Adult Education


Adult Education

Our mission is to comfort, challenge and inspire a growing community of people in search of meaning and hope in their lives, and one of the avenues we provide to foster this exploration is through our numerous programs, classes, retreats and formation opportunities.

We strive to provide impactful offerings that will not only foster spiritual enrichment and growth, but also provide a basic theological foundation off of which to expand. The below offerings are your open invitation to join us, wherever you might be on your path, and whatever your religious background may be. We welcome all people, all questions, all doubts and all insights. Join us. 

For those of you who are looking for a great place to educate your children, we encourage you to check out our Children Youth and Family Ministries as well as The St. Bartholomew Community Preschool.

The Forum 
Each Sunday at 10:05 am, we gather for a forum that helps us further connect faith with life. Programs range from clergy teaching and expository Bible study to explorations of theology, social concerns and philosophical questions. Please click here for recordings of past Forums. Sundays, 10:05 am in the Cafe.

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.  Fall EXPLORE classes: Sunday, October 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 12:30 to 2 pm in the Vestry Room:

  • Initial class: October 1, 2017
    Join Lynn Sanders for an interactive introduction to St. Bart’s, the Episcopal Church, our Anglican identity, and your questions about faith and life.

  • October 8, 2017
    Class leader TBA
    What is “liturgy” and why is it so important to Episcopalians? What does it mean to be a member of St. Bart’s? Join our clergy for the second installment of this introductory course for adults.

  • October 15, 2017
    Class Leader: Matthew Moretz
    What’s our “take” on the Bible? What are the Episcopal Church’s “hot-button” issues? How do Episcopalians handle differences? Join Matthew Moretz for the third installment of this introductory course for adults.

  • October 22, 2017
    Class Leader: Lynn  Sanders
    What’s in our DNA as St. Bartians? How can I get more involved? The answers may surprise you! Join Lynn Sanders for the final installment of this introductory course for adults.

Contact Matthew Moretz to register or for more information on EXPLORE.

Monday Evening Class Series 

Our seasonal adult education class series focus on a variety of timely subjects.  Coming this fall:

The End of White Christian America? A Class Series
Mondays, October 16 – November 6, 7–8:30 pm

 Join Patrick Hornbeck, parishioner and chair of theology at Fordham University, for a four-week dialogue about some of the key factors shaping U.S. politics and culture today. The class will take as a spur for conversation Robert P. Jones’ recent book The End of White Christian America (Simon and Schuster, 2016), which is available in the St. Bart’s bookstore.  Click here to register

Bible Study 
Studying the Bible with others is a meaningful way to deepen your faith and understanding of scripture and Christian theology. We offer two Bible Study groups each week

  • The Bible, The New York Times and You, led by the Rev. Lynn Sanders, offers thoughtful reflection on the upcoming Sunday Gospel and the day's op-ed pages. Click here for Sunday’s reading. Wednesdays 12:45 - 2 pm
  • The Bible for the Church of Tomorrow, [ON HIATUS FOR JULY AND AUGUST] led by the Rev. Matthew Moretz, includes an informal service of Morning prayer, and examines practical implications of the Gospel for our lives. Wednesdays 7:45 am - 8:45 am. contact Matthew Moretz. And Click here for Sunday’s reading

Education For Ministry (EFM)
Are you looking to live into your faith more fully, to have faith connect more deeply with everyday life? Do you ever wonder what God is calling you to do?  What can the Bible teach us about the world today? Do you ever wonder what God is calling you to do? If you want to seek answers through study, reflection and community, EfM -- a four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice -- may be for you. To learn more, listen to an EfM Rector’s Forum or contact EfM Mentor Liza Page Nelson.