Fall 2019 Adult Formation Opportunities

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Fall 2019 Adult Formation Opportunities

This fall we are excited to present opportunities for Adult Formation every weeknight at St. Bart's -- along with a new Sunday Evening Book Group, and a complete schedule of Sunday Forums and Explore Classes through December. 
For all weeknight classes please enter at 109 East 50th Street.  Please register for classes with the form below
If you have any questions, please contact the Reverend Peter Thompson, Associate Rector for Formation and Liturgy.

Centering Prayer
Mondays, 6:30-7:30 PM

Seeking some calm and peace amidst the rush of your daily life? Learn how to connect more deeply with the divine by joining our weekly centering prayer group on Monday evenings.   

Dream Group
Tuesdays, September 17-October 29, 6:30-8:15 PM

Everyone dreams, yet many of us remain puzzled by the dreams we have. For millennia, human beings, including Jews and Christians, have looked to their dreams as messages from God. St. Bart’s member Annette Thies (M.A., General Theological Seminary) has been trained to help others find the meaning in their dreams and is eager to nurture a new generation of dreamers through a dream group this fall. The first session will serve as a general introduction to dreamwork, and then those interested in continuing will be invited to commit to the following six sessions. 

Weekly Bible Study
Wednesdays, 12:45 PM-2:00 PM 

Thoughtful reflection and lively discussion of the upcoming Sunday readings.  

The Church in the Wilderness
Wednesdays, October 2-November 6, 7:00-8:30 PM

The statistical evidence is unequivocal: church attendance and membership have been declining for decades. Is God dead, as Nietzsche once proclaimed? Is the Church approaching oblivion? Or is the Church simply traveling through a wilderness, being transformed into something different? Is a more promising future possible on the other side? Together we’ll contemplate the present and future of the Church, using articles, book excerpts, empirical studies, and Professor Larry Welborn’s Sunday forums as our guides.  

The Creed
Thursdays, September 26-November 14, 6:30-8:00 PM

Almost seventeen hundred years ago, a group of men gathered in the city of Nicea to take the first steps towards composing the Creed that many now consider the foundational statement of Christian belief. But why did make the decisions they did? And how should their decisions be interpreted today? This eight-week series will delve deep into the Nicene Creed and the history behind it, examine other creeds that have been composed over the years, and consider whether creeds still have a place in twenty-first century Christianity. 
Suggested reading: The Creed: What Christians Believe and Why it Matters by Luke Timothy Johnson  

Book Group: Everything Happens for a Reason (and other lies I’ve loved)
Sundays in November (3, 10, 17, 24), 6:00-7:00 PM

Kate Bowler was 35, a new mom, and a successful writer and professor when she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Her book Everything Happens for a Reason (and other lies I’ve loved) chronicles her struggle to reckon with her diagnosis while living in a culture that sees sickness as a sign of failure and avoids death at all costs. After the 5:00 pm Eucharist on Sundays in November, we’ll discuss Bowler’s book together and reflect on our society’s inability to acknowledge how ultimately fragile we all are. 

EXPLORE
Every person who comes to St. Bart’s is genuinely and warmly welcomed. But that’s just the beginning. If you are considering taking a closer look at joining St. Bart’s and/or learning more about the Episcopal and Anglican traditions, join us for EXPLORE—a popular, interactive class with the clergy of St. Bart's. Contact Manny Rodríguez-Leach for more information.  Our next EXPLORE series will be Sundays, September 29 - October 20, 2019 from 12:45-2:00 pm.  Over four Sundays this fall, Kris Lewis-Theerman and Peter Thompson offer a brief introduction to Christianity, Anglicanism and St. Bart's for newcomers and old-timers alike.

Please register below:

 

The Forum, Sundays at 10 am
Fall 2019

Sunday, September 8: Transforming Lives, Transforming the Church, Transforming the World: The State of St. Bart’s 2019
On Celebration Sunday, as our program year begins, Bishop Dean Wolfe offers an overview of where St. Bart’s is and where it will be going in the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020. What exciting things will be happening in the coming months? How will St. Bart’s continue to transform lives, transform the Church, and transform the world?

Sunday, September 15: The Right Reverend Mary Glasspool, Bishop Assistant of New York
An open-ended conversation with one of our three bishops.

Sunday, September 22, 2019: St. Bart’s Fair
From liturgy and music to welcome and stewardship to Crossroads Community Services and the St. Bart’s Players, come and learn about the many facets of life at St. Bart’s and how you can get involved! Food, fun and entertainment provided. The fair takes place during the usual 10:00 am Forum time as well as after the 11:00 am Eucharist. 

Sunday, September 29: The Lessons of the Wilderness (Part 1—The Wilderness Generation: Disenthralling Ourselves from Idolatry)
At the present moment, many Christians feel that they are "in the wilderness": church membership is declining and talk about Christianity is vanishing from the public square. In the Biblical tradition, the people of God have often found themselves in the wilderness. The wilderness has lessons to teach: Israel learned to shun idolatry and flee immorality; Jesus learned radical obedience to God; the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews learned perseverance in faith; John of the Apocalypse learned that God saves. Come and learn the lessons of the wilderness with Larry Welborn, Professor of Theology at Fordham University. Today, Professor Welborn focuses on Paul’s invective against idolatry in 1 Corinthians 10:1-13.

 Sunday, October 6: The Lessons of the Wilderness (Part 2—Jesus in the Wilderness: Responding to God’s Call)
At the present moment, many Christians feel that they are "in the wilderness": church membership is declining and talk about Christianity is vanishing from the public square. In the Biblical tradition, the people of God have often found themselves in the wilderness. The wilderness has lessons to teach: Israel learned to shun idolatry and flee immorality; Jesus learned radical obedience to God; the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews learned perseverance in faith; John of the Apocalypse learned that God saves. Come and learn the lessons of the wilderness with Larry Welborn, Professor of Theology at Fordham University. Today, Professor Welborn focuses on the temptations Jesus faced in the wilderness—temptations we often face, too.

