We gather each Sunday at 9:30 for Christian Formation groups before our worship. Below are our Spring 2018 groups:
The Creed: Where Did it Come From, What Does it Mean?
Jan 21 – March 11
In a world where “change” and “new” are hallmarks of our lives, why do we regularly recite a creed that was written at least 1300 years ago? Why do we affirm this creed at our baptism, in our Rule of Life and on Sundays? During our eight weeks together, we’ll examine the Apostles Creed, phrase by phrase, asking:
– Why is each phrase included?
– What’s behind each phrase?
– Why is the creed still important for us today?
We’ll do so in a small group, discussion-based format that will allow us to learn from each other, and also provide each of us an opportunity to get to know some folks that we might not otherwise.
Transformative Peacemaking: How the Way of Jesus Moves Social Conflict Toward Relational Well-being
March 18 – April 29
Inside the family, at the office, across politics or cultures, at the borders of religions—wherever there is social space, inevitably there is conflict. For the Christ-follower, conflict calls shalom into creative action. “We must work for peace,” Wendell Berry says, “as ardently, seriously, continuously, carefully, and bravely as we have ever prepared for war.” Peace, then, is what we make of it—this world of fighting and violence, division and dissension, hatred and fear and enemies and evil. By engaging the motives and manners of Jesus, we’ll search for pathways to transform old cycles of conflict into new possibilities of relationship.
What Is The Bible?
Kevin Seidel, Debby Prum, Mark Anderson
Sept. 3 – Oct. 15 | Oct. 22–Dec. 10
Whether you’re new to the Bible, a steady devotional reader, a disillusioned ex-reader, an expert academic reader, or just not sure what to make of the Bible anymore, this class is for you. The more of us who come from different stages of life and faith, wherever we are in our relationship to the Bible, the better the class will be. The premise of the class is that paying closer attention to what the Bible actually is (rather than what we think it should be) can help us become more confident, curious, and excited about reading the Bible on our own and with one another. We’ll spend some time learning about the manuscript and translation history of the Bible, as well as its historical and literary contexts, but we’ll spend most of our time in small-group discussions, lingering over the details of one short passage of scripture, a different passage every week. And this will be surprisingly fun. You don’t have to come to every class. You don’t have to do the recommended reading (usually just one or two chapters of the Bible a week, plus a podcast or video). But if you do the reading and do come regularly, you’ll likely (1) become better friends with a few more people at All Souls, (2) gain a better understanding of the Bible as a whole, (3) come away thinking that Bible stories are way more interesting than you thought, and (4) be more hopeful about hearing the scriptures as God’s word for us today.
Deep Calls to Deep: Life in the Spirit
Oct. 22–Dec. 10
Our group will be ruminating on 6 Scripture passages that prominently portray the Holy Spirit—God’s presence in us. To wrestle with these passages, we’ll consider what various facets of living in the Spirit look like, exploring questions about how the Holy Spirit intimately comforts, empowers, surprises, challenges, and disrupts us. Along the way, we’ll be consulting some wisdom from across the Christian heritage about how Christians have understood the Holy Spirit at work in the world, in the church, in the believer, and in the Divine Life.