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.


Sunday Adult Education Classes 10am in St. Barbara II  (plus once a month, as an additional option, Family Sunday School in Manning Hall offers formation for all ages.)

January 4:  Go Small @ All Saints: Small faith sharing groups in 2015. Come and see! Led by our small group leaders.
January 11: If Something Ever Happens to Me: Resources to help you plan for the end of your life. Led by Patrice Al-Shatti.
January 18:  All Saints’ Annual Budget Review
January 25:  All Saints’ Annual Parish Meeting

Building a Life of Faith in the Digital Age
The 21st century is the digital age, with technology evolving rapidly, and entering every aspect of human life. How are we to understand  the relationship between technology and faith? What practical steps can we take in our own lives to integrate our use of technology with our Christian identity? We will explore these questions, taking inspiration from William Powers’ book “Hamlet’s Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age.” Reading the book is not required for the classes.

February 1: Hamlet’s Blackberry and the Search for Meaning in the Digital Age (Poulson Reed)
February 8: Children, Youth, Families and Technology: a Round Table Discussion (Brandi Haskins, Holly Davis, Poulson Reed)
February 15: The Theology of Technology (James Merrick)
February 22: No Candy Crush after 10pm: Developing a Digital Rule of Life (Anne Ellsworth and Poulson Reed)

Sin: Some Lenten Reflections
What does the Anglican tradition teach about sin, and how might we think about it in this season of repentance?

March 1: Original Sin (Bishop Burrill)
Read the newspaper or listen to the news. We have a big problem. What is the cause? Is there reason to be hopeful?

March 8: What Do Episcopalians Believe about Sin? (Father Reed)
The Episcopal Church doesn’t talk about sin as much as some other churches do. What do we believe about it, and why does it matter?

March 15: Special Presentation: A Report from Our 2015 All Saints’ Haiti Team
We take a break from our series on sin to hear from some of our team of students and adults who recently visited our partner church and school, Saint Paul’s in Gascogne, Haiti.

March 22: The Devil and Sin (Larry Soller)

March 29: Easter: Sin’s Undoing  (Father Reed)
(note: starts at 10:15am because of Palm Sunday)
As we enter Holy Week, we reflect on how Christ’s death and resurrection defeat sin and death.

April 12: The Peace Pole Project (Fr. Poulson Reed)
Did you know that, as part of our recent campus expansion, All Saints’ built and dedicated a Peace Pole? We will gather on the church patio around 10am, and walk over to the Peace Garden and Peace Pole (or you may meet us there around 10:10am; it is next to the baseball field). There, we will see the garden, and learn more from Father Reed about the international Peace Pole movement. The risen Christ said to his apostles, “peace be with you.” What can we do in this Easter season to encourage peace inside and outside of ourselves?

April 19: Augustine’s Confessions (Fr. James Merrick)
The Confessions of St Augustine is a classic of western civilization. It inaugurates a new genre of spiritual biography. Come learn about how Augustine links prayer, praise, and self-understanding. Discover also significant developments in Christian theology and one of the most profound practices of Christianity, the healing of memory.

April 26: Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love (Fr. James Merrick)
Julian of Norwich is the first known female spiritual writer in England. This work is at once a profound example of medieval visionary spirituality and a work of impressive theological acuity. Come learn about her famous phrase: “all will be well, and all manner of things will be well”

May 3: Jean Vanier, Community and Growth (Fr. James Merrick)
Jean Vanier, who is still with us, is the founder of l’arche organizations and communities. He is often known to fans of Henri Nouwen and is rumored to be a possible recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. This is one of his most loved works. Come discover the way of true community and its importance for spiritual growth.

May 10: God Has Gone Up: Exploring the Theology of the Ascension (Fr. Poulson Reed)
Thursday, May 14th is the Feast of the Ascension. In this class, we will explore the biblical story of Jesus’ ascension into heaven, its theology, and its implications for us as believers.

May 17: Bishop’s Forum with the Rt. Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith
“The Episcopal Church: Hospice or Rehab?”

May 24: No class—Just snacks—Memorial Weekend

Sunday Adult Education 9am in St. Barbara
The Letter to the Hebrews: A Neglected Masterpiece
Again this summer, we will study a portion of the Bible, led by the clergy. There is no preparation required. We will touch on areas of history, theology, and what these passages mean for us today. Feel free to bring a Bible if you wish, in any translation.
The third longest epistle in the New Testament, the Letter to the Hebrews is most likely an early sermon. This brilliant work
of theology, only briefly excerpted in our Sunday lectionary, is often somewhat neglected by the modern Church, overshadowed by other letters. But read as a whole, the Letter to the Hebrews offers valuable insight into how we understand our access to God through Jesus Christ.

May 31: The Letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 1
June 7: Chapter 2
June 14: Chapter 3
June 21: Chapter 4
June 28: Chapter 5
July 5: Chapter 6
July 12: Chapter 7
July 19: Chapter 8
July 26: Chapter 9
August 2: Special Class: Highlights from the Choir Tour (Scott Youngs)
August 9: Chapter 10-11
August 16: Special Class: Highlights from the Najavoland Mission Trip (The Rev. Holly Davis)
August 23: Special Class: “Just Faith” (The Rev. Anne Ellsworth)
August 30: Special Class: The Upcoming Year in Music (James Gerber)
September 6: Chapter 12-13

Summer Music Theory Classes
Open to the congregation! Come join us for 5 weeks of music theory classes taught by our own theory specialist Corey De Tar. During the five Wednesday evenings in July, you can solve all the mysteries of music. We will begin with the basics, and lead you through the language of music notation. You may be rejuvenating your skills or learning new ones. You will find that it is not nearly as hard as you thought! There is a $50 fee for the class, and we meet on Wednesdays: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, in the Choir Room 7-8:30 pm. A great summer learning project!

Choir Workshops: Saturdays: August 1, 8, 15
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. You are invited to start on this path with us as a new choir member the coming season. 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

Living Compass: Mindful Eating
Wednesday Evenings August 5, 12, 19, 26 at 7pm
Health Ministries Coordinator, Patrice Al-Shatti will round out the compass with the many benefits of the Living Compass Program for Mindful Eating—eating better for your health and wellness while allowing you to savor the flavors without guilt. More details coming soon. Email Patrice to sign up or learn more:

Bible-in-a-Year Group
Looking for a summer spiritual practice? A small group of parishioners has been reading the whole Bible in a Year since January 1. All who are interested are invited to join for the second half of our year, starting June 1 (if you wish, you can continue with the first half of the readings in January). We have a daily reading plan which we follow individually, and we meet once a month for conversation and learning about the Bible books we are reading. We meet second Thursday evenings at 7pm in the church Library. To join now, email Lindsay Wood at