The School for Christian Practice

The School for Christian Practice is an intentional framework that nurtures the community’s mission to seek reconciliation and wholeness with God and one another in Christ. By centering ourselves in our practice of prayer, we can grow in our awareness of our union with God and one another, and we can foster a spirit of transformation in our personal lives and in our community.

The core claim of the School for Christian Practice is this: only through nurturing an awareness of our essential oneness, with one another and within God, can we nurture a transformation of our hearts that can share in the Spirit’s desire for reconciliation.

There are four main focus points for the School:

  • Practices of Prayer
  • Stages of Faith and Development
  • Scriptural Proficiency
  • Sacramental Ethics

A list of offerings is below, that connect with these four focus points:

Beginning in January, Fr. Stuart will host a community-wide study on Diana Butler Bass’s book Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (2013). Interested folks are invited to go ahead and purchase the book and begin studying and gathering notes.

We will offer the Zoom conversations on Monday and Tuesday evenings for four weeks (folks can choose which one works each week depending on their schedules). January 18 and 19, 25 and 26, February 1 and 2, and 8 and 9. All will meet from 6 to 6:45 for a conversation.

During Lent (Ash Wednesday begins February 17), Cheryl Kelley, our Director of Christian Formation, will host a series of conversations on stages of faith and development.

Beginning in April, the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park will host a class called

What Are You Not Telling Me? Learning to Read Between Scripture’s Lines

Overview: There is a long tradition in both Judaism and Christianity of using holy imagination to consider the back story that is missing from the biblical story. And yet, the “back story” — meant to assist us with the biblical story — often has its own challenges. The truth is that both are intended to invite the disciple into a practice of asking questions about justice, mercy, humility, and faithfulness. The outcome of this practice is often full of startling surprises, moments of spiritual intimacy, and ultimately more questions about the stories we tell ourselves about God’s presence in our own lives.

Objective: To have some fun exploring four Biblical texts, their accompanying history of Jewish and Christian scholarship of commentary, and to understand how personal stories of faith are composed.

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