Adult Formation this Autumn

At St. Stephen’s, we emphasize social justice, contemplative spirituality, and the arts. We are so pleased that our three adult formation offerings this Autumn speak to these three emphases. Until Franklin County returns to a moderate or low level of Covid spread, these offerings will be online-only. You can join in on Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00 by clicking this link.

September: A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues

An Adult Formation class led by Elliott Bush, based around Margot and Martin Hodson’s A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues. Click here learn more.

  • September 2 – Discovering God’s Earth
  • September 9 – Biodiversity
  • September 16 – Climate Change
  • September 23 – Water
  • September 30 – Human population & consumption

October: Experiments in Prayer & Meditation

An Adult Formation class led by Patricia Rose. In this series, we’ll delve into the riches of prayer experientially by experimenting with a different form of contemplative prayer each week. Click here to learn more.

  • October 7: Stillness
  • October 14: Healing, using a form of Lectio Divina (divine reading) with the gospels
  • October 21: Rest and Sabbath

November: Four Poets

An Adult Formation class led by Stuart Hobbs. We will focus on four poets, learning about their lives and reading their poetry together. Click here to learn more.

  • October 28: The Buddhist in the Garden: Nature and Spirit in the Poetry of W. S. Merwin
  • November 4: Walking the Dog with Jane Kenyon: (Extra)Ordinary Insight in the Poetry of Jane Kenyon
  • November 11: The Pity of War: The Poetry of Wilfred Owen and the Music of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem
  • November 18: The Mountain, the Heron, and Julian: Panentheism in the Poetry of Denise Levertov

Stay tuned for the Advent Film Festival, beginning in December!

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