Adult Formation Ministries

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.    Col 2:6-7

Sunday Morning Forum

Sunday Morning Adult Forum, 9:10-10 am in Founders Hall

September 29 - October 13: Discovering God's Economy

Our word “economy” comes from the Greek word for “household.” While we might think of an economy as a big system of banks and corporations and jobs and trade, in the original sense of the word, it referred to the way we care for each other in community. When Jesus talks about the Kingdom of Heaven, he’s often talking about an alternative economy, one grounded in God’s love. In God’s economy, we enjoy rich fellowship at the same time as we provide for one another’s needs. In this upcoming adult education series, Steven Tomlinson will be leading a tour of what the New Testament teaches us about God’s economy and how we can start practicing it here and now. 

October 20 - November 3: What Language Shall I Borrow? Liturgy, Language, Culture

One of the verses of that classic hymn, O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded, poignantly asks, "What language shall I borrow to thank thee dearest friend?" It is difficult to wrap language around the mystery of God's giving of God's self for us. No words are sufficient, and yet the Spirit calls forth our voices. How does our liturgy (the words we use to speak to and of God) speak to people from different cultures, different backgrounds, different paths? The Rev. Eileen O'Brien will facilitate this conversation with some special guests who are taking on this question from different vantage points. This is a critical conversation for the St. James' community as we explore what it means to be multicultural and inclusive.

Young Adult Group on Wednesdays

The Young Adults Group meets on Wednesday nights, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Narthex. Childcare is provided, and dinner is always on the table. ​ For more information about Young Adult life at St. James' contact Becca Andrew at beccaelewis@gmail.com.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

People face the difficult and often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church's faith in a complex and confusing world. EfM is a unique four-year certificate program in theological education created by The Beecken School of Theology at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. In a one-room schoolhouse model, about ten of your fellow St. Jamesians meet weekly for theological study and discussion. You can learn more about the curriculum at http://efm.sewanee.edu. As you might expect, our group also adds a good bit of St. James’ unique flavor to the recipe.

The Monday and Wednesday night groups open for enrollment in Summer 2020.  For more information contact, De Sellers (desellerslpc@gmail.com).

Thursday Theological Reading Group

The Thursday Theological Reading group meets on Thursdays, 9:30-11:00 am at Central Market at 4001 N Lamar Blvd, 78756.  Currently, the group is reading and discussing Elaine Pagels' book, Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas.

Phenomenal Women

Phenomenal Women meets monthly on second Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, in parishioners' homes.  Don't let the "Phenomenal" part scare you away; we are ordinary as well. Our gatherings involve a potluck supper, discussion, and lots of fellowship. Topics vary. For questions, location (different each month), or if you would like to be added to the e-mail list for reminders, please contact Tricia Wilson at  tj2wilson91@gmail.com.

St. James’ Book Club: Novel Theology

Join Claire Colombo and Jason Myers for Novel Theology, beginning Sunday, October 27, 4-5:30 pm. We will gather about once a month for thoughtful, challenging conversations about the ways God is revealed through works of great literature. Our first novel will be Beloved by Toni Morrison.  On Sunday, December 8, the discussion continues with Oscar Hijuelos' book, Mr. Ives' Christmas.