This five-evening class will offer an exceptional opportunity to understand better what it means to be an Episcopalian and an Anglican. The class will be led by the Most Rev. Barry Morgan, who recently retired as the Archbishop of Wales, and the Rev. Marek Zabriskie and Michael Smith, Minister of Music. Archbishop Morgan was one of most senior Primates in the 80-million-member Anglican Communion, which is the second most expansive worldwide expression of Christianity. The Rev. Marek Zabriskie and Michael Smith will co-teach on select nights.
This class will also serve to prepare any attendee who would like to be confirmed or received by Bishop Daniel Gutierrez as an Episcopalian when he visits St. Thomas’ on Sunday, May 20. Those who are interested in deepening their understanding of the Episcopal Church and Anglicanism will not want to miss this. Classes will meet from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. There will be light refreshments from 6:30-7:00 p.m. in the Thayer Lounge, followed by a power-hour of teaching in the Hutchinson Room. Come to one or all of the sessions. Please contact the Rev. Marek Zabriskie at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-233-3970 to learn more and to RSVP.
Invite your friends and family to join us. Classes will meet in the Hutchinson Room on Sunday, October 29 from 6:30pm – 8 p.m. (please RSVP by noon on October 25) and Monday through Thursday, October 30 to November 2 from 6:30pm – 8 p.m with light refreshments. Come to one or all sessions.
Sunday, October 29: How the Church of England, the Episcopal Church, and the Anglican
Communion were founded.
This class will consider the historical emergence of the Anglican Church in England, the Commonwealth, as well as the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.
Monday, October 30: What does it mean to be Anglican and an Episcopalian?
This class will explore Anglican identity and spirituality. Distinctions on how Anglicans and Episcopalians live their faith, as compared to Roman Catholics and other religious denominations will be explored.
Tuesday, October 31: Anglican/Episcopal worship through music and liturgy.
This class will explore common expressions of Anglican/Episcopal worship through Prayer Book worship and Anglican hymnody. The central role of Holy Scriptures in Anglican worship and piety will also be explored.
Wednesday, November 1: What are the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion structures and what is its spiritual life like?
This class will explore how the Anglican Communion, and the Episcopal Church organize themselves to participate in God’s mission on a local and global level. The spiritual life being one that engages in communal prayer and worship, scripture reading, and social action will be considered.
Thursday, November 2: So What? Why Are We Here?