CLASSES FOR ADULTS
ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION
We understand that everyone learns and engages in different ways. At Trinity we try to have a variety of classes to interest everyone. Classes are typically small group formats with lively, open discussions. We offer Introductory classes Book Study classes, and a DVD and discussion class. Class length varies so check back often to see what new opportunities are coming up.
ALL 2020 CLASSES WILL BE DONE VIA ZOOM. PLEASE REGISTER BELOW TO RECEIVE THE ZOOM LINK.
2021 ADULT CHRISTIAN FORMATION
All classes will be held on Zoom.com. Please register using the links provided to receive information about connecting. If you need technology assistance, please contact Hannah Middlebrook who will connect you with a technology volunteer.
Tuesday, 6:30 PM, Prayer and Meditation with Father Chris (Ongoing/No End Date): The Carmelite spiritual master Saint Francis de Sales is famously quoted as saying, “Half an hour's meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.” While modern medicine has documented many health benefits to meditation practice, in its many forms across the globe meditation has been a time honored spiritual practice for centuries. We’ll meet one evening a week to share in forms of group meditation and contemplative prayer. Mindfulness/awareness meditation, contemplative prayer and centering prayer are some of the techniques that the group will explore. Other techniques are welcome. No one method or approach will be required and participants are free to engage in whatever form they deem most helpful. The group will meet on an ongoing basis without an end date. REGISTER HERE.
Wednesday, 7:30pm, Life at Trinity with Mo. Cheryl, Starts 5/5 (Ongoing/No end date): This class is for anyone new to the Episcopal Church or would like to learn more about our community, worship and traditions. Join Mother Cheryl and others who are seeking to get to know us better. The class is ongoing and newcomers can begin on the 1st Wednesday of any month. After their initial class, participants will join others in the ongoing class, covering topics like the sacraments, the bible, how we worship, etc. The topical classes will repeat, so that if folks miss one, they can attend when it comes around again. We look forward to getting to know you better as you discover more about us and how life at Trinity reflects the hospitality, traditions and love of neighbor at the heart of the Episcopal Church. REGISTER HERE.
Monday, 7:00 PM, Book Study/Discussion, "Crazy Christians" by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry with Deacon Deborah (4/26/20 - 5/31/21): Join Deacon Deborah as the class reads and discusses "Crazy Christians," which Bishop Curry describes as follows: We need some Christians who are as crazy as the Lord. Crazy enough to love like Jesus, to give like Jesus, to forgive like Jesus, to do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with God―like Jesus. Crazy enough to dare to change the world from the nightmare it often is into something close to the dream that God dreams for it. And for those who would follow him, those who would be his disciples, those who would live as and be the people of the Way? It might come as a shock, but they are called to craziness. REGISTER HERE.
Monday, 7:30 PM, Series Discussion, “Amend: The Fight for America” with Becky Moseman and Deacon Deborah (6/7/21 - 7/12/21): Join Deacon Deborah and Becky Moseman as they facilitate a six-week discussion of the Netflix series “Amend.” In the show, Will Smith hosts a look at the evolving, often lethal, fight for equal rights in America through the lens of the US Constitution's 14th Amendment. A Netflix subscription is required to watch the show. REGISTER HERE.
Tuesday, 7:30 PM, Book Study/Discussion, "Falling Upward" by Richard Rohr with Fr. Chris (4/27/21 - 7/13/21): In this class, we’ll spend 12 weeks exploring the vibrant spiritual wisdom of the book “Falling Upward,” facilitated by Fr. Chris. In the book, Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life. Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as "falling upward." In fact, it is not a loss but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness. This important book offers a fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life. REGISTER HERE
Sunday, 7:30 PM, the Gospel of Luke with Fr. Lee (4/25/21 - 7/11/21): Luke is the most vigorous champion of the outsider. An outsider himself, the only Gentile in the all-Jewish cast of New Testament writers, he shows how Jesus includes those who typically were treated as outsiders by the religious establishment of the day: women, common laborers (sheepherders), the racially different (Samaritans), the poor. He will not countenance religion as a club. As Luke tells the story, all of us who have found ourselves on the outside looking in on life with no hope of gaining entrance (and who of us hasn't felt that?) now find the doors wide open, found, and welcomed by God in Jesus.