Sunday Morning Adult Forum
Join us Sundays between the 8:45 and 10:45 services,
in the back of the Undercroft, for a variety of adult education programming.
Check out our upcoming offerings below:
Medieval Christian Culture: December 3, 10 & 17
Medieval Christianity was much more exuberant and colorful than today’s movies and TV might lead you to believe. This three-part series will debunk a few misconceptions about Medieval European culture (yes, they did bathe regularly!) and will explore art and architecture as a means of understanding how Christians of that era viewed God, creation, and human experience.
1. MAPS - December 3
Yes, medieval Christians did know the world was round, but their maps still show that they thought about the world differently than we do now. North wasn’t up, Jerusalem was the center of the universe, and fantastic creatures abounded. This session will explore medieval maps as visual encyclopedias -- not just of the physical world and its inhabitants, but of Christian ideas about creation, incarnation, history, and apocalypse.
2. CATHEDRALS - December 10
A medieval cathedral is not only a wonder of architecture, but also a fascinating network of symbols. In this session, we’ll look at structure and sculpture in medieval church buildings, and make some comparisons with medieval maps. (Don’t worry if you missed the map session; there will be a review!) We’ll explore cathedrals as microcosms of the world, and discuss ways in which the buildings themselves were used for teaching and memorization.
3. BOOKS - December 17
How did people think about the Bible, and other Christian texts, when every book they had was a unique, handwritten copy? In this session, we’ll survey how books were made in Medieval Europe, and talk about some of the changes -- both accidental and deliberate -- that happened when books were copied by hand. We’ll also consider how medieval ideas about book-copying connected with ideas about icons, saints, and living a Christlike life.
New Beginnings: January 7, 14, & 21
Join us as we kick off the New Year with a 3-week conversation about beginning new chapters in life. Each week, led by parishioners, we will look at a different chapter in life’s journey: Week 1 will be on New Parents, Week 2 on Job Change, and Week 3 Retirement. Sometimes change can be difficult and bewildering - especially when it’s a crying baby or a new job or vast swathes of free time - and can leave one scrambling for all the “How to” manuals one can find. Though we probably won’t solve all the challenges of each new chapter, it will be a time where we can come together and share our collective wisdom and experience in the hopes that these new beginnings may be illuminated and enriched and shown to be the beginning of new adventures.
St. Paul's Reads "Let Your Life Speak" this Advent
Join us during Advent in reading Parker Palmer's classic book Let Your Life Speak. This is a book that opens up conversation around listening, vocation, and compassion - themes resonant with the spirit of Advent. We will be offering several small group opportunities that will meet over 3 sessions:
Sunday at 7pm, led by Eileen Sharbaugh in the Library
Wednesday at Noon, led by Rev. Noah H. Evans in the Conference Room
Wednesday at 6:30pm, led by Rev. Garrett Yates in the Chapel
Thursday at 6:30pm, led by Erin Morey in the Lounge
Groups will begin the week of 12/3, convene the following two weeks, ending the week of 12/17.
Here is a schedule of the chapters we will discuss each week,
so you know what to read ahead of time:
Week 1 - Chapters 1&2
Week 2 - Chatpers 3&4
Week 3 - Chapters 5&6
***Both Garrett and Noah have copies of the book to purchase for $15 or you can order it on Amazon or another online seller
***Email Garrett ([email protected]) with any questions; no need to RSVP, just choose a time that works for you and come.
St. Paul's Discussion Group
Christmas is coming, but it's easy to get caught up in the commercial ways this holiday is celebrated. This month, St. Paul's discussion group invites you to come and share a story of love! Please join us, and be prepared to talk about something that, to you, represents a demonstration of love. This can be a story you heard from a loved one, or the media, or something you experienced yourself. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!
Wednesday Noon Bible Study
Meets each Wednesday from noon-1PM. You are to invite each of you to come (bring a lunch) as we share God's word together. Currently we are reading Luke’s Gospel. The Rector participates in this weekly gathering.