It's long been said that one of the strengths of the Episcopal Church is that you don't need to check your brain at the door. In fact, we encourage you to bring your brain, to use it, exercise it, even stretch it. A variety of opportunities to grow in faith and understanding, or to explore ideas about God and issues in the world, are available at Saint Mark's.
Every Sunday at 10 a.m., our parish gathers for discussion and teaching on topics that matter to us as Christians. Usually our talks are energetic and fulfilling, with lots of great ideas in the air. Come by for a good cup of coffee, stay for a great class and a rousing discussion! All classes meet in the Parish Hall at 10 a.m., ending in time for the 11 a.m. Mass. Contact Mother Nora Johnson if you have questions or would like to hear more.
November 6, 13, & 20: Illness, Death and Dying - The Gift of Grace. How do we start a conversation with the people we love about our own illness and death--and theirs? How do we make decisions about the end of life? How might we even start to talk about these topics with those to whom we are closest? Join parishioner Kevin Daugherty Hook, MSN, MA, MS, CRNP, an Adult and Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner and Mother Nora Johnson at the November Forums. This three-part series will include hands-on experience with "The Gift of Grace," an engaging conversation game designed to encourage such discussions.
Advent: Our Incarnational Gifts
Members of the parish will talk to us about the creative work they do and its relationship to their lives of faith. Come hear more about how God is incarnate in and through Saint Mark’s and the work of its parishioners.
November 27: The Imagery of Advent. Parishioner Davis d’Ambly, a liturgical artist whose work is well-known at Saint Mark’s and in the wider church, shares visual images that help us enter into this season of waiting and hope.
December 4: Love, Hope, and Stitching. Parishioner Cassie Epting talks about her work in the early days of the AIDS crisis at Saint Mark’s, and the community that formed around that work. Cassie will give us a special presentation on the panel from the AIDS quilt that we now use on the the Nave Altar at the Family Mass.
December 11: Icons and Christianity. Parishioner Dan Devlin, who has had a long career in the graphic arts, talks about how visual images and icons have been part of his life of faith. He will bring examples of his own work.
December 18: Poetry and Parents. Do you know that there are working poets among us at Saint Mark’s? Come and hear work by parishioners and others reflecting on the topic of parenthood for this final Forum session in Advent.
December 25 and January 1: Christmastide break
January 8: Coming into the Church. Mother Nora Johnson talks about her work with those who come to be baptized, confirmed, or received at Saint Mark’s. This session is a way to hear more about what this year’s Confirmation Class, which begins in January, is going to be like. It’s also a chance for the parish to talk about how we receive new members and what new Christians need to know about living a life of faith.
January 15, 22, and 29: Alternative Christianities. Parishioner and historian Barry Levis will lead this three-part series. The assertion that Christians have consistently held the same beliefs since the beginning could not be further from historical reality. While many Christians did share common beliefs, others who regarded themselves as true to the original teaching of Jesus held often radically different views. In these sessions we will meet groups spanning periods from the early church through the Reformation and examine their relationship with the mainstream Christians of their day.