Sunday School Programs
We have an active Sunday School program. Please click on the link to the left for details.
The mission of the Adult Education Committee is to provide adults at St. Mary's the opportunity “to extend our knowledge and deepen our faith.” We work to create a balance of topics dealing with Biblical teaching, Spirituality in everyday living, Episcopal tradition, and Social Justice issues.
Each year the Adult Education Committee puts together spiritual education programs for adults. We strongly believe that our faith and our intellect are both essential to who we are as people of Christ and as a community of faith. Our adult education program begins in the fall, with special events and programs in Advent and Lent. Unique panels, symposiums, lectures, and one-time events continue throughout the year. We strive to cover a variety of topics from biblical studies to application of the Christian faith in our daily lives.
The theme for the 2013-2014 Program Year is Renewal and Reflection
. We are planning a class in the late spring, and will build a cohort of other fellow people on their journey.
Adult Pilgrimage and Field Trips
Beginning in October, we begin the process of our adult Pilgrimage. The class will meet throughout the program year to grow in faith and explore our questions, culminating in a multi-day pilgrimage within the U.S.A. to a large city to explore our faith in action in the world around us.
The next field trip will be to Mount Angel and will occur in late Spring, 2014. Watch this space for more details.
Fall Special Event and Series
Cool Congregations sponsors a viewing of the film Renewal
which explores a number of different faith groups and their reactions to environmental crises. Following the film, they will invite attendees to connect in a series of covenant groups which will be organized around different issues. Whether you want to commit to changing your driving habits, explore what the Bible says about how we care for our planet, learn to cook more sustainably, or explore another issue, there will be unique groups formed for your interests.
Lectures and Symposiums
Second Sunday Symposiums begin in October. Watch for a list of upcoming speakers and topics.
December: Questions of Advent: The Christian New Year, the Holiday Season, and You.
February: Criminal Justice with the Rev. Deacon Tom English. Deacon Tom serves as a chaplain to the prison population in Eugene. He will discuss reparative justice's effects on a person's faith and the criminal justice system. He will also explore justice from the perspective of one who works with the incarcerated.
Spring Series: Living Profoundly
Beginning in January, join us for an in-depth look at several important theologians. This series will teach you to think theologically, break down a theologian's work to understand what they were saying, and explore theological constructs presented within.
This year's Lenten Series will be based on The Last Week by Dominic Crossan. This book was shared with us during a Sunday Symposium last year, and traces each of the last days of Jesus' earthly life. We will share a meal, read, reflect, and prepare for Easter.
Brown Bag Bible Study
Brown Bag Bible Study is held each Tuesday, with a brown-bag lunch from 12:00-12:15. Bible study starts promptly at 12:15 and concludes no later than 1PM. We invite you to bring your own resources to contribute to the gathering. We use a mixture of hard copy and electronic resources. Please see Betsy+ if you'd like more information.
We continue our study of Holy Women, Holy Men
, discussing the scriptures assigned to the various individuals.
Each month, we invite a community member who is active on a social justice issue to have lunch with us and discuss their activism and faith. On September 17th, we welcomed Victoria Smithweiland, who discussed the end of DOMA, her work with Basic Rights Oregon, and her life as an Episcopalian.
Bible Study for Parents of Young Children
(pre-school age & younger)
Join us for Bible Study on Friday mornings from 10:00 - 11:30 AM. We talk about Scripture and faith and parenting young kids. We will meet in the nursery so that we can meet while our children play. This is a great opportunity for education and fellowship. Questions? Contact Christy Forrest or Bingham+.
The Rector's Bible Study
This Bible Study grew out of the session at a Confirmation class. Journey through the Bible with Bingham+ on first Thursdays, beginning in October until June. In January, the study will be on the second Thursday.
Lectionary Study: A Scripture Study Group
Each Friday morning at 10:17 AM, a small group meets in the Guild Room to study the scripture lessons for the coming Sunday.
Deacon Nancy Muhlheim coordinates this group, which is self-led. We read the lessons for the coming Sunday and discuss their meaning to us in our lives today. We consult commentaries and read the footnotes in different translations of Holy Scripture when necessary to enhance our understanding of the intention of the original writers, however our focus is making the scripture come alive for us today.
The group is open to everyone and there is no advance preparation or homework. Spontaneity is emphasized and no prior knowledge of scripture or theology is expected or necessary.
Episcopal Campus Ministry
The Episcopal Campus Ministry (ECM) serves Episcopal college students in the Eugene-Springfield area. For more information about this ministry and its activities, check out the ECM website: www.uoecm.org
. The campus chaplain is the Rev. Doug Hale.