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.”
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 2012-2013 Program Year is Nothing New Under the Sun? Exploring the Issues from a Multi-Generational Perspective
Lectures and Symposiums
We are excited to offer the Generations Panels this program year. This is a new format for our Sunday Symposiums series: instead of a single speaker giving a lecture, we wanted to engage the expertise of a multigenerational segment of our community. Keep watching this space and your Bellringer for details on each month.
The Generations Panel is a discussion series in which we are inviting St. Mary's people from all life stages to discuss a variety of issues such as Pilgrimage, Church seasons and our experience of them, gender issues in a faith community, and more! We strive to encourage discussions of faith issues in a diverse group. A light lunch will be served. All sessions will be moderated by a moderator and will include significant audience participation.
The next Generations Panel will be held May 12, featuring a discussion of the day and season Pentecost. A light lunch will be served.
Previous panels included:
Pilgrimage and the Faith Journey: How Far Do You Have to Go Before You Come Home?
Questions of Advent: The Christian New Year, the Holiday Season, and You.
The Nicene Creed: Where Did It Come From and What Does it Mean to You?
There's a New Archbishop in Town: Who is Justin Welby?
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+.
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.
This spring, we continue our study of Holy Women, Holy Men
, discussing the scriptures assigned to the various individuals.
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
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.