Sunday, October 13: Ten Reasons Why I am Proud to Be An Episcopalian: A Long-time Priest Reflects
The Reverend Dr. Dan Matthews, the retired Rector of Trinity Wall Street, has served the Episcopal Church with distinction for decades. What is so great about our denomination? Hear the perspective of someone who knows it very well.

Sunday, October 20: The Lessons of the Wilderness (Part 3—Jesus in the Wilderness: Clarifying our Purpose)
At the present moment, many Christians feel that they are "in the wilderness": church membership is declining and talk about Christianity is vanishing from the public square. In the Biblical tradition, the people of God have often found themselves in the wilderness. The wilderness has lessons to teach: Israel learned to shun idolatry and flee immorality; Jesus learned radical obedience to God; the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews learned perseverance in faith; John of the Apocalypse learned that God saves. Come and learn the lessons of the wilderness with Larry Welborn, Professor of Theology at Fordham University. Today, Professor Welborn focuses on Jesus’ practice of taking time away from the crowds to pray.

Sunday, October 27: The Lessons of the Wilderness (Part 4—Sojourning in the Wilderness: Perseverance with Confidence)
At the present moment, many Christians feel that they are "in the wilderness": church membership is declining and talk about Christianity is vanishing from the public square. In the Biblical tradition, the people of God have often found themselves in the wilderness. The wilderness has lessons to teach:  Israel learned to shun idolatry and flee immorality; Jesus learned radical obedience to God; the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews learned perseverance in faith; John of the Apocalypse learned that God saves. Come and learn the lessons of the wilderness with Larry Welborn, Professor of Theology at Fordham University. Today, Professor Welborn focuses on the letter to the Hebrews and the way in which it interprets the wilderness experiences of our Jewish forebears.

Sunday, November 3:  The Lessons of the Wilderness (Part 5—The Struggle Continues: Revelation 12)
At the present moment, many Christians feel that they are "in the wilderness": church membership is declining and talk about Christianity is vanishing from the public square. In the Biblical tradition, the people of God have often found themselves in the wilderness. The wilderness has lessons to teach: Israel learned to shun idolatry and flee immorality; Jesus learned radical obedience to God; the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews learned perseverance in faith; John of the Apocalypse learned that God saves. Come and learn the lessons of the wilderness with Larry Welborn, Professor of Theology at Fordham University. Today, Professor Welborn focuses on Revelation’s depiction of war in heaven.

Sunday, November 10:  The Crisis of Human Trafficking, Part 1 of 2: The Impact of Proposed Decriminalization of the Sex Trade
A New York state bill to decriminalize all facets of the sex trade here is being proposed as a way to regulate prostitution, but opponents say it will increase demand, meaning more young people will be lured into the violent world of sexual trafficking. The Rev. Dr. Que English, Founder and CEO, Not on My Watch, will be joined by a survivor of sex trafficking to discuss why the bill needs to be defeated and present an overview of the $99 billion worldwide sexual exploitation industry, which has a large presence in our state.

Sunday, November 17:  What Does the Lord Require? Bishop Gene Robinson on Faith and Justice
In 2003, the Right Reverend Gene Robinson made headlines when he was elected the Bishop of New Hampshire, making him the first openly gay person to be elected a bishop in the Episcopal Church. As the Bishop of New Hampshire until 2013 and in the years since, Bishop Robinson has been a tireless advocate for justice, particularly for LGBTQ+ people. What has he learned? And what does his faith look like now? Bishop Robinson speaks from the heart.

Sunday, November 24: The Crisis of Human Trafficking, Part 2 of 2: Why All Our Children are Vulnerable and How to Protect Them
Each year thousands of children, average age of 11-15, are trafficked right here from our own communities in and around NYC. A growing number of youth under the age of 18 are at high risk for exploitation. Lima James, Education and Development Manager of Lifeway Network, an organization that works to end human trafficking, discusses signs that indicate children are at risk for trafficking and reflects on what we can do to protect the children in our lives.

Sunday, December 1:  Advent Fair
Celebrate the start of Advent with the rest of the St. Bart’s community. Wreath-making, holiday treats and more!

Sunday, December 8: Sounds of the Season: Upcoming Advent and Christmas Music at St. Bart’s
Some of the best and most well-known music of the Church has been written for the seasons of Advent and Christmas, and each year members of St. Bart’s look forward to enjoying several special musical events during December. Interim Organist and Choirmaster Paolo Bordignon offers a preview of Advent Lessons and Carols, the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation’s A Joyous Christmas Concert, Christmas Lessons and Carols (new this year), and services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Sunday, December 15:  Rejoice, Rejoice: Dent Davidson on the Great O Antiphons
The much loved Advent hymn O Come, O Come Emmanuel is based off of a set of antiphons historically used with the Magnificat (Song of Mary) at evening services in the week leading up to Christmas. The antiphons, often known as the Great O Antiphons, address different attributes of the Christ who is coming. Interim Director of Emerging Music and Liturgy Dent Davidson introduces these antiphons and explains how they can facilitate our devotion during this holy time of preparation. 

Sunday, December 22:  Once in Royal David’s City: The History of Christmas Lessons and Carols
Just before St. Bart’s first ever service of Christmas lessons and carols, Associate Rector for Formation and Liturgy Peter Thompson takes a look at how the tradition originated in late nineteenth century England, was developed by Eric Milner-White in twentieth century Cambridge, and continues to evolve as it spreads to a growing variety of contexts. What makes the service so special and what will it add to the St. Bart’s experience of Christmas?