Practicing Our Faith in a World of Need
Life in Community:
This year in Sunday Forum, leaders from the theological and academic community will help us trace the meaning and origins of community, look at the challenges communities face, and the blessings they accrue.
Archive of Fall 2022 topics and videos below. For 2023, please return to the Adult Formation main page.
Aug 28 - Julia Bates
Intro to Community
Sept 4 - Jeannie BabbL
Community, Communitas, Communion
Sept 11 - Becky Wright
Community in Ancient Israel
Note: Due to technical difficulty, sound is out until 12:41.
Sept 18 - Scott Lee
The Community in which Jesus Lived, and the Community Jesus Gathered Around Him
Sept 25 - Jeannie BabbL
Women in Early Christian Community
Oct 2 - Tom DuMontier
Community in the Early Church
Oct 16 - Sr. Madeleine Mary
On Sunday mornings from 9:45 to 10:45, the Sunday Forum offers parishioners the opportunity to learn and grow in their faith together. From outside speakers to guided discussions, the format changes from week to week as do the topics.
As part of the parish's response to the COVID-19 crisis, Sunday Forum is a hybrid offering. You may join us in person or you may watch the presentation livestreamed on FaceBook. Please be aware that some of the classes involve small group interactions, which do not translate well to the livestream option. Most of the sessions have been recorded as well.
Sunday Forum is open to all ages. Some topics may be sensitive or mature.
Join us after the service for casual conversation, coffee, lemonade and treats. Coffee Hour is often set up outdoors, particularly when the CDC says Covid spread is high.
Connections for Parents
Connections for Parents: All parents and caregivers are invited to gather for conversation on Sunday mornings while the children have Sunday school. The class meets in Brooks Hall (or on the front porch when the weather is nice) for fellowship, support, and reflection on the hopes we have for our children. On Jan 29, 2023, Connections will begin a 6-week winter book study on Brené Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection. Feel free to invite a friend. The Rev. Giulianna Cappelletti Gray, Priest Associate, is the facilitator for the meetings.
At various times during the church year, we offer a Lectionary Class which focuses on the Gospel reading of the day. This is a facilitated discussion class. All ages are welcome to participate.
Other Formation Opportunities
In addition to Sunday school classes, adult formation at the Episcopal Parish of St. Mark & St. Paul includes many opportunities for learning, growing, and bonding. We enjoy lectures, music, and crafts during summer VB-Us. We take trips to area churches, classes, and museums. We engage in programs designed to dismantle racism, encourage ecumenical cooperation, and move toward economic justice in the area.