The mission of the St. Thomas Adult Education is to help St. Thomas members grow in their faith and to provide forums where all people can come together to learn about and to discuss spiritual topics. St. Thomas offers a variety of on-going classes and lectures led by clergy, layperson, and guest speakers.
St. Thomas Adult Forum
Sundays following the 9:30am service. All are welcome. Contact Don Liebich 578-8002.
Rectors Bible Study
Thursdays at 12:00 in the Fireside Room. Contact Father Ken Brannon.
Education for Ministry (EFM)
Education for Ministry is a four year college level seminar course designed by the School of Theology of the University of the South (Sewanee) for the education of lay church members. The first two years study the Old and New Testaments and the 3rd and 4th years cover the history of the church, philosophy and theology and what is happening outside the Christian Church. This year the School has reorganized the program using one or more paperback books for each class plus a couple of small books to study as a group. We really appreciate the quality of writing and interesting approach to church history found in our 3rd year source, Christianity, The First Three Thousand Years. The author is professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University and the book has been favorably reviewed and recommended by many publications.
Educational though our reading assignments are, what makes the EfM course distinctive is the guided discussion. In this way we get to better understand ourselves, other members of our group and our church. We develop the language and skills to live well among those with other faiths as well as with our fellow Episcopalians. We learn to look at the world from a theological point of view.
St. Thomas has offered Education for Ministry for nine years. We have eight students in their third year and expect some first year students to join us in September. If you have any questions or wish to join us next year, please contact Linda Bergerson, 726-4846, firstname.lastname@example.org