The Radix Project invites participants into small groups for scripture study and prayer, designed to gather people of faith in settings that foster trust so that our relationships with God and one another are strengthened.

In January of 2020, Saint Mark's Cathedral launched The Radix Project: Small Groups/Deep Roots. For that first offering, 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. The reaction among participants was overwhelmingly positive. This format lent itself perfectly to the transition to an online-only offering when the pandemic happened, and groups met via Zoom for subsequent series in 2020 and 2021. In 2022, in-person gatherings resumed, but online participation remained an option.  Each series begins with a plenary presentation introducing the theme, to which all are invited.
New groups are formed for each series, and you are encouraged to sign up whether or not you have participated in the past.

UPCOMING RADIX SERIES

FALL 2022

Radix 9

The ninth iteration of The Radix Project will be offered over six weeks, starting the week of January 8, 2023, and concluding on  February 19, 2022. Register for a small group using this form.

Groups will meet online via Zoom OR in person.


OPENING PLENARY: SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 7–8:30 P.M., online via Zoom only

The opening plenary presentation with Dean Thomason and the Radix Project Team will be offered on Sunday evening, January 8, online via Zoom only. All are welcome and encouraged to join the plenary presentation, regardless of small group participation. Join the plenary using this Zoom link.

Why "Radix"?

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 2022

Radix 8: Creation, Community, and Connection

This fall, the theme for Radix 8, Creation, Community, and Connection, will draw from scriptures that invite us to consider how creation itself may inform our relationship to God and each other.

The eighth iteration of The Radix Project will be offered over six weeks, starting the week of September 18, through the week October 23, 2022. (Sunday groups conclude on October 30.)

Groups will meet online via Zoom OR in person.

SESSION TOPICS

Session 1: Genesis 9:8–17 (week of September 18)

Session 2: Leviticus 25:1–7 (week of September 25)

Session 3: Isaiah 55:6–11 (week of October 2)

Session 4: Psalm 29 (week of October 9)

Session 5: Matthew 6:25–34 (week of October 16)

Session 6: Revelation 21:1–6, 22:1–5 (week of October 23)

Deadline to register for a small group: Tuesday, September 13.

Click here to download the participant packet (pdf), containing guidelines, scripture selections, discussion questions, and accompanying visual art.


OPENING PLENARY: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 7–8:30 P.M., online via Zoom only

(Note: This presentation will NOT be offered in person in Bloedel, as previously announced.)

The opening plenary presentation with Dean Thomason and the Radix Project Team was offered on Sunday evening, September 18, online via Zoom only. All were welcome and encouraged to join the plenary presentation, regardless of small group participation.

A complete video of the plenary presentation is now available:

The first few minutes of the presentation were not recorded. We apologize for the inconvenience.

EPIPHANYTIDE 2022

Radix 7: Doing Justice, Loving Mercy

The seventh iteration of The Radix Project, Doing Justice, Loving Mercy, draws inspiration from selected scripture stories and accompanying artwork to invite reflection on current events and how we live and move and have our being in this time. It was offered January–March 2022, online via Zoom only.

 

SESSION TOPICS

Session 1: Micah 6:1–8 (week of January 23)

Session 2: Jacob and Esau (week of January 30)

Session 3: Wisdom of Solomon 7:24–8:1 (week of February 6)

Session 4: Parable of the Prodigal Son (week of February 13)

Session 5: Psalm 51 (week of February 27)

Session 6: The Beatitudes (week of March 6)

The opening plenary presentation with Dean Thomason was offered on SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, 2022, 6:30-8 P.M., via Zoom.

Click here to download the participant packet, containing scripture selections, discussion questions, and accompanying visual art.

Watch video of the opening presentation below:

The first few minutes of the presentation were not recorded. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Download the slides from the opening plenary presentation here.


FALL 2021

Radix 6: Encounters with God in Times of Transition

The theme for Radix 6, Encounters with God in Times of Transition, draws inspiration from selected scripture stories and accompanying artwork to invite reflection on current events and how we live and move and have our being in this time.

 

SESSION TOPICS

Session 1: The Baptism and Temptation of Christ (week of September 19)

Session 2: Jacob Wrestles with God (week of September 26)

Session 3: The Healing of the Hemorrhaging Woman (week of October 3)

Session 4: Elijah Taken up to Heaven (week of October 10)

Session 5: The Conversion of Saul (week of October 17)

Session 6: The Women Encounter the Resurrection of Jesus  (week of October 24)

OPENING PLENARY: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021, 7–8:30 P.M.

The slides from the plenary presentation can be downloaded here.

Click here to download the participant packet, containing scripture selections, discussion questions, and accompanying visual art.

The opening plenary presentation was inadvertently not recorded. We apologize for the inconvenience.


SPRING 2021

Radix 5: Centering Women's Voices

The theme for the six-week series meeting April–May 2021 is Centering Women’s Voices, and draws on the inspiring stories of six women from Scripture as they speak their wisdom into our lives today.

 

 

SESSION TOPICS

Session 1: Deborah (week of April 25)

Session 2: Mary of Bethany (week of May 2)

Session 3: Judith (week of May 9)

Session 4: Tabitha (week of May 16)

Session 5: Hannah (week of May 23)

Session 6: The Syrophoenician Woman (week of May 30)

OPENING PLENARY: SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 7 P.M. via Zoom

Click here to download the participant packet , containing scripture selections, discussion questions, and accompanying visual art.

A video of the opening plenary is now available:

 


EPIPHANYTIDE 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

In January and February of 2021, Radix small groups will meet on zoom to unpack the scriptural stories of salvation heard each year at the Easter Vigil.

Click here to download the participant packet , containing scripture selections, discussion questions, and accompanying visual art.

Opening Plenary: What Is God Up To in All “This”?

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021, 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.

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


FALL 2020

Radix 3: 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 , 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 

Radix 2: 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 opening plenary presentation, titled "Why Resurrection?", is available below:


JANUARY–FEBRUARY 2020 

Radix 1: Small Groups, Deep Roots

The first iteration of The Radix Project, pre-pandemic, was not organized around a specific theme. The six weekly meetings were organized around the topics of: Belonging, Listening, Hardship, Belovedness, Living Stones, and Radical inclusion.

View the participant packet for this series here.