Christian Formation

 Christian Formation. 

Formation begins on September 12th and will be held in Beaudway Hall at 11am. The first three sessions of formation will be an introduction to the Episcopal Church, and will especially appropriate for those who are newer or want to learn more about our way of being the church. The topics will be:

September 12th - History...or, Where did we come from?

September 26th - Theology...or, What do we believe?

October 3rd - Governance...or, How do we make decisions?



Education for Ministry

Would you like to explore new ways to live your faith in every day life? Do you want to reflect on where God has been present in your life, and where He might be leading you now? Do you want to learn more about the Bible and its history, or just read it in its entirety? Do you wish to delve into the meaning behind our beautify liturgy? Do you enjoy sharing connection and deep conversation with fellow classmates? Education for Ministry classes, held once a week during the academic year, will delve into all these areas and more. If you are curious, or you know someone of any faith who would enjoy these discussions, please have them contact Dorren at (630) 215-5905 or Drew (630) 606-1586. To tempt you, here are the books we will be using in class this year:

Books for 2021-2022

All participants:
EfM Reading and Reflection Guide A 2021-2022: Living Faithfully in Your World

The Dream of God: A Call to Return by Verna Dozier

The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for Beloved Community by Stephanie Spellers

Year One:
A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, 3rd Edition by John J. Collins

The Hebrew Bible: Feminist & Intersectional Perspectives, edited by Gale Yee

Year Two:
Introducing the New Testament, 2nd Edition by Mark Allan Powell

What Are Biblical Values?: What the Bible Says on Key Ethical Issues by John J. Collins

Year Three:
Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch

Year Four:
Theology: A Very Short Introduction by David F. Ford

Mysteries of Faith by Mark McIntosh

The Christian Moral Life: Practices of Piety by Timothy F. Sedgwick

My Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Faith, edited by Jennifer Howe Peace, Or N. Rose, and Gregory Mobley