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Adult Faith Formation at All Saints Parish

Human beings have a marvelous capacity to learn. As children, we are curious about the world around us. Our first teachers in the faith are our parents, augmented by church school teachers, mentors, and others. Our spiritual learning builds on this early foundation and continues throughout our lives. Faith formation is a life-long experience, attained by the grace of God and in the company of others.

At All Saints Parish we realize that adults learn in a variety of ways and from a variety of sources. For that reason, we try to offer an array of options designed to nurture spiritual growth. Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at All Saints Parish.

For more information about any of these programs, please contact one of the co-chairs of the Adult Education Committee:

Marianne Evett mbevett@gmail.com
Claudia Deane clincolndeane@hotmail.com

Make me know your ways, O Lord. Teach me your paths. (Psalm 25:4)

 

SPECIAL ONE TIME EVENTS

Lenten retreat: All Creation Declares God's Glory

Saturday, March 24, 9am to 12noon.
Facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Priest Associate at Grace Church, Amherst, MA.
Contact Marianne Evett: mbevett@gmail.com.

A long-time environmental activist, Margaret has led spiritual retreats for the past 25 years. She was the principal author of the Pastoral Letter, "To Serve Christ in All Creation," issued by the Episcopal bishops of New England in 2003. Margaret is a graduate of Stanford (B.A., '74) and Harvard (Ph.D., '88), and completed a program in spiritual direction at Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation ('88). She served for several years as chaplain to the House of Bishops, and taught courses on prayer and spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School (M.Div.,'88) from 1991 to 2005. She has been a leader in Religious Witness for the Earth (rwearth.org) since her arrest in 2001 at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. Please visit her website for more information: www.holyhunger.org.

Please note: On Sunday, March 18th, at 11:45am, we will show God So Loved the World, a 25-minute power point presentation designed by Margaret. This session is a "stand alone" learning event, but is also a wonderful way to prepare for the Lenten retreat.

Diocesan Spring Learning Event: Saturday, March 3, 9am to 4pm, Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont Street, Boston.

This year's event will explore mission formation and how local and global partnerships can merge to become "glocal."  Sunitha Mortha, Director of Global Formation and Missions for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will introduce an "accompaniment" model which encourages fuller, more authentic collaboration between groups. To register: www.diomass.org.

 

Walking with God

6 sessions on Thursday evenings, 7:30 to 8:30pm.

Oftentimes the spiritual journey involves simply putting one foot in front of another as we cross new thresholds and trust in God's steadfast guidance and care. This series will include the stories of three people connected to our parish, hopefully opening up opportunities for stories about participants' lives of faith. During Lent we will study Margaret Guenther's new book Walking Home: From Eden to Emmaus. Guenther unpacks the truths within a variety of "walking stories" from both the Hebrew scriptures as well as the gospels. Copies of her book will be available for purchase by Ash Wednesday, Feb 22. Please contact Marianne Evett for more information: mbevett@gmail.com.

February 2: Harold Petersen, Associate Professor of Economics at Boston College, and the Rev. David Killian, Rector, will describe their roles (both in this parish and beyond it) in the civil rights movement of the 60s.

March 1: The Rev. Cristina Rathbone, Associate Minister at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, will describe her journey with God as a mother, priest, writer, and advocate for the homeless and those in prison.

March 8, 15, 22, 29: Small group discussion of Margaret Guenther's book.

ADULT EDUCATION/FORMATION SERIES

On MONDAYS:

Journeys in Faith. 8 classes starting on Monday, Jan 30 (no class on President's Day Feb 20), 7 to 8:30pm. Small group discussion group for adults wishing to be baptized, confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. Assigned readings from Your Faith, Your Life: An Invitation to the Episcopal Church by Jenifer Gamber & Bill Lewellis. Contact David Killian: rectord@allsaintsbrookline.org.

 

On TUESDAYS:

Transitions Group. 1st Tuesday of each month, starting Sept 6, 7 to 8:30pm. A group for men and women seeking new or fuller employment opportunities. Includes Bible study, prayer, and discussion. Contact David Killian: rectord@allsaintsbrookline.org.

Knitting, Crocheting & Contemplation: A monthly session for fellowship, holy conversation and a chance to work on current projects or begin new ones. People with all skill levels are welcome! Contact Sharon Siwiec for dates and times: dlrow@comcast.net.

 

On THURSDAYS:

Awareness Meditation Group. Weekly group for men and women who want to learn a variety of ways to meditate/pray. Well-suited for beginners as well as for more experienced practitioners. 6:45 to 7:30, ending on June 7, 2012. Contact David Killian: rectord@allsaintsbrookline.org. For more information, please click here.

Women of Wisdom. Monthly group for women (Jan 12, Feb 9, Mar 8, Apr 12, May 10, Jun 14), 9:30am to 1pm. An interfaith group for spiritual nourishment and connection designed to help participants find inspirational ways to face life's challenges. $10 to cover the cost of the room rental. Please bring a bag lunch. Please call at least one day prior to coming to group for the first time: 617-244-3650.

Yoga class. 3 Thursdays/month (class does not meet on the 1st Thursday), 6 to 7pm. $10/session. Suitable for beginners as well as those more experienced. Contact Maija Gray mimigray4@gmail.com.

 

On FRIDAYS:

On the Authentic Life: 5 session film series that explores the quest to be who we truly are, to be accepted for who are really are – in other words, to live an authentic and truthful life. Each session includes a simple potluck supper, watching the movie together, and discussing it afterwards. Free! 7 to 10pm at the church. Please bring a dish to contribute to the meal. Contact: Stacy Straaberg Finfrock stacystraaberg@gmail.com. For more information, please click here.

January 27: Imitation of Life
February 24: Far from Heaven
March 30: Transamerica
April 27: Batman Begins
May 25: The Secret Life of Bees

 

On SATURDAYS:

Men's Book Group. Every other Saturday morning, starting on Jan 7, 8 to 9am. The first session will include discussion about Falling Upward by Richard Rohr. Books are chosen by the group. Contact Peter Stringham peter.stringham@gmail.com.

Sacred Circle Dance. 6 sessions (Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 10, Apr 21, May 12, Jun 9), 6:30 to 8:30pm. Designed to help participants learn simple dance movements that connect them to the Spirit of God moving within and among. Contact Karen McIntosh: karen_mc3@yahoo.com.

Women's Book Group. 1 Saturday/month, starting on Jan 28, 10:30am to 12noon. The January meeting will focus on Letters from Prison by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Books are chosen by the group. Contact Sharon Siwiec: dlrow@comcast.net.

 

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