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

Winter Series: Women in Scripture

In the season after Epiphany, join the clergy as we explore the stories of women in Scripture. How are we to receive their witness in the life of the Jewish and Christian traditions? What might their stories teach us about God’s work in the world?

1/6/19 – Ruth (the Rev. Javier Almendarez-Bautista)

1/13/19 – Esther (the Rev. J. Carr Holland)

1/20/19 – Mary (the Rev. George Adamik)

Nurturing Faith:  From Childhood to Adulthood

During Advent, we will be looking at readings often overlooked in the lectionary: the psalms and songs of Scripture. Written over hundreds of years — over times as prosperity as well as times of destruction, displacement, and exile — these texts express Israel’s longing for justice, hope, and redemption in a troubled and unpredictable world.

What do these songs of hope and longing have to teach us in these turbulent times? On Sunday mornings in Advent, join the clergy of St. Paul’s as we explore these texts and discern how Christ’s redemption is being made manifest among us, even today.

2/3/19, Stages of Faith Development, taught by Rev. J. Carr Holland, III.  This forum will explore how we grow in faith throughout our various life stages.

2/10/19, Parenting Through the Stages, taught by Rev. J. Carr Holland, III.  This forum will explore how parents can actively assist children in maturing their faith.

2/17/19, Finding God in Everyday Life:  Celtic Spirituality, taught by Lanny Wase.  This forum will explore the rich Celtic spiritual tradition and some tools it provides for those who wish to deepen their faith.

2/24/19, Young Adults and Faith, taught by Dr. Sam Laurent (Episcopal Campus Minister, Duke University). Dr. Laurent will explore various ways that faith is nurtured in older teens and young adults.

3/3/19, Finding God in Everyday Life:  Spiritual Direction, taught by Carolyn Edge, Spiritual Director.  Carolyn Edge, an experienced spiritual director, will discuss the art and practice of seeking God in our day-to-day lives.

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

Spiritual Practices

The Spiritual Practices sessions will guide us through the basics of seven spiritual practices. Presenters, including Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, and Doug Pagitt, will bring their years of experience and education. More importantly, they also bring their questions, wonderings, and stories of seeking out meaningful faith experiences through ancient spiritual practices.

Each session will begin with a short video to introduce the subject and open areas of discussion, giving participants a chance to encounter a variety of ideas and practices and find what is most compelling. The sessions are stand-alone, so join us as you are able.

  • Jan. 9 | Prayer (Brian McLaren)
  • Jan. 16 | Food (Sara Miles)
  • Jan. 23 | Worship (Mike Slaughter)
  • Jan. 30 | Sacraments (Phyllis Tickle)
  • Feb. 6 | Money (Shane Claiborne)
  • Feb. 13 | Service (Enuma Okoro)
  • Feb. 20 | Community (Doug Pagitt)
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