Rev. Brian Baker
How to Live as a Christian in This Crazy World
September 14th to October 19th
7 pm in the Assembly Area
With the breakdown of civility, chaos in our political systems and an increase of explicit racism, we are entering a frightening time of crisis. Dean Baker will lead a six-week conversation that will explore how our faith can both guide and sustain us as we strive for justice and peace and respect the dignity of every human being.
The Protestants are Revolting!
October 26th to November 16th
7 pm in the Conference Room
Protestants are Revolting, or Reforming, or Protesting, or Evolving
Looking back to 1517 and Luther’s dynamic use of the written word and the unsettling influence of conscience to see the power of searching for the truth that sets all free, we reflect on our own struggles to advance the Gospel for a new age.
From “The 95 Theses” to a Diet of Worms we will look at the seeds of contention and the fruit of resistance. From “Here I stand” to where are we standing today? We will write a new Thesis for a better witness to the truth of a New Heaven and a New Earth. All are welcome to celebrate and re-create a New Covenant with all of God’s people.
Here is the structure of the class:
1 Overview of the political/religious mood of the time and their consequences.
2 A look at the importance of Scripture in the debate and its aftermath. Here is a reading of the 95 theses and the emphasis there for the needs of the Poor.
3 An insight in the Diet of Worms trial. The use of conscience in Luther’s argument and the ongoing debate of the “Conscience” today.
4 A re-writing of our own 95 (or so) theses to highlight the need for a better understanding of the policies of the Church.
12 Steps to a Compassionate Life
September 14th to November 16th
7 pm in the Cathedral Bookshop
In 2010, Karen Armstrong, a renowned scholar of the world’s religions, wrote Twelve Steps to A Compassionate Life. The Washington Post stated: “Armstrong lays out a pluralistic and, ultimately, secular way to spread compassion that’s easy to believe in.” From learning about compassion to loving your enemies, this book is extremely timely for living in the world today. Attendees are encouraged to purchase the book, available in the Cathedral Bookshop.
Ongoing, drop-ins are welcome!
Journey with Jesus — Your Journey of Faith
7 pm in Room J
Have you read The Shack by W. Paul Young? It is the story of a family, especially the father, who suffers a horrendous, tragic experience. The father, Mack Phillips, suffers a “great sadness” for four years. Mack was a man of faith but had a profound question about how God could let such a tragedy happen. Much of the story is about how God confronts him and guides him through a conversion that begins to make his life and that of his family whole again. “The shack itself is a metaphor for the places you get stuck, you get hurt, you get damaged…the thing where shame or hurt is centered.” In interviews, Paul Young admits that Mack’s story is his story. Writing The Shack was an intentional part of his journey of faith and continuing conversion.
Journey with Jesus is a similar intentional journey. Most of us suffer tragedies in our lives, tragedies that lead us to shout “WHY?” to a god who seems very distant. The tragedy and hard times may lead us to question whether there is a god at all. We suffer; we seek; with the Grace that is God, hopefully, we find our way back.
The thing about Journey with Jesus is the intentionality of that search. Each participant – candidates, sponsors, the leadership – enters this journey with the intention of deepening their faith, of growing closer to God. In the process, they grow closer to each other as well. The Holy Spirit has never failed us. With God’s help, we walk the Way described in the Gospels.
Journey with Jesus is Trinity’s embodiment of the catechumenate. From its earliest days, the Church has used the catechumenate as the way to grow disciples. The Apostles and other early disciples used this guided journey. They used it to prepare those interested in following Jesus to baptism. The religious orders continue to guide candidates from postulancy to religious vows through the catechumenate process. Many denominations, including the Episcopal Church, endorse the process for you and me. As mentioned above, we use it to help people prepare for baptism, confirmation, and reception into the Episcopal Church. But many participants, including sponsors and team members, celebrate a renewal of faith through the journey.
What does the catechumenate look like? What does Journey with Jesus look like? The picture is simple: the group meets once a week, on Thursday evenings. We pray together; we join with others for dinner; we reflect on and pray the Gospel reading for Sunday. All of this, including dinner, runs from 6 – 8 PM. Too simple? I remain in wonder at how the Spirit works through this simple process.
Meetings take place almost every Thursday of the year. You can join right now! You will hear more about Journey with Jesus in October. If you want to get out of your shack, if you want to help someone else get out of theirs, if you seek baptism or confirmation, start your guided, intentional Journey with Jesus.
Contact Jerry Paré (email@example.com; 916-930-8032) right now.
If you have any questions about these classes or any Adult Ministry programs, contact Rev. Dr. Pamela Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.