Adult Education

Adult Education

Growing our spiritual lives is one of the primary benefits of being a part of a church community. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved most of our formation activities online for everyone’s safety. We don’t stop growing and learning during these unusual times; the way we do this just has changed until it is safe for us to meet together in person. Growth happens when we aren’t even paying attention sometimes. But paying attention, reflecting with others, allows our spiritual growth to take root in our lives and impact both our own and our community’s life. To receive the Zoom links to these programs, please send an email to the church office. Here is what is currently happening:

Fall 2020 Programs

Adult Forums at 10am Sundays via Zoom

We explore a variety of topics in our Sunday morning gathering through lectures, Bible study, discussion, and guest speakers. Drop-in anytime online.

Speaking Truth to Power: The Message of the Prophets, led by The Rev. Rob Banse, October – November 2020

On Sundays October 25 – November 22, we will gather at 10:00am – 10:50am on Zoom to discuss the powerful message of the prophets and how that relates to today’s news and happenings.

The Adult Forum concluded its conversation about Amos on October 11, led by Rev. Rob Banse, and will continue to explore the message of the prophets. The proposed topics are:

  • October 25 – the prophetic themes found in Hosea;
  • November 1 – the call of Micah to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God;
  • November 8, 15, and 22 – the Old Testament readings for the first three Sundays of Advent Year B are Isaiah 64:1-9a, Isaiah 40:1-11, and Isaiah 65:17-25 respectively. We will discuss Isaiah’s promise of a Messiah who will bring salvation to the people of Israel. We will use this to explore the prophetic ministry of Jesus of Nazareth.

All are welcome to join in. Participants are encouraged to read these passages prior to the discussion but this is not absolutely necessary. (Hosea and Micah are only 14 and 9 chapters long.)

To receive the Zoom link, please send an email to the church office. 

First Friday Book Group Fall 2020

The First Friday Book Group will meet the first Friday of the month at 7pm via Zoom to explore spiritual themes in selected books. All are welcome to join us. The selections for this year include:

October 2 – The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss (Anna Laymon presenter) – DON’T MISS THIS GATHERING:  Author Elaine Weiss will be our special guest from 7pm-7:30pm.

November 6 – The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography by Alan Jacobs (Sandy Hussey presenter)
December 4 – White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (Karen Wilson Roman presenter)

January 8, 2021Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel DeFoe (Barbara Laymon presenter) and note date change: this is the second Friday!

February 5, 2021: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

March 5 and April 2, 2021: joint meeting with the Lenten Film Group

May 7, 2021: Ordinary Grace by Willam Kent Krueger

Sacred Ground Small Group

Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. It is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. The group at Christ Church is likely to be held every other week on a weeknight and will require a commitment to readings, films and participation in the group. Please email Mary Miller Flowers or Jennifer Baker Howard if you are interested. For more information visit https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground

Men’s Spirituality Group, Saturday, 9am

Men’s Group meets on Saturday mornings from 9am-10am in the Christ Church courtyard (behind the church) as weather permits or meets virtually online via Zoom. There’s conversation and reflection on the coming Sunday’s readings. Just show up (weather permitting) or send an email to office@washingtonparish.org for the Zoom link (which is also published in the weekly email).