adult education

expand your knowledge with us

Adult formation at St. John’s includes adult forums offered on Sundays at 9:00 am, book discussion groups throughout the year, inquiries classes, advent book studies, and Lenten midweek programs.

  • Adult Forums have included guest speakers on current topics where faith is discovered in the secular; video series offered through The Episcopal Church such as “The Way of Love”; a video series entitled “The Story”; Report of the Annual Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, Report of The General Convention.
  • Book Studies have included Debby Irving’s Waking Up White; The Pilgrim Series: A Course for the Journey—a series from the Church of England; other courses from the same series covered The Eucharist and Church and Kingdom; Rachel Held Evans’ Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again.
  • Lenten Series have included speakers from the Connecticut Council of Interreligious Understanding, a local Rabbi speaking about anti-Semitism, planned lay and ordained Episcopal speakers on racial healing, justice, and reconciliation, speaker on religious architecture.
  • During Advent, parishioners were invited to write a reflection for the Season of Advent based on Holy Scripture. These reflections were offered daily via the St. John’s electronic news.
  • Men’s Gook Discussion Group, on Saturday mornings, this group gathers to discuss various books they have selected to deepen their spiritual journey with authors like Henri Nouwen. They gather to build community, support one another in faith and learn from their books and each other.
  • Inquirers’ Class, held periodically through the year for those interested in formally joining the Episcopal Church or wanting to know more about the Episcopal tradition. Discussion includes familiarity with The Book of Common Prayer, important history of the Episcopal Church, our governance, our liturgy, and what makes us unique in our Christian faith as Episcopalians who are part of the wider Anglican Communion.

September and October

Parish Hall  |  9:00am – 10:00am

saint johns bible university

SEPTEMBER 13

TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY BEGINS

A Journey Through the Saint John’s Bible Illuminations. This class will be from 10:30-11:30 AM in the Parish Hall.

SEPTEMBER 17

VISIO DIVINA

Visio Divina is a spiritual practice that uses art, images from The Saint John’s Bible, in this instance, as a means of connecting with God on a deeply profound level. St. John’s will be open for Visio Divina on the third Saturday of each month from 12:30-3 PM beginning on September 17th. Art and journaling supplies will be available or feel free to bring your own. Everyone is welcome!

OCTOBER 1

JOIN TIM TERNES, DIRECTOR OF THE SAINT JOHN’S BIBLE, FOR A HALF-DAY RETREAT

Make new discoveries as we open ourselves to the illuminated Bible and how it speaks to each of us.

Since 2010, Tim Ternes has served as the Director for The Saint John’s Bible, the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine Abbey in more than 500 years. In his role, Tim Ternes works closely with students and faculty in the history, theology and art departments at the College of Saint Benedict-Saint John’s University, oversees the Bible touring exhibitions, and curates the on-campus exhibition program for the College’s rare book and art collections. He travels extensively throughout the country, offering educational programs for The Saint John’s Bible collection, and we are thrilled that he agreed to lead us in spiritual retreat.

Renew your spirit and expand your understanding as we take a deep dive into The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Edition – Gospel and Acts Volume. During the retreat, Tim will offer examples of the many ways the Holy Spirit inspired Donald Jackson, his team of artists and Saint John’s Abbey to create The Saint John’s Bible. He will share fascinating stories of the theology and history underlying its art and calligraphy. Take time away from your busy schedule to study Scripture, in both word and art form, as we undertake together the ancient practice of Visio Divina. Join in fellowship as we gather together around the Bible, sharing our perspectives and just being with each other.

As we get closer, be on the lookout for a detailed agenda, including logistics, meals and registration information. Attendance may be limited, please contact the parish office for more information.

OCTOBER 2

FROM INSPIRATION TO ILLUMINATION AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SAINT JOHN’S BIBLE 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 9-10 AM, PARISH HALL

Tim Ternes is the Director of The Saint John’s Bible at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Collegeville, Minnesota. Tim worked closely with the artistic team in the creation of the original works and facilitated planning and communication between artists and commissioner. This gives him extensive behind-the-scenes knowledge and great stories about all aspects of the project. Tim will introduce guests to the story behind the making of The Saint John’s Bible, and explore the tools, methods, and materials used in the creating the Bible’s original folios. You will be encouraged to stretch your own spiritual imagination as you and Tim explore several illuminations from the project.