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Formation & Practice

Adult Formation

Adult formation at St. Paul’s is open to everyone: visitors, newcomers, long-timers, and anyone who wants to connect with others, understand the Christian way of life, and nurture practices which enrich their lives in the world.

Adult Christian formation continues through the summer both during the Community Hour on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday evenings.

Sunday Morning:

Sunday morning Community Hour takes place between the 9am and 11:15am Masses (roughly 10:20-11am), and is offered as a taste of a subject—an invitation to either deeper personal study or a fuller treatment on Wednesday evenings.

  • The Catechumenal Process and Christian Initiation, September 9th
    We have begun to recover a more robust catechumenal process at St. Paul’s, but we’re just getting started. Learn about what this process is, what to expect as move forward, and why it matters.
  • Sacraments and Sacramentality, September 23rd and October 7th
    We usually think of the Church having two or seven sacraments (and Martin Luther suggested a third from time to time), and Episcopalians are a particularly sacramentally oriented people. Father Walt will offer two short stand-alone introductions to the subject that will also serve as enticements to fuller discussions on the Wednesday evenings that follow each, and suggest that there may be more sacraments than we can count.
  • Vision 2020, October 14th
    Over the summer, the Vestry attempted to schedule one-on-one’s with every member of our parish to develop a long-term vision for St. Paul’s. Find out what came out of this process and learn more about what the Vestry plans to do moving forward.

Wednesday Evening:

Wednesday Evening Formation takes place in the context of worship and a meal and it’s a place to experience a different kind of community with fellow St. Paul’s parishioners.

Evening Prayer—5:30pm in the chapel
Mass—6:15pm in the Parish Hall
Meal and discussion—around 7pm

  • Eco-Theology, September 12th
    Learn more about Eco-Theology in a discussion led by Adrienne Elliott.
  • General Convention, September 19th
    The Episcopal Church is governed by General Convention which held its triennial gathering this summer. What IS a General Convention? What happened there this year? Does it matter to us?
  • Sacraments and Sacramentality, September 26th, October 3rd, and October 10th
    We usually think of the Church having two or seven sacraments (and Martin Luther suggested a third from time to time), and Episcopalians are a particularly sacramentally oriented people. Father Walt will offer a series of three discussions about Sacramentality, the “Other Sacramental Rites” (Confirmation, Marriage, Ordination, Reconciliation of a Penitent, and Unction), and finally suggest that there may be many more sacraments than we usually think about.

All of our offerings are informed by our baptismal theology. For information about particular events, see our Upcoming Events page.