Adults

We offer a wide range of diverse opportunities for formation, education and spiritual growth both on Sundays and throughout the week.

Bible Study Offerings

Book Study – The Wisdom of the Beguines: Medieval Women Seeking Independence

Led by The Rev. Mary Davila, Catherine Farley, & Katie Wood

The story of the beguines needs to be told! These faith-filled women began to gather in the Low Countries of Europe in the 12th century, and the last known one died in the 1800/1900s. Beguines were laywomen, not nuns, and they did not live in monasteries. They practiced a remarkable way of living independently, and they were never a religious order or a formalized movement. However, they embraced a visionary spirituality, practiced unusual business acumen, and exhibited a courageous commitment to the poor and sick. 
We will dip into the well of hope and faith embodied by these women, and consider how their lives inspire us today…
How can we be connected to our most vulnerable neighbors when physical contact is limited?
How can women navigate the world with grace and grit?
How can reclaim the simple but profound discipleship of tending to the sick, educating those who have less access to resources, and sharing our faith?
7:30-8:30 p.m. via Zoom
Thursday, Jan. 21
Thursday, Jan. 28
Tuesday, Feb. 2 (The author of the book, Sister Laura Swan, will join us from Oregon for this gathering!)
Catherine Farley
Katie Wood

Bible Works: Tools for Living

Led by The Rev. Jim Adams

Learn more about Bible Works here (link).

Bible Works – Tools for Living

The Rev. Jim Adams is beginning a new, four-week Bible Works series on First Thessalonians Nov. 24. New episodes will be sent to you via email on Tuesdays and you can listen to the full series using the link below:

Sept. 22 – Nov. 17: The Rev. Jim Adams explores Saint Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. Known as one of the most optimistic and encouraging of Paul’s epistles, it was written around 61AD, ironically, from a prison cell. Paul’s faith was deepened during this trying time and his determination to share the Gospel only increased because of his own hardship. He shares with the Christians at Philippi a faith that is robust and joyful, in soaring language that is both realistic and deeply theological.

 

 

Adult Christian Formation

Anchored in Hope: We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6:19)

Each Monday, you will receive an Adult Christian Formation video via email. We have a fabulous slate of speakers who will offer reflections on topics such as faith, environmental justice, wellness, grief, resurrection, and more. The theme for this series is Anchored in Hope: We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6:19).

 

Jan. 11: King’s Ridge – Room for Everyone
Missy Hatley, CASA Senior Director – In August 2019, CASA purchased six acres of land in Raleigh near Wake Medical Center as the future site of the King’s Ridge Apartments. By emulating Charlotte’s Moore Place community, and other nationally recognized supportive housing models, the King’s Ridge project will reduce the number of families and single adults experiencing homelessness in Raleigh and Wake County by 10 percent.

Jan. 18: The Story of St. Ambrose Episcopal Church – Past, Present & Future
The Rev. Jemonde Taylor – As plans to construct a new stadium, office space, businesses, and housing move forward in downtown Raleigh, the potential for increased flooding, and gentrification, increases. What can we do as faith-filled citizens to mitigate the impact of this construction upon the historically Black neighborhood downstream?

Jan. 25: Hope – The Heart of Judaism
Rabbi Jenny Solomon – Rabbi Jenny Solomon will illuminate how hope is expressed in Jewish tradition using examples from the Hebrew Bible, the Holocaust and the founding of the modern state of Israel. For Jews, hope is a theological stance which enables us to endure and to thrive, especially in challenging times. Hope has been among the most adaptive strategies for the Jewish people through time and space and continues to function as the heart of our people’s faith.