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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 Fall 2014 Series:
Living with Scripture
7:00 – 8:30 PM in the parish hall


In this series of talks, facilitated by Loren Crow and Jonathan Seidel with guest appearances by others as noted, we will look at seven important contemporary concerns through the lenses of biblical stories and their application by later thinkers to their own times.

Join us for any or all of the classes. Childcare will be available.
October 9th: Eden and Its Aftermath: Civilization and Its Drawbacks
October 16th: Moses and Monotheism: How Freud read the Torah (Pam Birrell)
October 23rd: The binding of Isaac: Kierkegaard’s reading of the Genesis story (Mick Bollenbaugh)
October 30th: Magic, Ghosts, and Monsters in the Bible
November 6th: Joshua and the Land of Israel: Ethnicity and Manifest Destiny
November 13th: Jeremiah and Nebuchadnezzar: On Political Loyalty and Treason
November 20th: Esther and Ezra: religious identity and nationalism


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 interim 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.



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+ on first Thursdays from September through June. The group meets from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM in the Guild Room. The November Rector's Bible Study has been cancelled due to the Adult Education series.




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