Bible Study meets weekly at Panera Bread in Huntington Village.
Contact: Debbie Cortes
Rector’s Bible Study
Mondays, 12 noon (except holiday Mondays)
The Rector’s Bible Study is an opportunity at the start of the week to study the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday. The study will focus on the place of the assigned texts in the larger canon of scripture, their resonances in Christian tradition and the history of their interpretation. It is a chance to bring your questions to the text and to see if answers are present either in scholarship or church tradition. The majority of our shared time will be spent in Harkness style discussion of the texts after an opening presentation on current relevant theological and historical scholarship. Participants are encouraged to bring a bible, or electronic access to the texts, their lunch, questions, as well as a hunger for deeper understanding. No previous knowledge of the passages is required.
Praying the Gospel
Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Please join our curate Jesse on Wednesday evenings for a prayerful approach to Gospel lessons from our lectionary. This will be an opportunity to let the scripture passages lead us in meditation, guiding us to new insights about our life in Christ. This is not a typical bible study as time will be given primarily to reading, reflection and response; with little or no conversation. It is modeled after the ancient monastic practice of lectio divina. Come and pray!
Contact: The Rev. Jesse W. Lebus
Saturdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
The Men’s Group offers men a group setting for lively fellowship and study of matters of faith and spiritual growth. The Men’s Group meets in the Lee Room. Coffee is always provided, and new members are always welcome. In the past, the Group has covered a wide range of topics including science and religion, world religions, the Reformation, the books of the New Testament, and many more. Often the discussion veers into current events, which gives relevance, meaning and context to our studies. There is a strong feeling of camaraderie among group members, and the goal is not intense study for its own sake, but rather the enjoyment of hearing the viewpoints and experiences of other men, and the give and take that is generated among friends. In addition, the Men’s Group provides major support for the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and the Men and Kids’ Bake Sale.
Contact: Frank Gundersen
Education for Ministry (EfM)
The Education for Ministry (EfM) program is preparation for the ministry to which we all are called. It is that vocation for which we pray at the end of the Eucharist: “And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.” Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom.
EfM is a unique four-year certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Coordinated by the Seminary at Sewanee, Tennessee, each “year” is a nine-month cycle of study.
Year One: The Hebrew Bible
Year Two: The New Testament
Year Three: Church History
Year Four: Theology, Ethics, and Interfaith Encounter
The EFM group works under the leadership of trained mentors who serve as guides and administrators. They are not teachers in the traditional sense who are expected to impart information about the Christian tradition. A mentor works as an enabler rather than as an informer of people.