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.

Fall 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.)  The upcoming Sunday 10am Adult Education & Formation classes:

Sept. 7: The Innocent Abroad—Living and Working at the University of Cambridge (Professor Myles Lynk)
Sept. 14: The Innocent Abroad—Experiencing Christianity in England (Professor Myles Lynk)
Sept. 21: The Holy Spirit in Scriptural Perspective (Dr. James Merrick)
Sept. 28: The Holy Spirit: The Subtle Presence of the Loving God (Bishop Burrill)

Oct. 5: The Holy Spirit: Why We Bless (Father Reed) A class for  all ages, in Manning Hall on the day of our Annual Animal Blessing.
Oct. 12: Vestry Chat
Oct. 19: Getting to Know The Rev. Paulsson Rajarigam (Our new Middle School Head in celebration of Day School Sunday)
Oct. 26: “How Would You Like To Be Remembered” (Bishop Burrill)

Nov. 2: The Saints Guide to Happiness (The Rev. Anne Ellsworth)
A Case for Connection: Friendship and Service at All Saints’
Nov. 9: A Case for Connection 1: The science of connecting. Why it’s good for us, why we don’t do it, and what to do about it. (Patrice AlShatti)
Nov. 16: A Case for Connection 2: How Friendship in the Christian tradition sustains and inspires lives of connection and service. (The Rev. Anne Ellsworth)
Nov. 23: A Case for Connection 3: Putting it all together: Connection at All Saints’. Find your best pathway to connection at All Saints’ and in the community. Group discussions, reflection, and potential small group formation. (The Rev. Anne Ellsworth and Patrice Al-Shatti)

Nov 30: Medieval Times: Illuminated Manuscripts (Allison Merrick)
Dec. 7: Reading Scripture Spiritually: Reflections on Medieval Interpretation (Dr. James Merrick)
Dec 14: Medieval Poetry: An Advent Sampler (Fr. Poulson Reed)
Dec 21: The Medieval Theology of Mary and What It Means for Us Today (Fr. Poulson Reed)

Examples of Recent Classes and Workshops

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]

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

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

Choir Workshops: Saturdays in January and July
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 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

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.