Are you new to Holy Communion? To the Episcopal Church? To Christianity? Are you just looking to know more about the tradition? Join us for Pilgrimage our course exploring themes in Christian thought and practice through the Episcopal tradition. This Fall our Pilgrimage Class will be organized on what our Presiding Bishop calls the “Way of Love,” a new way of thinking about the Christian life we share together.
Click the image below to see a video introduction to our “The Jesus Movement” from the Presiding Bishop:
This class is especially suited for newcomers, but it is open to all who are exploring. We will take a look at the traditions of the church, from Scripture, to worship, to prayer. We will spend time together talking about the ways Anglicans and Episcopalians have particularly received the Christian Tradition.
Pilgrimage is four classes over two Saturdays in February and March this Winter/Spring.
The class will be held for four Sundays from September through December
September 16 12:15p-2:45pm: Turn; Learn
This first class will take a look at what it means to choose to follow Jesus today. Showing up does not mean your making a commitment, but we will talk about what “turning” has looked like in history, and how this turning might play a role in our life today. We will also look at the Bible, including discussing modern scholarship on the origins of the various documents in the text. We’ll also explore how the Bible has been interpreted historically, and tackle some of the “big controversies” such as the Bible’s views on creation, the role of women, and sexual orientation. We will ask, do you have to read Scripture as a fundamentalist to take it seriously?
October 14 12:15p-2:45pm Worship
To be a liturgical Christian is to know you walk a particularly well-worn path. The words and gestures used in church have been passed down through the ages, but they also can be a bit inaccessible to new worshipers. In this class we will take a look at how we worship together. We will also look at the history and structure of the church that seeks to enable our common prayer.
November 11 12:15p-2:45pm: Pray; Bless
What are the practices of Prayer, Contemplation, and reflection that can sustain us from day to day, week to week. How does the balance of contemplation/meditation/prayer encounter a life out in the world. In this session, we will learn about some of the deep resources in the Christian Spiritual tradition, and we will encounter the stories of ancient and modern Christians who have sought to make Jesus’ way make a difference in our world.
December 9: 12:15p-2:45pm Rest; Go
Jesus said “humanity was not made for the sabbath, but the sabbath was made for humanity.” The practice of sabbath is perhaps the least well treasured in our tradition. This class will ask you to bring your calendar, to take a look at how you use your time. We will also be asking the question “how has my calling shifted?” We will ask whether we are discerning a particular place in this community, and how we might be invited by God to engage the life of the world.
To “graduate” from Pilgrimage, we ask that you attend at least 3 of the 4 courses offered. If you can’t make 3, that’s alright. We’ll offer the course again in the Fall. Come when you can. When you’ve made it through 3, you’ve graduated.
If you have questions please contact the rector at firstname.lastname@example.org