THE INQUIRERS' CLASS
THE NEXT SERIES WILL BEGIN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 AND RUN THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2023.
CLASSES MEET SUNDAYS, 12:30–2 P.M., IN-PERSON IN LEFFLER HOUSE (AND OTHER LOCATIONS; SEE BELOW) AND ONLINE VIA ZOOM, registration required
No matter where you are on your journey, consider attending this series, facilitated by clergy, where we will explore together the basics of the Christian faith through the Episcopal lens. Whether you are new to Saint Mark’s, or just interested in sharing and learning, you are welcome.
After completing the series, many people often decide to receive the sacrament of baptism or be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. Attendees are strongly encouraged to attend all six sessions.
Please contact Emily Meeks (email@example.com) with questions. Register using this form.
- Baptism Form (online version)
- Confirmation/Reception/Reaffirmation Form (online version)
Questions about these forms may be directed to Canon Wendy Claire Barrie: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly Meeting Topics and Locations
Syllabus subject to change. Resources for each week will be posted here as they become available.
WEEK 1: Welcome | February 19, 2023 - Leffler Living Room
- Images of God (pdf)
- The Rev Dr. Wil Gafney on the God of Many Names
- Canon Barrie's blogpost on talking about God
- Searching for a Jesus Who Looks More Like Me by Eric V. Copage
- God in Feminine Form by Daneen Akers
WEEK 2: Stories in the Bible | February 26, 2023 - Carriage House
- Summary of resources (pdf)
WEEK 3: Spiritual Gifts | March 5, 2023 - Leffler Living Room
WEEK 4: Spiritual Practices | March 12, 2023 - Leffler Living Room
WEEK 5: Navigating Saint Mark’s | March 19, 2023 - Leffler Living Room
- Statement of Lament and Commitment to Action
- Saint Mark's History
- Diocese of Olympia and Bishop Transition
- History of The Episcopal Church
- Episcopal Assets Map
- Episcopal Dictionary of the Church
WEEK 6: Sacraments and Worship | March 26, 2023 - Cathedral Nave
Baptism: This sacramental rite is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the church. God establishes an indissoluble bond with each person in Baptism, adopting us and making us members of the church and inheritors of the Kingdom of God [BCP, p. 298, 858].
Confirmation: The sacramental rite by which candidates confirm their baptismal promises by expressing “a mature commitment to Christ and receive strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop” [BCP, p. 860].
Reception into the Episcopal Church: Baptized persons who have been members of another Christian denomination and wish to become affiliated with the Episcopal Church may make a public affirmation of their faith and commitment to the responsibilities of their baptism in the presence of a bishop.
Reaffirmation: Those who have entered a new level of spiritual life or who are returning to church after a period of absence may reaffirm their baptismal vows in the presence of a bishop.
- The Episcopal Church's Glossary of Terms
- Your Faith, Your Life by Jennifer Gamber (the principal text for the class)
- The Book of Common Prayer online
- Another online version of the BCP
- Baptism & Confirmation at Saint Mark’s
- List of resources on Bible studies
- A list of resources on church history and polity
- A Bible word study tool
The Episcopal Church can use particular words that connect to how we worship, engage in spiritual practices, and express what we believe. These may seem intimidating at first glance. Below are some resources to help (asking clergy and staff is always welcome too or signing up for the next Inquirers' Class.
Welcome to a Life of Faith in the Episcopal Church by Megan Castellan
Provides frequently encountered vocabulary and overviews of worship, history and The Book of Common Prayer. Available here for loan from the Diocesan Resource Center.
Walk in Love Episcopal Beliefs and Practices by Scott Gunn and Melody Wilson Shobe
Walks through the liturgical year and provides insights about the sacraments, daily prayer and Anglican teachings. Available here for loan from the Diocesan Resource Center.
The Ultimate Quest A Geek's Guide to The Episcopal Church by Jordan Haynie Ware
Engages youth, young adults, seekers and proclaimed "geeks" with a humorous translation of Episcopal practices. Available here for loan from the Diocesan Resource Center.
The Episcopal Church Glossary of Terms
This online glossary contains a definition for many words that you may encounter in participating in the life of our Saint Mark's community.