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 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 the “The Way of Love” from the Presiding Bishop:
This class is especially suited for newcomers, but it is open to all who are exploring.
In the pandemic: this class will have both “synchronous” and “asynchronous” components. The rector will send out video talks exploring the traditions of the church, from Scripture, to worship, to prayer. You’ll be able to watch these talks “asynchronously,” when you’re able. The class will also gather together at set times on Zoom for discussion, questions, and fellowship. We will spend time together talking about the ways Anglicans and Episcopalians have particularly received the Christian Tradition.
Welcome: The first gathering
Practice: Turn (December 17)
This introductory session takes a look at what our presiding bishop calls “the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement.” What does it mean to choose to follow Jesus today? Showing up for this session does not mean you are making a commitment, but we will look at the overall structure and content of the class. We’ll talk about what the practice of “turning” has looked like in history, and how this turning might play a role in our life today.
Session 1: Scripture part one
Practice: Learn (January 11)
In the first regular session, We will take a look at the Bible, including discussing modern scholarship on the origins of the various documents in the text. This class picks apart all of the various parts of the Bible and asks, “what does it mean to talk about inspiration and Scripture?”
Session 2: Scripture part two
Practice: Learn (January 25)
In this session, we’ll look at a few specific texts, and we’ll explore how the Bible has been interpreted. We’ll 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? This class finishes with a look at how Scripture can be read as part of prayer.
Session 3 Praying together: Episcopal Worship
Practice: Worship (February 8)
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.
Session 4 Praying together: Eucharist
Practice: Worship (February 22)
This class is an introduction the Holy Eucharist. Also called Communion, the Lord’s Supper, The Mass (among other names). Eucharist is the way we most often gather in The Episcopal Church (outside a pandemic). The rector will walk us step by step through a Eucharist.
Session 5 Praying Daily
Practices: Pray, Rest (March 8)
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 talk about the radical practice of sabbath, or rest (the all too neglected part of the Spiritual life).
Session 6 : Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly
Practices: Bless; Go (March 22)
The class asks how the church is a blessing to our neighborhood, our city, our world. We look at the engagement of Christians in justice, and ask what it means to be part of a church that takes a stand. We will also 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 4 of the 6 main sessions offered. If you can’t make 4, that’s alright. We’ll offer the course again in the Fall. Come when you can.
If you have questions please contact the rector at email@example.com