New Formation Opportunities For Adults
The Exploration of Prayer Group
even “maybe,” a new group is forming at St John’s that should be a great help. Its purpose is to explore a variety of prayer forms together and to offer support for one another, along with a bit of
often-needed accountability. The primary book we’ll be using as a guide is The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in Daily Life, by Fr.
Kevin O’Brien, SJ. For almost 500 years myriads of people have come to believe that there is no better guide than St. Ignatius Loyola if you desire to discover how faith and everyday life can
thrive together. Fr. James Martin, SJ, (author of My Life with the Saints ) has this to say about The Ignatian Adventure: “This beautifully written book will change the way you pray, the way you
experience God, and the way you live.” Although this quote might seem like the usual untrustworthy product endorsement, it is not. Why not give it a try?
Discernment of Spirits: An Ignation Guide for Everyday Living, Fr. Timothy Gallagher (Advent)
Welcome to Sunday, by Christopher Webber (Lent, 2023)
Two books by Amy-Jill Levine, a Jewish theologian who has devoted her career to the study of early Christianity and the New Testament. Both book discussions will be led by Barbara Clarke, who is a retired Episcopal priest.
Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven (Epiphany)
Matthew 5-7, contains some of Jesus’ most profound and most memorable teachings. What might these teachings have meant to his disciples, and to the others who first heard them? How do they enhance our reading of the rest of the Gospel of Matthew, and how do they speak across the centuries to listeners today? How, if we pay careful attention to his words, does Jesus provide us a road map to living as God would have us live? We will be using the book, Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven, by Amy-Jill Levine. Dr. Levine is a Jewish theologian who has made her life’s work the study of Christian Scripture. She maintains that one can get a fuller understanding of what Jesus said if we consider Jesus’ Jewish context. Dr. Levine introduces the major topics in the Sermon on the Mount, explains historical and theological contexts, and shows how the words of Jesus echo his Jewish tradition and speak forward to reach hearts and minds today. This book provides a rich and challenging learning experience. This six-week course will run (on Zoom) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30, starting Tuesday, January 10th,
and continuing on January 17th, 24th, & 31st, and February 7th 14th. A password protected link will be provided to those who sign up. For questions or to sign up, email: Barbara Clarke+
The Difficult Words of Jesus (Lent)