Adult Christian Formation

Holy Ground: Loving God, our Neighbor, and Creation

This is the theme for our 2019-2020 Adult Christian Formation (Sunday School) program year. We hope you will join us on Sunday mornings at 10:10 a.m. Download a list of our fall speakers here (link).

Nov. 3 & 10 –  Parish Hall – The  Rev. Jenny Brown & Art Ross – Finishing Well

Art Ross and The Rev. Jenny Brown will lead the second part of two “Finishing Well” sessions aimed at equipping you for the following important life task: facing your mortality with faith, freedom and friends. Join us for storytelling, meaning-making, and the distribution of our new parish resource: The Finishing Well booklet, prepared with love and care by a dedicated committee of folks from Christ Church.

Nov. 17 – Parish Hall – Jocelyn Burney – New Discoveries from the Ancient Synagoge at Huqoq, Israel

Jocelyn Burney, an archeology professor in the religion department at UNC Chapel Hill, will be with us to discuss, “New Discoveries from the Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq, Israel.” This presentation will focus on exciting new discoveries from the 5th century CE synagogue at Huqoq, Israel, which has been excavated by scholars and students from UNC Chapel Hill since 2011.

Nov. 17 & 24 – All Saints’ Room 128 – The Rev. Jenny Brown – Holy Envy Book Study

This is a four-part book study series. You can learn more about Jenny’s class here (link).

Nov. 24 – Parish Hall – Dr. Ray Barfield – Duke Pediatric Oncology & Duke Divinity School

Dr. Ray Barfield is a pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician who joined the faculties of both Duke Medical School and Duke Divinity School in 2008. Dr. Barfield combines his role of healer and comforter as a physician with his background in theology, morality and Christian philosophy to provide an unique and thought-provoking perspective on our adult formation theme:  Holy Ground: Loving God, Our Neighbor, and Creation. 

Oct. 6 – Linda Bourne & Karin Mills – Sustainability: Moving Toward Zero Waste

Linda Bourne & Karin Mills of Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill will be with us this morning to discuss, “Sustainability: Moving Toward Zero Waste.” They’ll share about waste reduction and composting as paths to loving our neighbor and caring for God’s creation.

Oct. 13 – Parish Hall – Dr. Dudley Flood & Chad Griffith – The YMCA of the Triangle’s New Community Partnership in Southeast Raleigh

Long-time Southeast Raleigh Resident, current Southeast Raleigh YMCA Advisory Board Member, and nationally recognized educator and speaker Dr. Dudley Flood with us to talk about the impactful work that is being done by the YMCA in Southeast Raleigh at the new “Beacon Site” – which is a 32 acre site project on Rock Quarry Road that includes a state of the are YMCA facility with an Outdoor Pool and Sports Fields, the new SE Raleigh Elementary School, over 120 affordable housing units provided by DHIC, and additional value added development yet to come.

Oct. 13 – Room 128 – Mike and Kim Miller – Hope of Jesus Children’s Home Honduras

Mike and Kim Miller will be with us this Sunday to discuss the Hope for Jesus Children’s Home – which is a ministry in Honduras that provides education and daily care for orphaned and vulnerable children.

Oct. 20 – Parish Hall – Alice Lutz, CEO of Triangle Family Services, and Clark’s Promise Street Outreach Ministry – Clark’s Promise Homeless Ministry: Street Outreach

Alice Lutz, the executive director of Triangle Family Services, will provide an overview of the street outreach program funded by Clark’s Promise. She will be joined by Seaira Green, the program manager, and Tammy Mauldin, the direct engagement specialist, who will share “feet on the street” stories about how this ministry of compassion is helping individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Oct. 20 – Room 128 – The Rev. Jenny Brown – “Holy Envy” Book Study (Part 1)

See more details about the Book Study here.

Oct. 27 – Parish Hall – Christ Church Youth – Belize Mission Trip June 2019

Oct. 27 – Room 128 – The Rev. Jenny Brown – “Holy Envy” Book Study (Part 2)

See more details about the Book Study here.

Sept. 8 – The Rev. Jim Adams – “Take off your shoes, Moses”

The Rev. Jim Adams will kick off our first program of the year in the Parish Hall at 10:10 a.m. For those of us who seek deeper meaning in our lives and a closer walk with God, developing eyes to see the holy right where we are, is essential. Beginning with the story of Moses’ encounter with God in the burning bush, as it’s told in the Book of Exodus, Jim will lead an exploration of how we might tune our senses to the presence of the sacred in particular places and relationships.

Look & See film
Handout from Jim’s class (PDF)

Sept. 15 & 22 – The Rev. Mary Davila – The Holy Ground of Prayer

Listen to Mary’s class from Sept. 15 – 

The Rev. Mary Davila will guide us through a two-week series on Prayer as Holy Ground. Prayer is at the heart of the Christian faith and practice, and yet, like the disciples, many of us don’t know how – or what – or with what hope and expectation – we pray. Join us as we explore scripture and the Book of Common Prayer as our primary guides and hear from our clergy and parishioners about their life of prayer.

Butler Bass, Diana. Grateful. Harper One: New York, 2018.
Lamott, Anne. Help, Thanks, Wow. Riverhead: New York, 2012.
Thibodeaux, Mark, SJ. Reimagining the Ignatian Examen. Loyola Press: Chicago, 2015.
The Book of Common Prayer

Articles Cited
Gellman, Marc. “Always Remember to Give Thanks for your Blessings.”

Additional Links
A short video about this series from Mary (link)
Pray as You Go podcast
Richard Rohr’s Meditations
The Daily Office and Reflection from Forward Movement

Sept. 29 – Dennis de Jong – “Singing to God with Gratitude in your Hearts”

Dennis de Jong will consider two verses of scripture that create a Godly context for the work of the Community Music School in Raleigh – Jeremiah 17:8, and Colossians 3:16. Music gives us a glimpse of heaven on earth, and it is through a loving God that we can share our own gifts as we lift up our neighbors. Dennis’ presentation will focus on finding ways to best live out our specific purpose in our communities. Learn more about the Community Music School.