Sunday Adult Education

With regular learning, our faith becomes much more than a collection of information; it becomes a lens through which we see our lives. And when we see with the eyes of faith, we are more likely to act as God would have us act, for our sakes and the sake of others.

Once a month, as an additional option, Family Sunday School will offer formation for all ages.  The upcoming Sunday 10am Adult Education & Formation classes:

Sunday Morning at 10am in St. Barbara

January 5: “Five Wishes” Five Wishes is a legal document that helps adults express how they want to be cared for in case they become seriously ill and can’t speak for themselves. This is information that should be useful to all adults, allowing our families and loved ones the opportunity to know our wishes without the stress associated with acute illness or impending death. With Marta Smith, Health Ministries Coordinator.

January 12: Exploring Epiphany
On this first Sunday after Epiphany, we will explore with Fr. Reed this important but poorly understood season that extends until the beginning of Lent.

January 19: Annual Budget Presentation

January 26: Annual Parish Meeting

February 9, 16, 23:  The Creeds with Dr. James Merrick
The three sessions on the Nicene Creed will examine why creeds were used by early Christians and how they might be engaged today (Week 1), the philosophical transformation of the concept of divinity at the heart of the Creed (Week 2), and, finally, a discussion of the Creed’s broader theology (Week 3).

February 9: Exclusive or Inclusive? On the Need for Creed, Then and Now

February 16: What If God Was One of Us? The Radical Rethinking of God in the Creed
February 23: What’s Love Got to Do with It? On Trinity, Creation, and Salvation in the Creed

About Dr. James Merrick
Amateur brewer, assistant professor of theology, and book addict, James Merrick holds an M.A. in Christian Thought, a Th.M. in Church History, and Ph.D. in Divinity, the last of which was completed in Scotland at King’s College, University of Aberdeen. The almost 4 years in Scotland brought involvement with the Scottish Episcopal Church and the birth of his oldest child, Rowan. James, Rowan, his wife, Allison, and their daughter, Evelyn moved to Phoenix from Pennsylvania six months ago and have been enjoying All Saints’ since their first Sunday.

March 2:  Got Lent?  On the last Sunday before Lent, we will explore how to develop a set of spiritual practices (a rule of life) for this season that will help us grow in faith and prepare for Easter. What traditional practices remain useful in our modern day, and how can we tailor other ones to our spiritual needs at the moment?

Human Suffering and God’s Mercy: Reflections on the Book of Job
Why does God allow good people to suffer? The Book of Job is one of the Bible’s most profound explorations of how human suffering and sin relate to God’s mercy and justice. In this season of Lent, we will reflect on this book, and what it can teach us about how to find meaning and growth in the challenging times of our lives.

March 9: An Overview of the Book of Job [Fr. Reed]
March 16: The Reality of Suffering: Where Is God? [Bishop Burrill and Dr. James Merrick]
March 23:  In a Suffering World With A Loving God: What Is Our Task? [Bishop Burrill and Dr. James Merrick]
March 30: William Blake’s Job [Fr. Reed]
April 6: The Cross: The Suffering God [Dr. James Merrick]

2014 Lenten Evenings: “This Fragile Earth, Our Island Home”
Eucharistic Prayer C, which we use in Lent, describes our planet as “this fragile earth, our island home.” Over four Thursday evenings (March 13, 20, 27 and April 3) in St. Barbara, we will explore what our faith has to teach us about our stewardship of the earth. Each evening will begin with a simple, soup supper at 6pm, followed by a class from 6:30 – 7:30pm, closing with Compline. Our March 20 evening will be our Third Thursday program for the month.

April 13: Holy Week: an Overview (special time: 10:15am)
Join Father Reed for a brief overview of the liturgies of Holy Week, the most important week of the Christian year.

April 20: no Christian Education for Easter Day. Come watch the Easter Egg hunt!

Newcomer’s Class from 10-10:50am in the Urbano Library
April 27, May 4, 11, 2014
Learn about all things All Saints’ and the Episcopal Church.

April 27: The Future of Health Ministries at All Saints’. Led by Marta Smith and Patrice Al-Shatti.

May 4: Phase 1 Construction Update. Come hear the latest about the church and school construction project across (and including) Stella Lane, which will begin in May. There will also be an update on the Capital Campaign, and on the status of the three church building improvements (outdoor lighting, sound, and the roof). Father Reed and Tim Haskins, chair of the church’s Buildings and Grounds Committee, will present.

May 11: Giving Structure to the Spirit: Finding Forms for Mission. Join Bishop Kirk Smith on the day of his annual visitation for a presentation on whether the structures of the institutional Church help or hinder us in the spreading of the Gospel.

May 18: Vestry Coffee Hour Conversation. There will not be an adult class this day, but members of the Vestry will be hosting a delicious coffee hour, and available for conversation.

May 25: A Conversation with the Reverend Holly Davis. Come meet Holly Davis, our new Associate for Children, Youth, and Family Ministries.

