Faith Formation for Adults

Upcoming Free Online Formation Workshops

The Formation Working Group will be offering free workshops online around different Christian education and spiritual formation topics. These workshops are free and require a simple registration through the zoom link. If there is something you would like to see covered by a workshop, please contact Amy Cook, amyc@diocal.org.  

Not Your Grandma’s Bible Study: Biblical Literacy for the Episcopal Church
Thursday, April 16, 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.

We hear scripture each Sunday, but many parishioners have a limited understanding of the bible. Come learn about the latest resources to help foster biblical literacy that are beyond traditional bible study. We will also discuss interpretation and the barriers to learning for many, as well as how to help people fit biblical engagement into busy lives. This workshop is led by Amy Cook, Working Group Head for Faith Formation and was to be offered at the March 7th learning event. Registration HERE.

How to Mark the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in the Middle of a Pandemic
Friday, April 17, 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.

Churches are now worshiping online, and we are all refraining from public meetings and public service projects. However, we can still observe and celebrate Earth day both privately and in our congregations. This workshop, presented by Amy Cook and the Commission on Creation Care, will look at resources for online Earth Day liturgies, education with online groups, and individual practices to mark and celebrate the ideals of Earth Day. We will also discuss ways to look at what we are learning from this pandemic and take those lessons forward for climate justice. Registration HERE

Spiritual Practices for Vestries & Other Groups
Thursday, April 23, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. 

This workshop will explore how to add spiritual practices into our church meetings beyond an opening prayer. Participants will learn many kinds of practices to center and focus a meeting as well as allowing room for the Spirit to work.  We will also talk about discernment as a regular practice for decision making or for finding the right people for specific roles or ministries in the community. This workshop is led by Amy Cook, Working Group Head for Faith Formation and was to be offered at the March 7thlearning event. Register HERE.

Mini Retreat on Christina Rossetti
Monday, April 27, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

April 27th is the day the Episcopal Church remembers the poet Christina Rossetti in “A Great Cloud of Witnesses: A Calendar of Commemorations”.  She is remembered for many poems, including In the bleak midwinter, one of our most beloved Christmas carols. However, over half of her work is devotional in nature and reflects her deep faith and the influence of the Oxford Movement.  Join me online to remember her life and ponder the role of the arts in the church. Led by Amy Cook. Register HERE.

 

 
Other Diocesan resources for supporting Christian faith formation among adults include:

EfM (Education for Ministry) is a comprehensive multi-year educational program for adult Christian formation. Contact diocesan EfM Coordinator Roberta Sautter at nixile@earthlink.net for more information about local EfM groups.

LifeCycles: The Diocese of California is also proud to be a partner with LeaderResources to make the LifeCycles comprehensive adult formation program available for free. Similar in scope to the EfM curriculum, it is designed to be delivered in flexible six-unit adult study modules which cover the basics of scriptures, church history, theology, and spirituality.

Cursillo is a weekend immersion in Christian spirituality and community, which is offered several times a year in varied locations. All who wish to deepen their Christian understanding and commitment are welcome.

Eucharistic Ministry and Visiting training is powerful Christian formation for meaningful lay ministries. Face to face training is offered several times a year in various locations around the diocese; 6-8 weeks of advance preparation using downloadable workbooks is a prerequisite for the on-site training.

Other good curriculum resources for adults can be found here or by visiting the Episcopal Resource Center.

For more resources about adult Christian Formation, contact Amy Cook, amyc@diocal.org