dr. Jane Patterson
“Once when Jesus was praying alone, with only the disciples near him, he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ They answered, ‘John the Baptist; but others, Elijah; and still others, that one of the ancient prophets has arisen.’ He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’”
- Luke 9:18-20
As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe that modeling our lives through our baptismal promises is a primary way we are formed as Christians. With so much division and polarization in our world, there can be a tendency to step away from practices that form us, and instead try to label and judge our identity in ways that do not allow for individual discernment and the particular expression each of us is called to offer to the world. This year we will explore in depth the promises we make and reaffirm in our baptismal covenant. The hope is that further reflection on these promises gives us a clearer understanding of who we are as Christians and why it makes a difference to us and our world. We will explore the history, theology, practices, and habits that help us to live a life that embodies an “inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, and a spirit to know and love God, and receive the gift of joy and wonder in all God’s works” (adapted from the service of Holy Baptism, BCP p. 308).
Introduction: What is the Baptismal Covenant? Why renew it several times a year? How is it meant to inform our lives?
Part I: How do we continue in the apostles teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers?
September 23 - October 7
Part II: How do we persevere in resisting evil, and whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord?
October 21, 28, November 11, 18
Part III: How do we proclaim by word and example the Good News?
January 13 - 20
Part IV: How do we seek Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves?
January 27 - February 24
Part V: How do we strive for justice and peace?
March 3 - 31
Becoming A More Compassionate City - Faith in the City
The Rev. Elizabeth Knowlton
May 5 and 12
Did you know that the City of San Antonio is a signatory to the Charter for Compassion? Using principles from the major faith traditions, it seeks to unite people of faith to increase our capacity to be compassionate. This two-week class will look at the charter for compassion and the principles we can incorporate into our own lives to become more compassionate individuals and civic participants. We will use the work of theologian and historian Karen Armstrong.