Adult Formation

St. Paul’s offers a wide range of opportunities for adult formation (adult education and spiritual growth). Our current Sunday morning and Wednesday evening offerings are shown below. Please refer to the home page for additional offerings and activities.

Sundays at 10:15 a.m. in the Chapel

Going Deeper – Ancient Teachings for a Vibrant Faith (Fall 2018)

The Christian Faith – in the teachings of Jesus, the letters of Paul, and the witness of the saints – has the potential to reshape our understanding of ourselves and the world around us. As we celebrate our 60th Anniversary as a Christian community in Cary, what might those ancient teachings mean for our Christian witness? How is God active in our ancient tradition as well as in the world today?

NOTE: Due to Hurricane Florence, there is some rescheduling…..

  • Inviting Jesus into Your Heart: The Ancient Spirituality of the Enneagram of Personality – The Rev. Adrienne Koch (Sept 30)
  • The Beatitudes, Part 1 The Rev. George Adamik (Oct 7)
  • The Beatitudes, Part 2 – Andrew Zawierucha (Oct 14)
  • Paul, Missionary to the Gentiles: Understanding the Letters of Paul – Andrew Zawierucha (Oct 21)
  • Saints Among Us: Pauli Murray – Barbara Lau, Director of the Pauli Murray Project (Oct 28)
  • Annual Meeting – No Forum (Nov 4)
  • Paul and the Christian Community – The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista (Nov 11)
  • Paul and the Roman Empire – The Rev. J. Carr Holland (Nov 18)

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Wing

Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis (Fall 2018)

Questions we face are these: Who is Jesus Christ for us today? What does our loyalty to Christ, as disciples, require at this moment in our history? The Reclaiming Jesus Movement believes it is time to renew our theology of public discipleship and witness.  During the 9 sessions, we will listen to and reflect on Jesus’ teachings. Who did God make you to be? How do we respect and serve others? What does it mean to treat others as we wish to be treated, even in disagreement and with differing values?  This Bible study was developed by the Reclaiming Jesus movement that is supported by our own Bishop Curry and other prominent church leaders and theologians.

  • Civil Discourse and Followers of Jesus (Sept 19)
  • Jesus is Lord: A Confession of Faith in Time of Crisis (Sept 26)
  • Made in God’s Image and Likeness (Oct 3)
  • We are One Body (Oct 10)
  • To Protect and Seek Justice (Oct 17)
  • Truth Is Morally Central to Our Personal and Public Lives (Oct 24)
  • No Session Halloween (Oct 31)
  • Christ’s Way of Leadership is Servanthood (Nov 7)
  • Go into All Nations Making Disciples (Nov 14)
  • No Session Thanksgiving Eve (Nov 21)
  • Change the World Through the Life and Love of Jesus Christ (Nov 28)
Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46)

The psalmist describes both the method and the goal of Centering Prayer: a silent consent to the presence of God in our hearts, in our lives. A combined St. Paul’s/Cary Presbyterian Centering Prayer group meets in the Parlor on the main floor of Cary Presbyterian Church at 9:00 AM on Fridays. Cary Presbyterian Church is just around the corner – or through the woods – from St Paul’s. Centering Prayer practitioners sit in silence for 20 minutes with the intention to open their hearts and minds to God, to rest in God, to deepen their relationship with God. After the Centering time, the group participates in Lectio Divina, book study or discussions of videos for 30-45 minutes.  Come and join us!

Contact: Martha Waters, Martha.wtrs@gmail.com

Cursillo

Cursillo

Cursillo is a three-day weekend of Christian refreshment and renewal, sometimes called a short course in Christian living or “Christian Boot Camp.” Bishop Curry said, “Through the Cursillo experience and community countless men and women have come to know our Lord more deeply and profoundly. Through the ministry of the Cursillo community lives have been transformed and disciples of Jesus both formed and renewed. This is a sacred and holy ministry for which I truly give God thanks and praise.”

The next Cursillo weekend is scheduled for:

June 8, 9, 10, 11, 2017 
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church,
Cary, NC

The North Carolina Cursillo website is www.nccursillo.org.

Contact: The Rev. Candy Snively, Candy.Snively@att.net

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EFM) is a four-year course of Bible study that offers readings, discussions, worship, and development in theological reflection. The seminar group consists of 6-10 students and one or more trained mentors. There is a fee for the seminar and materials. St Paul’s does not currently have an EFM group.

Contact: Martha Waters, martha.wtrs@gmail.com or Georgie Gracie, ggracie11@gmail.com.

Julian Gathering

Julian Gathering

julian-of-norwich73x120This small group gathers on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month (9:15 AM in the “Cry Room”, main church building) for contemplative prayer and the study of Julian of Norwich. Julian’s book, The Revelations of Divine Love is often acknowledged as one of the world’s great spiritual classics. Extra copies of the book are available at each meeting. Newcomers are welcome to join the group at any time.

Who was Julian of Norwich? She was a 14th century mystic and author of The Revelations of Divine Love, considered one of the great spiritual classics.

What does a 14th century mystic have to say to 21st century Christians? Her message of God’s enduring, ever-present love continues to offer a timeless message of hope and comfort. Julian’s insights serve as a catalyst for discussions on prayer, faith, gratitude, and other spiritual topics.

Contact: Lanny Wase, lannywase@mac.com, 919-466-9050.

People of all Colors and Cultures Together

People of All Colors and Cultures Together

People of All Colors and Cultures Together (PACCT), meets on first Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room. We will continue our discussion on race relations, and diversity in our community and America. Please join us!

Contact: Andrea Johnson at 919-348-9599

Women's Study Group

Women’s Study Group

The Women’s Study Group is open to women who are interested in reading and discussing literature. We alternate reading fiction and non-fiction each month. Many, but not all, of our selections have spiritual/religious themes. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 12:00 noon to 1:30 in the Bride’s Room. Child care is provided upon request.

Contact: Leah Dail, leahdail@gmail.com