At Saint Mark's, we seek to provide a variety of opportunities for seekers to deepen in relationship with God and to encounter God's liberating love through community and attention to Holy Scripture, tradition, and reason. At Saint Mark's, we refer broadly to these offerings as "Faith Formation."
Taking Up Our Responsibility for Racial Justice (Online)
OPENING PLENARY: WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 7–8:30 P.M.
SERIES: FOUR WEDNESDAYS, JULY 15 & 29, and AUGUST 12 & 26, 7 P.M
At this critical moment in our nation’s and community’s history, we are confronted again with fresh knowledge of longstanding racial injustice – in policing, the justice system, health care, housing, education, the Church, and many other sectors of our common life. Our faith community is grappling with important questions – what do I need to learn? How should I and our church respond?
We will undertake a four-week study and discussion series to confront racism—its theology, history, and presence in our lives today—and ways to move forward toward justice. The series is open to all, recognizing the responsibility for change falls on white people. There will be a plenary session with Dean Thomason to learn more about the series on July 1, 7-8:30 p.m.; this is open to all to see if the series that follows is of interest.
To register for the Opening Plenary, click here.
The in-depth series follows on four Wednesday nights (July 15 and 29, August 12 and 26) and will require advance registration and a commitment to attend all sessions and read/watch articles and videos in advance. More details to come soon, but you can get started by reading Ijeoma Oluo’s book, So You Want to Talk About Race. For questions or more information contact email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
To commit to attending the full series, click here.
Exploring Sunday’s Scripture (Online)
FOUR MONDAYS IN JUNE: JUNE 8, 15, 22, and 29, 7–8 P.M., via Zoom.
Join Cathedral Clergy and gather on Zoom for an hour on Monday evenings, June 8, 15, 22, and 29, to check in with each other and look ahead at some of the readings for the upcoming Sunday. A little Bible Study and a little reflection together as we find new ways to connect to our lives to the shared sacred narrative of Scripture. What is God calling you to notice in this different season? Come (online) whatever weeks you can! Email Canon Cristi Chapman for the Zoom link, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exploring Scripture: The Book of Revelation
FOUR THURSDAY IN JUNE: JUNE 4, 11, 18, and 25, 7–8:30 P.M., via Zoom.
The 20s and 30s Group is relaunching its planned scripture study of Revelation and other apocalyptic literature. We will learn about their history, context, and interpretation and examine what these scriptures mean for us as Episcopalians. Beginning on June 4, we will meet from 7–8:30 p.m. on the four Thursday evenings in June. If you are interested in joining this exploration, please contact Canon Daugherty (email@example.com) and Melissa Sanborn (firstname.lastname@example.org). Space is limited.
Education for Ministry
Registration for the 2020/21 academic year is now open.
Classes begin the week of September 10, 2020.
Do you want to go deeper into your faith in an intense, ongoing way? Do you want to form lasting connections with others who also seek that connection? Consider registering for Education for Ministry (EfM) [external link]. EfM is a four-year program for lay people to study scripture, church history, and modern theology. Classes connect the material with church tradition, personal experiences, individual beliefs, and current events. EfM is a program of The School of Theology at Sewanee, and is The Episcopal Church’s most in-depth adult Christian education course.
Admission requires a solid commitment to attend the weekly seminars and spend between two and four hours in study and preparation weekly during the academic year (September–June). It is a four-year program, but students commit to one year at a time. Each class is limited to 12 people. EfM is also available online for students who are not able to attend the weekly seminars.
Three different classes meet weekly September to June at Saint Mark’s:
- Sundays, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
- Mondays, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
- Mondays, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Tuition, including books, is $375. Please inquire by contacting The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman or class mentors: Sunday evening: Penelope Jackson; Monday morning: Maria Coldwell; Monday evening: Tom Hayton.
In January of 2020 Saint Mark's launched The Radix Project: Small Groups/Deep Roots. More than 150 people in 18 small groups met weekly for six weeks to share their stories, reflect on scripture, and pray for one another with intention. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, so plans were made to repeat the offering in the Easter season. When the pandemic lock-down came into effect, these groups easily made the transition to virtual meet-ups over the Zoom teleconferencing platform. Many community members have found these small groups profoundly valuable and life-giving, and the groups are welcome to continue meeting on an information basis if they wish. A third series of The Radix Project will be offered October–Novemeber, 2020. Learn more here.
Living the Questions is a class offered once or twice every year, especially designed for newcomers and seekers and offers opportunities for you to make lasting connections within the community, share some of your own journey, and learn more about the faith and tradition of the Episcopal Church and the community life here at Saint Mark’s. Are you interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church? Maybe you are new to Christianity and curious about what makes this spiritual way of being in the world unique. If so, this series may be for you. After completing the series, many people often decide to receive the sacrament of baptism or be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church on Cathedral Day. Most recently, this class was offered May 10–June 7, 2020, as an online class. It will be offered again in late 2020 or early 2021. Questions? Contact The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman, email@example.com.
The mission of the Wisdom School is to offer “a balanced path for spiritual transformation grounded in prayer and practice, drawing on the Christian contemplative tradition while respecting the diversity of experiences born from contemplative practices of other traditions.” The space for reasoned discourse, lifelong learning, and spiritual renewal is held sacred for all seekers, whether they worship at the cathedral or not. Wisdom School offerings sometimes occur during Wednesday night Cathedral Commons, along with regular contemplative offerings such as Centering Prayer and Cathedral Yoga, and special faith formation events. Read more here.
Some Wisdom School event have been postponed at this time. Visit the Wisdom School page to learn more.
GROUPS AND CLASSES CURRENTLY SUSPENDED
Weekly Tuesday Bible Study
Tuesdays, lunch: 11:30 a.m.; Study: 12 p.m.–1:12 p.m., Bloedel Hall
Tuesday Bible Study provides a weekly conversation around the scripture readings for the following Sunday. The group meets from 12–1:15 pm in Bloedel Hall or in Leffler House Living Room through most of the year. Bring a brown-bag lunch and enjoy spirit-led fellowship and conversation Each week a discussion is facilitated and lively discussions ensue as people share their thoughts about the lessons. For more information, contact The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman.
At this time Tuesday Bible Study has been suspended through the end of March. We hope to reschedule cancelled events until a later date.
Gathering Together to Grow Together
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 12:45 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Leffler Living Room
Are you longing for a deeper connection at Saint Mark’s? Have you wondered about spiritual disciplines and how to put those into practice in your daily life? Join us on Sunday, February 23, at 12:45 p.m. in Leffler Living Room, as the Spirited Women group gathers to talk about Lenten disciplines. We will explore the practice of praying with Anglican prayer beads, and then we will make sets to use this coming Lent. Wonder together how prayer practices connect us to each other and deepen our experiences of the seasons. A light lunch will be served. New in the fall of 2019, Spirited Women gathers occasionally throughout the year to talk about practices that help develop and nurture a healthy spirituality.
Second Sunday Cathedral Book Group
Second Sunday of odd-numbered months, 12:30 p.m.–1 p.m., Cathedral House Room 209
A lively book discussion group, sometimes led by special guests. Books are selected by members of the the group themselves. Recent selections have included The Overstory by Richard Powers, The Second Mountain by David Brooks, The Sword of the Lord by Saint Mark's member Andrew Himes, and Why Religion? by Elaine Pagels. All are welcome. Questions, contact: Pearl McElheran
The March meeting of the Cathedral Book Group has been cancelled through the end of March. The next meeting will be May 10, 2020.