Life Of Paul

Adult Spiritual Formation

Learning to Live from a Kingdom Perspective

The practice of Christianity transforms our world view, and that can change a life.

Education is part of that practice. At Epiphany, it provides another venue for us to consider God and our relationship with God, together. We nurture life in God’s Kingdom in a way that is accessible to everyone, wherever they are on their spiritual journey.

You may just want a more clear understanding of Jesus and his teachings about how to live in the Kingdom of Heaven. Questions and concerns are welcome.

You may be looking to deepen your understanding of the Bible or the spiritual exercises, a particular theologian, artist, composer, or saint. You may want practical, immediate tools for navigating family challenges, life transitions, social upheaval, grief. You may want to know how to forgive. You may want to embrace a more joyful way of living.

Adult classes and forums at Epiphany are personal, led by clergy, parishioners, and invited guests who share elements of their own journeys through their passion for a particular topic, discipline, or person, historic and contemporary.

Questions about our adult education programs? Contact The Reverend Ruth Anne Garcia rgarcia@epiphanyseattle.org

Classes, Forums & Study Groups

Sunday Everybody Hour

Every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. (conveniently after the 9:00 am service), you’ll find a presentation, forum, or class for adults. These vary from one-off presentations on an artist by an artist, to a short series on the key elements of Christianity, to a conversation about a topic of immediate concern and how we might be called as Christians to engage with it. Everyone is welcome, and no pre-registration is required. During Covid-19, we meet on-line. For the link to our Everybody Hour please contact Ruth Anne Garcia at rgarcia@epiphanyseattle.org.

 

Study Groups: Epiphany Minyan

In the Jewish tradition, a minyan refers to the quorum of ten adults required for daily prayers. At Epiphany, our minyans are study groups developed and led by clergy and fellow parishioners. They present an opportunity for deeper study and generally run for several months, if not years. Minyans are highly participatory. During Covid-19, some minyans continue to meet on-line. Current minyans include:

Bible Study with the Rector

Jesus’s teachings are radically consistent. Epiphany’s Rector offers a deeper exploration of the Kingdom of God and what it means to live in it. This is an opportunity to learn what is actually in the Bible and how to read it for best effect. We look at context, examine theology over time, wrestle with tough questions, and enjoy the fresh perspective, energy, and enthusiasm for seeing the world we live in through the lens of the Bible. To find out more and join the minyan, contact Diane Carlisle at verger@epiphanyseattle.org.

 

C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis is one of the most loved 20th Century Christian apologists. Over the years, we’ve read dozens of works by Lewis. We continue to explore his novels (The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters), his theology (Mere Christianity), and his autobiography (Surprised by Joy). We also look at his influencers (CK Chesterton, George MacDonald), and dig into history for context. To find out more and get a Zoom link, contact Jonathan Roberts at jonro@ignitionpartners.com.

 

Prayer Through Poetry

Reading poetry enriches our prayer practice. The language of poetry, its juxtaposition of images and reveal of rhythm offer a bridge to experiences beyond words. The best poems can give voice to deeply held feelings and beliefs we may not know we possess until our engagement with the poem enlightens us. To find out more, please contact Barb Marshall at barblmarshall@yahoo.com or Doug Marshall at douggmarshall@gmail.com.

Other Curricula on Offer

Epiphany offers educational opportunities using curricula developed by the Episcopal church and other theological institutions.

Sacred Ground

A contemporary curriculum provided by the Episcopal church under the direction of Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop, that brings people together to talk about race. It is an opportunity for learning, for self reflection, and for intimate, honest conversation about issues of race in this nation at this time. At present nearly 100 people are participating in groups of 7 to 10 people. Given the demand, more groups are forming. To find out more and to join a group, please contact Diana Bender at diana.bender@outlook.com.

 

Education for Ministry (EFM)

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice to help people discover and nurture their call to Christian service. Developed by Sewanee: University of the South and lay-led, this is a demanding curriculum that also fosters long-lasting relationships.
If you have questions or would like to enroll, contact Diane Carlisle at verger@epiphanyseattle.org.