WINTER SERIES GROUPS MEET BEGINNING JANUARY 31

In January 2020 Saint Mark's Cathedral 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 Holy Scripture and sacred art, and pray for one another with intention. This offering lent itself perfectly to the transition to an online-only offering when the pandemic happened, and two further series were offered with groups meeting virtually in the Spring and the Fall of 2020. The next iteration begins in late January 2021.

 


Radix 4: Stories of Salvation

"Let us hear the record of God’s saving deeds in history, how he saved his people in ages past; and let us pray that our God will bring each of us to the fullness of redemption."
—from the Easter Vigil liturgy

This winter, Radix small groups will meet on zoom to unpack the scriptural stories of salvation heard each year at the Easter Vigil. This season's schedule is detailed below:

  • Sunday, January 24: Opening Plenary—Stories of Salvation with Dean Steve
  • Week of January 31: Groups begin meeting
  • Week of February 14: Groups break to participate in Lenten preparations
  • Week of March 14: Final meetings of small groups
  • Sunday March 21: Closing plenary: Reflecting on Stories of Salvation
  • Holy Week (week of March 28): Opportunity for small groups participate in Holy Week together

Sign up here. Questions?  Contact Kelly at kmoody@saintmarks.org.

OPENING PLENARY

What Is God Up To in All “This”?

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020, 7 P.M. (note evening time!), via Zoom

The Easter Vigil is the apical liturgy of the entire year, weaving a rich tapestry of scriptural stories, the ritualized confluence of grace found in Baptism and Eucharist celebrated on this most holy night, and a textured choreography of music and movement meant to inspire us for the journey. Radix 4 groups are forming now, with a focus drawing on select scriptures from the Easter Vigil that tell the story of God’s engagement with humanity and all creation. We need these stories now as ever—what is God up to in all “this?” What does scripture have to say about our experiences and the meaning we make as we turn into a new year. All are welcome, whether or not you intend to participate in the small groups.


UPDATE: The slides from Dean Thomason's presentation may be seen and downloaded here [pdf]. Video can be seen here:


The readings proclaimed each year at The Great Vigil of Easter contain beloved stories and beautiful language, but also difficult scriptures with troubling implications. Here are the topics for the small group meetings:

  • WEEK 1: CREATION (week of January 31, 2021)
  • WEEK 2: THE FLOOD (week of February 7, 2021)
  • WEEK 3: ABRAHAM AND ISAAC (week of February 14, 2021)
  • WEEK 4: THE EXODUS  (week of February 21, 2021)
  • WEEK 5: SALVATION IS FOR EVERYONE (week of February 28, 2021)
  • WEEK 6: THE VALLY OF DRY BONES  (week of March 4, 2021)
We chose the name “Radix” for this small group ministry because it means “root,” and we are reclaiming our Christian roots by this practice. Jesus lived and taught in small groups, as did the early Church. To be “radical” doesn’t mean to be rebellious—rather it describes the freedom to stretch into the borderlands precisely because one is rooted in the deep soil of a defining narrative, which, for us, is the brilliant and liberating gospel of Christ. Through this defining narrative we are known and nourished in the church community, and connected through past, present and future to all who are so rooted. Radix groups reveal this connection in tangible and life-giving ways.

PREVIOUS RADIX SERIES

FALL 2020 OPENING PLENARY

The Role of Surprise in the Spiritual Journey

To launch the third series of Radix Project meetings, Dean Thomason offered some theological reflections on the element of surprise in scripture and in our lives.

Click here to download the participant packet for the Fall 2020 Radix series, containing scripture selections, discussion questions, and accompanying visual art.

A video of the Dean's presentation at the opening plenary is available below:


SPRING 2020 OPENING ONLINE PLENARY

Post-Resurrection Narratives

To launch the second series of Radix Project meetings, Dean Thomason explored the context of various post-resurrection narratives in the Gospels and explored the value of small groups, then and now.

Click here to download the participant packet for the Spring 2020 Radix series, containing scripture selections, discussion questions, and accompanying visual art.

A video of the Dean's presentation at the opening plenary is available below: