Sunday Morning Adult Education Forum
At Holy Nativity, we believe that Christian Formation is a lifelong process. Holy Nativity has a very active and engaging Adult Christian Education Forum on Sunday mornings to help people along on their journey of faith. By inviting people to reflect on and share from their own life experiences, Adult Forum serves as an important bridge between what we do in worship and how we live gospel-shaped lives. Guided by Baylor University's "Christian Reflections: A Series in Faith and Ethics," together we think and act with a Christian mind about ethical issues in our society. Recent topics have included Hospitality, Global Wealth, Environmental Stewardship and an in depth look at the Millennium Development Goals. Adult Forum meets every other Sunday at 10:45 a.m., alternating every other week with coffee hour and fellowship.
For more information about the Christian Reflections: A Series in Faith and Ethics
Setting Our Hearts: An Introduction to Sacred Community
Setting Our Hearts is a unique and contemporary religious education experience for adults offered to people new to Holy Nativity and open to all people who are interested in taking a deeper look at their faith. Starting with the real life experiences of class members, Setting Our Hearts is designed to reveal the ways participants’ experiences are reflected in the Christian story and how their faith can help them function better in the world. During Setting Our Hearts, a small group gathers for five weeks to explore basic Christian themes and symbols, such as belonging, baptism, communion and the cross and resurrection as understood in this Episcopal community of faith.
Each Tuesday evening during Lent, Holy Nativity offers adult learning opportunities. The evening begins with a simple soup supper at 6 p.m. followed by an educational program at 7 p.m. The evening closes with a simple prayer service. Recent courses included In Polite Company, a course that explored the intersection of faith and politics and Journey In Faith, in which participants looked at parts of their lives that don’t make sense through a model of Christian faith that acknowledges the complexity of life.
EFM (Education for Ministry)
We believe every baptized person is called to ministry. The EFM is a small group program that provides lay people with an opportunity for study and reflection in order to discover how to respond to the call of Christian service and carry out their ministries. The program is a distance learning theological education program of the School of Theology for the University of the South. Participants commit 8 months at a time to meet regularly in seminars led by a trained mentor. Completion of the program takes four years, during which participants study the Old and New Testaments, church history and twentieth century theology. Through study, worship and reflection, EFM groups move toward an understanding of God’s kingdom and their role as steward of themselves and others. Interested people can go to the web-site at Sewanee University to learn more about the program. Feel free to talk to Sheree Capulli about your interest in this program. †
† Please call the church office (630-323-6820) for individual ministry contact information.