Adult Christian Formation

Adult Education & Fellowship

We have a variety of educational and fellowship offerings.  We hope you will join us for one or many!

Adult Forums on Sundays at 10:10 a.m.

Adult forum is an integral part of Sunday mornings at St. Mary’s. Led by clergy, staff, and other speakers during the 10 a.m. hour, Adult forum provides education, spiritual formation, and fellowship to enrich our faith and our community. This year we will explore themes of faith in our daily lives, in our community, and in the larger world. Formation opportunities happen on Sunday mornings in the Parish Hall between services. Check out other offerings below.

Sunday, September 29 – Overview of the year with David May

Sunday, October 6 – Jay Burkhardt, MSW, The Circle Center – A conversation about caring for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia

Sunday, October 20 – “Why formation?” with Annie Campbell, pt. 1

Sunday, October 27 – “Why formation?” with Annie Campbell, pt. 2

Sunday, November 3 – Panel Discussion on the Christopher Brookfield sermon project

Sunday, November 17 – Rabbi Gary Creditor

Sunday, November 24 – To be announced

Book Study: Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor

This fall, our community book will be “Holy Envy” by Barbara Brown Taylor, a noted author, preacher and Episcopal priest. The book is a reflection on her years of teaching World Religion in the college setting. In the process she discovered the spiritual riches God can teach us from the faith of others and how in the process she was offered “the chance to be born again within my own tradition.” There will be several opportunities for book discussion in small group settings led by at least five different parishioners. There are a number of small group book study opportunities led by different parishioners this fall:

Tuesdays, October 22 – November 12 at 8:45 a.m. in the Library with Bill Huffman
Wednesdays, October 23 – November 6 at 1 p.m. in the Library with Bill Huffman

Thursdays, October 24 – November 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Library with Amelia McDaniel

Tuesday, October 29 at 6:15 p.m. led by Sally Roddey at 403 Walsing Drive
Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. led by Andy Howlett at Ardent Brewery
Thursdays, November 7 & 21 at 7:30 p.m. led by Ashley Barlow at 7201 Pine Tree Road

Weekly Lectionary Bible Study

The Bible Study meets every Wednesday in the Library from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Led by parishioner Frank Eakin, Weinstein-Rosenthal Professor of Jewish and Christian Studies at the University of Richmond, each Bible study session focuses on the Lectionary readings assigned for the succeeding Sunday. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend and participate in this vibrant discussion. Consider bringing a Bible in a translation or version that you enjoy reading. While no prior biblical training is required, an open mind and readiness to learn and share insights are always welcome!

Men’s Spiritual Practice

Led by Bob Hetherington, the gathering is an opportunity to deepen faith and is open to men of all ages. The men’s spiritual practice group meets weekly on Tuesday mornings, beginning on Tuesday, September 11 through Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30 a.m. in the Old Parish Hall. This gathering is an opportunity to deepen faith and is open to men of all ages.