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Education

Sunday School Programs We have an active Sunday School program. Please click on the link to the left for details.



Adult Education

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, one-time events, and field trips 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.

To learn more about St. Mary's Adult Education offerings or to continue discussion started in class, please join our Adult Ed Facebook group.

Our Lenten Program:
Lord, who do You say that I AM?

Tuesdays (February 24th through March 17th) 5:30-7:00 PM
Eucharist - 5:30 PM
Common Meal - 5:50 PM (March 3rd Menu: Lebanese Lentil Soup with Flat Bread)
Formations Offerings for Adults & Children - 6:15 PM
Join us for any or all of the above portions of the evening!
Nursery care will also be provided during the formation offerings.

The central theme of Mark’s gospel is developed by Jesus’ question to his disciples: “Who do people say that I am?” (Mark 8:27) and the various responses it elicits. This Lent, we will explore how the question of Jesus’ identity calls us to ask about our own spiritual identity and life journey—an identity and journey that is formed and molded in relationship to God, Christ, one another and all of creation. For four weeks we are gathering as a celebrating, searching, and questioning community.

Formation Opportunities:
Cooking Bread Not Stone: An exploration of baking designed to integrate your nutritional needs and your spiritual hunger.
Spiritual EcologyThe Body of God (offered by the Cool Congregation group): In this series we will reflect on our Eucharistic transformation and living the oneness of God's creation. Each Eucharist transforms us into oneness with God and all creation. But we don't do this just once. We are never permanently transformed but are challenged continuously to repeat this transformation as best we can.
Art Picture Worth a Thousand Words: Explore the art of mandala making and create a snapshot of your sacred landscape that will help you map your journey.
Contemplative ReflectionCalled and Chosen: Discuss with others the journey to authentic self-expression in the work place, personal life, and your charting of the future journey and explore contemplative and guided walking on your unique life path.
Children’s Program - A Child of God: All children are welcome to join us for a program that will include crafts and Bible stories.

Even though the program has already started, you can still join us! Choose two of the above programs, one for weeks 1 and 2 and another for weeks 3 and 4. Sign up at the table under the glass display case outside the Guild Room.



Brown Bag Bible Study
Tuesdays 12:15-1:00 PM

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 1:00 PM. We invite you to bring your own resources to contribute to the gathering. We use a mixture of hard copy and electronic resources.



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.



Itty Bitty Bible Study (formerly Bible Study for Parents of Young Children)
For parents and their children, preschool age and younger
Tuesdays 9:30-11:00 AM

Join us for Bible Study on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 - 11:00 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+.



Lectionary Study: A Scripture Study Group
Fridays at 10:17 AM


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.



LOGOS: The Word (formerly The Rector's Bible Study)
First Thursdays September through June, 7:00-8:30 PM


This Bible Study grew out of the session at a Confirmation class. Journey through the Bible with Bingham+ and Brad+ on first Thursdays from September through June. The group meets from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Guild Room.



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