Adults

Adult education is formed by the desire to:

  • Expand our knowledge about the scriptures and Anglican tradition
  • Engage in theological reflection and discussion, drawing connection between what we read and what we live
  • Deepen our relationship with God and one another
  • Dialogue with other faith traditions
  • Understand our call to servant leadership

Fall 2018 Programs include:

Small group opportunities to learn and share

On Being Group - meets third Fridays, 12:15-1:00pm

On Being is a Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast.  On Being opens up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live? We explore these questions in their richness and complexity in 21st-century lives and endeavors. We pursue wisdom and moral imagination as much as knowledge; we esteem nuance and poetry as much as fact.
On Being takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you'll love to meet. Each week a new discovery about the immensity of our lives — updated every Thursday. Hosted by Krista Tippett. Discover more at onbeing.org.

On Being airs on more than 400 public radio stations across the U.S., and is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX). The podcast is free and reaches a global audience via SoundCloud.

We Make the Road by Walking Group

We Make the Road by Walking is a 2014 book by noted author Brian McLaren.

Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again.
Wanderer, there is no road– Only wakes upon the sea. Antonio Machado:

The title suggests that Christian faith is still “in the making. It continues to grow, evolve, learn, change, emerge, and mature … in and through us. What we will be as Christians in the 21st century, for better or worse, will surely change what Christian faith will be in the 22nd century and beyond.

The book offers 52+ chapters that give an overview of the biblical story and a fresh introduction or re-orientation to Christian faith. Each chapter is written to be read aloud in ten to twelve minutes, and is accompanied by a set of Scripture readings, reflection/discussion questions, and liturgical resources – so the book can be useful in a variety of ways for classes, small groups, new faith communities, and churches. And of course, it’s an inspiring and formative read for individuals too.

For more information on these two small group
offerings contact Malinda, dre@stmarksrva.org

Episcopal Questions, Episcopal Answers 

November 10

10am - 2pm (lunch included)

Come and talk about those Episcopal Questions and Episcopal answers you've been reading about and wanting to talk about.  Books are available in the church so grab a copy and join in the discussion.

Episcopal 101 & 102

TBA

10am—2pm (includes lunch)

Interested in learning more about the Episcopal church, considering confirmation or reception, publicly affirming your faith, or just wondering why we do the things we do?  Well then this short course is for you.  We will cover the Episcopal approach to scripture, Anglican history and tradition, and what differentiates us as a community in practice and in ministry.  And we’ll even show you around the building—do you know what is on the third floor?   Contact Father David to register, rector@stmarksrva.org.

 Women’s Spirituality Group

A small committed group of women who meet monthly with a facilitator. Members make the   commitment to attend all the meetings for the year, thereby maintaining support and continuity for one another.  This group meets first Tuesdays at 7pm - so if you come to the Neighborhood Dinner at 6pm you can be fed both nutritionally and spiritually all in one evening!

Penny Adams, who is a certified Spiritual Director, and who has experience in such a group, acts as facilitator, but the exact nature of the quest, and the areas to be explored, are designed by the members of the group. Please contact the office (804-358-4771), or Penny nbfginc@aol.com, if you would like to learn more. In September we will meet on the second Tuesday, September 12 after the dinner.