Adult Education

Sundays 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

The Adult Forum at St. James is an informal but focused opportunity to explore, question and better understand Christian practice today. We’re known to study Scripture, doctrine, and church history; learn from neighbors of other faiths; and struggle with questions of justice and love. We usually start with something familiar in church tradition, then poke and probe it for meaning and relevance in our daily lives. 

Coffee and treats are part of the curriculum. A discussion leader guides the always spirited conversation, but the model is to learn from each other — which will work even better if you take part!

The Forum meets from 9:30-10:25  in the Gallery on most Sunday mornings.

Education for all at St. James

At St. James we believe that the aim of Christian formation is for the Church to be the family of God’s community that nurtures its members in the Gospel story, which explains our understanding of the world, our identity in it, and the way of life we are to lead in it.

We stand with the 3rd Century theologian Tertullian, who said, “Christians are made, not born.” Christianity is a way of life, the life of the baptized. As such it is an on-going, lifelong pursuit. Christian formation is critical reflection on what we participate in and practice, on our thoughts, feelings, actions, and experiences in the light of the Gospel and the life of faith.

This means learning about the Bible, about Christian theology and ethics, about the spiritual life, and about Christian service and ministry. It also includes learning the skills of biblical interpretation, theological thinking, ethical decision-making, the discernment of God’s will and ways of prayer. In our Anglican tradition, Scripture, tradition, and reason all inform this process.

The intent behind this work is to produce transformation, to aid us to reform and renew our personal and communal lives, to bring them into line with more Christ-like lives. This task is as much communal as it is individual, insomuch as the whole life of the congregation forms Christians in either positive or negative ways. We “teach” and we “learn” in everything we do together.

“You are never too old to learn or too young to teach.”

Join us as we explore together our life in Christ.