Grace and peace to you! The time is coming when we look to the start of the program year and especially to new offerings for our adult formation hour at 9am. I have several exciting things to share with you in the hopes that you will take advantage of them. First, instead of having one-off classes on different topics, we are going to schedule the forum in blocks. Several of those blocks will examine in detail what we do in our liturgy and why we do it. So many times we participate in the liturgy — receiving the Eucharist or reciting the Creed — without thinking about it. And that is part of the gifts of liturgical worship: it is here for us regardless of what we think or feel on a particular day. Sometimes it brings us intensely into God’s presence, and sometimes it washes over us while our minds are on other things. And that’s OK.
This year, I hope we can dig deeper into understanding what we do in the liturgy. In the fall, I am going to teach a four or five week series on the Eucharist, and in the spring I will do the same thing with the Nicene Creed. We will also have a series on prisons, theological responses to incarceration, and the broader implications for a holistic pursuit of social justice. In addition, several other series are still in the planning stages, so stay tuned for more information and a full schedule.
Second, on the second Sunday of each month, we will have an ‘on-ramp’ introductory class in the Thomas Room for newcomers as well as long-time members interested in learning more about basic Anglican topics and happenings at Trinity Church. This class will have four parts, repeating in a cycle throughout the year, so that regardless of when people join our church, they will be integrated into our parish seamlessly.
Finally, look for some regular features in the ePISTLE from our Director of Family Ministries as well as myself. Emily will keep you updated on family ministry topics and on how to share the faith with your children, and I will have a regular “theological word of the week” column.
One way to grow closer to God in Christ is through learning, and I hope you will join me in this adventure of discipleship next fall.
Yours faithfully in Christ,
The Rev. Canon Dr. Kara N. Slade
Associate Rector for Operations and Discipleship