St. Augustine's offers a variety of opportunities for adult members to deepen their faith:
Sundays in Lent
Our focal point for adult formation opportunities on Sunday mornings in Lent is a verse from Psalm 139, I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (v.14) The psalm speaks of God's deep abiding knowledge of and love for each of us and reminds us that each of us is wonderfully one of a kind. Please join us on Sunday mornings between 10:45 and 11:45 for conversation facilitated by our clergy.
March 10 - Gender Identity
March 17- Discovering your Spiritual Type: Each of us has a distinct way of understanding our spirituality and how we live it. Learn about the four main spiritual types and discover which of these resonates most closely with how you approach your prayer and faith lives.
March 24 - Exploring your Spiritual Gifts: We are each given an array of spiritual gifts. This Sunday you will have an opportunity to identify and learn more about your unique spiritual gifts, the gifts of others and how to enhance the effectiveness of your gifts by connecting with others.
March 31 - Welcoming the Uniqueness of the Other: Recognizing that every member of the human family is wonderfully unique and God's beloved, how do we welcome the gift of the other in our lives and in our communities?
Thursdays in Lent - "Soul Feast"6:30-8:10pm. Come for an evening of fellowship, learning and conversation about spiritual practices that can lead to deepening faith and growing spiritually. The evening begins with a simple soup supper followed by a presentation and discussion, ending with Compline. Can't come for dinner? Join us at 7:00 for the conversation! Members of the clergy will use chapters from the book Soul Feast by Marjorie J. Thompson as a springboard for discussion. No need to read the book unless you want to go deeper. Each presentation is "free standing" so come to one or all, as you are able.
March 14 - Hunger and Thirst: The Spiritual Yearning of Our Time
March 21 - Reclaiming Sabbath Time: The Sacred Art of Ceasing
March 28 - Gathered in the Spirit: Our Common Worship
April 4 - Of Conscience and Consciousness: Self Examination, Confession, and Awareness
April 11 - Communication and Communion with God: Approaches to Prayer.
Equipping the Saints
Members of this group seek to live the call of our Baptismal Covenant to "persevere in resisting evil," especially in the context of racism. We began this conversation the first Sunday of Lent in 2016. We pledged to watch the videos shared from the 2016 Trinity Institute: Listen for a Change, and continued that discussion through the month of May. Now the group continues the essential work of racial reconciliation. Please see the Parish E-newsletter for upcoming meetings or contact Sam Love for more information.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program of scripture study and theological education within the context of small group conversation and and practice. EfM helps people of faith explore the depth of the Christian tradition, connecting with their experiences of the world as they study, pray, and engage in theological reflection together. To learn more about St. Augustine's EfM group, contact Sam Love or Debbie Buesing.