The Adult Spiritual Formation Commission is pleased to announce the Spring 2018 6x3x1 sessions. We have a wonderful selection led by our parishioners and clergy. Sessions will be held on 4/29, 5/6 and 5/13 after the 10 am service.
Sign up is required for Art as Spiritual Expression and spaces are limited. Sign up for other offerings is encouraged to allow us to plan appropriate locations. Please join us as we delve deeper into diverse ways to grow our spiritual practice and build our community. If you have any questions, please email Judy Neely firstname.lastname@example.org or Nick Trivic email@example.com.
Art as Spiritual Expression
Creativity partially reflects the image of God within each of us. It is one part of our divine being. The other part of our divine being is love. Woven together, creativity and love make up the souls purpose in life. When we embrace creativity and love, we come closer to embodying the person God intends us to be. Prayer expressed creatively, is an expression of one’s inner heart. It is unique. Therefore, whatever is created is an offering to God and is lovely and meaningful.
This hands-on creative workshop will acquaint participants with art as creative expression. Participants will be challenged to dismiss their inner critic, release their creative spirit, and enter a space where they can be what God sees – imperfect, vulnerable, beautiful and redeemed. In scribbles of pastel, dabbles of paint, and scraps of paper, participants will explore paint, collage, and mixed media as they take their place as a beloved child of God and work together in the studio of Gods grace. NO PREVIOUS ART EXPERIENCE necessary.
Pam Jameson has been a parishioner at St. Thomas’ since 2004. Certified as a personal and professional development coach, expressive arts facilitator, and MBSR practitioner, Pam has lead numerous art and creative expression programs, workshops, and retreats. She works with groups and individuals from all walks of life including corporate leaders, caregivers, and people struggling with homelessness, stress, and loss, as well as those simply interested in connecting with their creative core.
Writing to Deepen One’s Spirituality
What does it mean to deepen one’s spirituality and how can writing promote such growth? We will spend our time together writing our way towards a deeper connection with God and with our own spiritual paths. No matter where you are on your journey from stagnant and doubting to faith filled and curious, the writing prompts I provide may encourage your soul’s river to flow. We will also review important rules of thumb and rituals that can help tap into your inner core. Absolutely no writing experience is necessary and we will not share our writing, but we will share ideas, experiences and revelations. Come prepared with an open heart, a pen and a journal or notebook to write in.
Robin Lentz Worgan is the author of Journaling Away Mommy’s Grief: A Book and Journal for Mothers after Stillbirth or Infant Death, 2010 and her essays have appeared in Brain, Child and ADDitude magazines, Literary Mama, The Philadelphia Inquirer and other local newspapers. She has taught grief journaling classes and has been a peer counselor to parents of loss.
JESUS AND THE LAW
Jesus is often accused by the religious leaders of doing things that are unlawful. What is “The Law”? What is Jesus doing and teaching that is so ‘wrong’ in their eyes? How does Jesus respond to their accusations? Looking at the first 5 books of the Bible, along with Gospel accounts of some of the early activities in Jesus’ ministry, we will explore the roots of this escalating conflict.
Sarah Elliott and Ginger Goodrich
are longtime members of St. Thomas’ Church, who lead on-going Gospel study groups using Approaching the Gospels Together, a way to read and discuss the Gospels in a parallel format with the help of thought-provoking questions. For more information about this approach, see our website www.approachingthegospelstogether.com.
Mindful? Or Mind full?
What is the difference between Mindfulness and Meditation? When does spiritual meditation practice become a non-spiritual science?
Join Richard Lyntton for a short ASF series to include definitions, group discussion, practical lessons, tips and techniques on energy exercises, visualization and mind-calming techniques that bridge the gap between spiritual and scientific mindfulness and/or meditation. We invite beginners and seasoned practitioners to join us for this insightful event where we will explore how to just “be” using the unappreciated art of silence.
Richard Lyntton, a St. Thomas parishioner, has practiced daily meditation since 2002. He has attended numerous silent retreats, Mindfulness conferences and seminars, and studied and practiced several techniques. He has also offered Mindfulness Meditation to students, faculty and parents at Germantown Academy over the last five years. Richard believes passionately that the world be a much better place if everyone had the ability to sit in a room, alone and in silence… We hope you will join us.
The Way of St. Benedict
This class will be facilitated by our Rector and will focus on the wisdom of St. Benedict, the Patron Saint of Europe. Our Rector traveled to Italy on his first sabbatical to study the life of Benedict and visit Benedictine monasteries. Benedict grew up in a small town north of Rome, studied in Rome and later lived as a hermit. He was renowned for holiness and established one of the world’s most famous monasteries at Monte Casino, where he wrote a small book known as The Rule of St. Benedict. It is said to be the most influential Christian book after the gospels. Benedictine spirituality has inspired Anglican spirituality and influences how Episcopalians view and practice their faith. Class members will be encouraged to read Esther de Waal’s short book Seeing God: The Way of St. Benedict, which is one of our Rector’s favorite books on spirituality. Books are on sale at the church. We will explore creating balance and moderation in our lives with time for silence, solitude, study, prayer and work and the value of humility, obedience and welcoming of strangers as timeless gifts for encountering God and experiencing joy in life.
Marek has served as Rector of St. Thomas’ Church for over 20 years. He has authored and edited several books, founded The Center for Biblical Studies and initiated The Bible Challenge, which has spread to over 2,500 churches internationally.
Join us for an introductory course on the life and ministry of the Episcopal Church. While this course is designed for persons preparing to be confirmed, received, or who wish to reaffirm their faith on May 20; it is open to anyone interested in renewing their lives as Episcopalians. The three sessions will cover a smattering of topics, ranging from: church history and governance, theology, scripture, worship, and service. While each session will build upon the next, the series is designed so that participants can come to one or all sessions. For more information, email, the Reverend Liz Costello at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reverend Liz Costello
The Reverend Elizabeth Costello (“Liz”) most recently served as Associate Rector at Christ Church in Ridgewood, NJ, and as curate at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver, CO (2013-2016). Having previously served as a Chaplain-in-Residence at Cathedral Ridge (Woodland Park, CO), Camp Director for the Diocese of Colorado, Director of Christian Formation at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church in Burlington, NC, Children & Youth Worker at St Peter & St Paul Parish (Great Missenden, England), Missioner for the Community of the Franciscan Way, and Team Leader at Two Saints Homeless Hostel Oxford, England.