St. Paul’s offers a wide range of opportunities for adult formation (adult education and spiritual growth). Please refer to the home page for additional offerings and activities.

đź—“ All Are Welcome: Belonging in the Christian Community (Fall 2021)

On Sundays this Fall (10:15–11:00 a.m.) in the sanctuary, join us for conversations about what it means for us to be members of the Beloved Community.

Think of it as a 101 course about the church universal—what it means for us to belong to one another and commit to welcoming the stranger into our midst. As we engage these conversations, we are excited to welcome Laura Steed-Lorino, the Executive Director of L’Arche North Carolina: an inclusive community in formation where adults with and without intellectual disabilities share life and friendships.

Participants may attend this lecture series in-person or view it live online. Masking is required for all indoors at St. Paul’s, and all gatherings will take place in accordance with existing local and diocesan pandemic guidelines. Please refer to the Looking Ahead page on our website for more information.

If you would like to view this lecture series online, please register ahead of time here.

DateTopicPresenter
10/10/21Episcopal 101: What Is the Episcopal Church?The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista
10/17/21L’Arche: A Community of Belonging for People with and Without DisabilitiesLaura Steed-Lorino, Executive Director, L’Arche NC
10/24/21Episcopal 102: What does it mean to belong to the Episcopal Church?The Rev. George Adamik
10/31/21Episcopal 103: The Practice of Belonging in ScriptureThe Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista
11/7/21Episcopal 104: The Diocese of North Carolina (Bishop’s Forum)The Rt. Rev. Sam Rodman

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đź—“ Living into Easter Hope (Spring 2021)

On Sundays during the Easter Season (10:15–11:15 a.m.), join us for conversations about hope: by reaching into our rich tradition of worship and Scripture, we will explore the ways that we witness to Easter Resurrection in daily life. We will also welcome Carey Phelps of Family Promise for a conversation about what new hope looks like for those who struggle to find safe housing in Wake County.

DateTopicPresenter
4/18/21From Scarcity to Abundance: The Book of RuthThe Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista
4/25/21The Words We Say, the Roles we Play: Eucharistic PrayersThe Rev. George Adamik
5/2/21Family Promise: Helping Families Find Safe, Affordable, Permanent HousingCarey Phelps, Development & Volunteer Manager, Family Promise
5/9/21The Words We Say, the Roles we Play: Prayers of the PeopleThe Rev. George Adamik
5/16/21The Words We Say, the Roles we Play: Clergy and LaityThe Rev. George Adamik

đź—“ Building Bridges, Living Into Our Baptismal Promises (Lent 2021)

On Sundays in Lent (10:15–11:15 a.m.), join us for a forum series on the relationship between our worship life and what we do beyond church walls. You will only need to register once in order to attend any or all the sessions.

DateTopicPresenter
2/21/21What Is the Baptismal Covenant?The Rev. George Adamik
2/28/21Liturgy and the Moral LifeThe Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista
3/7/21Dorcas Ministries: Responding to a World in NeedThe Rev. Dr. Rose Cornelius, Development Director, Dorcas Ministries
3/14/21The Legacy of the Black Church in the Diocese of North CarolinaThe Rev. Kathy Walker, Missioner for Black Ministries, Episcopal Diocese of NC
3/21/21The Liturgical Year in the Jewish TraditionRabbi Ariel Edery, Beth Shalom, Wake County

đź—“ Preparing the Way: Meeting Jesus Anew (Winter 2021)

On Sunday mornings in the season after Epiphany (10:15 – 11:15 a.m.), join St. Paul’s clergy for a forum series on the identity of the one in whom we place our faith: who is Jesus, the one called Christ? What does it mean to follow in his steps? You will only need to register once in order to attend any or all of the three sessions.

DateTopicPresenter
1/10/21The History of Christ (Part 1)The Rev. George Adamik
1/17/21The History of Christ (Part 2)The Rev. George Adamik
1/24/21Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark: An IntroductionThe Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista
2/7/21Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark (Part 2)The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista
2/14/21Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark (Part 3)The Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista

Advent Series: Contemplation, Hope, and Joyful Expectation (Advent 2020)

DateTopicPresenter
12/6/20Making Room: the Contemplative Life in AdventThe Rev. George Adamik
12/13/20Awakening Hope: Spiritual Disciplines in Times of UncertaintyThe Rev. Javier Almendárez-Bautista
12/20/20Tidings of Comfort and Joy: Living a Life of Joyful ExpectationThe Rev. J. Carr Holland

Between the Times: Being God’s People in a Fragile World (Fall 2020)

Recordings of the following classes from our Fall 2020 series are available on YouTube.

DateTopicPresenter
9/13/20Anxiety in the Midst of the Pandemic (video)Phillip M Bass, MDiv, ThM, MA, LCMHC, NCC
9/20/20Seek the City’s Welfare: Jeremiah (video)The Rev. Javier Almendarez-Bautista
9/27/20Resilience – Childhood Trauma/Prevention/Hope (video)St. Paul’s Resilience Ministry
10/4/20Seek the City’s Welfare: Jeremiah (Part II) (video)The Rev. Javier Almendarez-Bautista
10/11/20Sing Us the Songs of Zion: The Psalms in Exile (video)The Rev. George Adamik
10/18/20Sing Us the Songs of Zion: The Psalms in Exile (Part II) (video)The Rev. George Adamik
10/25/20Faithful Citizenship: Where Do We Go From Here (video)The Rev. Javier Almendarez-Bautista & Aleta McClenney
11/1/20Conversation with Our Bishop SuffraganThe Rt. Rev. Anne Hodges-Copple
11/8/20St. Paul’s Parish MeetingRegister for this special event here
11/15/20Moving Forward: The Liturgical Year in a Fragile WorldThe Rev. George Adamik
11/22/20
11/29/20
THANKSGIVING BREAKNew forum series begins on December 6


Adult Formation Ministries

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 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:  Joyce Loughlin, loughlin1@mindspring.com