Adult Sunday Education Classes for the Summer:  9am in St. Barbara II
Join the clergy for the on-going series: Christian Origins: Exploring the Four Oldest Books in the New Testament. On the first Sunday of the month, the adult education class will be provided by Dr. James Gerber and Scott Youngs, our two parish musicians, highlighting important aspects of music in our life at All Saints.

June 1: Dr. James Gerber will speak on “The Organ in Worship.” From ethereal whispers to thunderous roars, the organ has emerged as the primary musical instrument used during Christian worship and is the instrument most often associated with the Church.  This presentation will tell the fascinating story of how and why the organ was introduced and explain the various ways it has been used within the context of worship.  

June 8: “The Ministry of Episcopal Relief & Development: Healing a Hurting World.” Dr. Robert W. Radtke will be our guest preacher at 7:30am and 10am as well as the teacher at the 9am Adult Education. He has served as president of Episcopal Relief & Development since 2005. Dr. Radtke provides strategic leadership to the agency’s programs in nearly 40 countries across Africa, Latin America and Asia, as well as the United States.

June 15: Christian Origins: Exploring the Four Oldest Books in the New Testament. 1 Thessalonians chapter 1

June 22: Christian Origins: 1 Thessalonians chapters 2-3

June 29: Christian Origins: 1 Thessalonians 4-5

July 6: Dr. James Gerber will speak on “Psalms and the Ways We Sing Them.”  For the entire history of the Church, Christians have prayed and sung the psalms.  Over the centuries, the faithful have devised various ways to sing them.  During this presentation, we will explore the many ways we sing the psalms today and how these methods developed.

July 13:
Christian Origins: 2 Thessalonians 1

July 20: Christian Origins: 2 Thessalonians 2-3

July 27: Christian Origins: Galatians 1-2

August 3:  Scott Youngs will introduce the Choral Music of the year to come.  Yes, there is a reason why we sing specific anthems and texts each week.  Come hear the rationale behind the choices, the special works coming up, and find out what it takes to make this choral music come to life for our worship together.

August 10: Christian Origins: Galatians 3-4

August 17: Christian Origins: Galatians 5-6

August 24: Christian Origins: James 1-2

August 31: Christian Origins: James 3-5

1000 Years of Musical Art: A music appreciation series
Dr. James Gerber is presenting a summer education series to the entire All Saints’ Community on Thursday evenings, June 19 – July 24, from 7:00 to 8:30pm in the St. Barbara meeting rooms.
Anyone interested in learning more about the history of music is welcome. The series is free of charge and light refreshments will be available.

The topics for the specific dates are:
Thursday, June 19: Music from the Medieval and Renaissance eras
Thursday, June 26: Music from the Baroque era: 1600-1750
Thursday, July 3:    The music of Johann Sebastian Bach & George Frideric Handel
Thursday, July 10:  Music from the Classic era: 1750-1820
Thursday, July 17:  Music from the Romantic era:  1820-1900
Thursday, July 24:  Twentieth Century Music


Examples of Recent Classes and Workshops

The Path of Discipleship (Adult Confirmation Class)
Watch for next Confirmation Class 2015, or contact Fr. Reed
This is not your usual “class,” but a group committing to support one   another as we walk together the path  of faith, following Jesus. We will get to know each other, pray, and study the Christian faith in the Episcopal tradition. Father Poulson Reed and parishioner Michael King will be the mentors, with visits from special guests from time to time.  This group is for adults who wish to be baptized, confirmed, received  into The Episcopal Church (for those already confirmed in other denominations), and those Episcopalians who wish to reaffirm their commitment of faith. In other words, anyone may join the group, if you are willing to commit to our time together.  We will meet Thursday evenings from 6-7:30pm March through May. To reserve your place in the group, email Father Reed at

Winter Choir Workshops: Saturdays January 11, 18, 25
Music at All Saints’ is a growth process.  You begin working on music that you find compelling, and pretty soon you are working on more difficult music and honing your talents further.  More than anything else, we have become a training ground for music in worship.  We study together to create something greater than ourselves.  You are invited to start on this path with us as a new choir member this January.  We offer these Saturday morning training sessions from 9am-12noon in the Choir Room. Contact Scott Youngs to sign up: 602-279-5539 x128 or

Exploring Prayer with the All Saints’ Prayer Team
Saturday morning, January 11, 2014, 8:30 am–12noon
Do you have questions about prayer?  Have you ever thought, “Isn’t prayer the priest’s job, why should I pray?” or maybe, “I know I should pray more, but I don’t really know how.” Well, come to All Saints’ on January 11, for a Saturday morning Introduction to Prayer Retreat. The All Saints’ Prayer Team is leading a half-day program for those who would like to learn a little more about prayer. The retreat style program will include time for reflection, discussion, and prayer. We will begin at 8:30am with registration and continental breakfast in St. Barbara I & II.  Our morning together will end with Holy Eucharist and adjourn at 12noon.  Please register by calling the Church Office, 602-279-5539.