Blessed Lord, who hast caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, by patience and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life ...
— The Book of Common Prayer, p 184

Learning

The point of classes and learning in a Church is not really to learn more about God but to draw closer to God. One of the gifts given to us by God is that of reason — we delight in using that gift to explore more deeply the mysteries of faith together and to engage science, the arts, music, theology, history, and more to discern how God speaks today.


Mosaic Dinners (Every Wednesday Evening)

A regular midweek gathering for fellowship, prayer, and study and a consistent opportunity for anyone and everyone to come and share the joy of life together and to lend one another hope in the pursuit of uplifting and challenging relationships, sustained in Christ’s love.

The church and Baptistery will be open for Evening Prayer at 5:30pm.  At 6:00pm the Gallery Kitchen will open with simple suppers of soup, bread, and salad, with a minor suggested donation of $3 to $5 (no one will ever be turned away from supper!) From 6:30/45pm to 8:00pm a variety of studies and forums will afford us informal occasions to dialogue and learn from one another.

These Wednesday gatherings are designed for young and old alike; children are always most welcome! And folks are encouraged to bring friends and to come and go as needed.  More information including the upcoming schedule of classes and discussion topics can be found by clicking below.


Sunday Morning Forums and Classes

Sunday mornings offer time for gathering and reflection on a range of topics.  Guest speakers, Bible studies, classes on art, music, theology, and more are all part of the regular Sunday morning rotation.

Early Christian Thought (Sunday at 9:00am October-May)

This discussion group focuses on early Christian thinking about Jesus. Specific areas of interest are Christianity in relation to Rabbinic Judaism and other religious movements of the time, the place of the early Church in Hellenistic society in the Roman Empire, and growth and development of the Church as an institution. A video lecture by some scholar is followed by discussion. The current series of lectures is by professor Bart Ehrman, “Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication.”  This group meets in the La Paz room.

Sunday Morning Forums (Sunday at 10:15)

These forums usually meet in the Murphey Gallery near the fish pond garden).  The schedule, topics, and speakers vary and the full listing may be found by clicking the link below.


Education for Ministry (Tuesday Evenings)

Every baptized person is called to ministry.  The Education for Ministry (EfM) program provides people with the education to deepen their faith through in-depth study, prayer and community. Over the course of four years, EfM offers an opportunity to discover how to respond to the ways God is calling you.

Classes meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., September through May.

Are you looking to enrich your spiritual life and expand your understanding of the fundamentals of our faith? Would you like to be more deeply involved in lay ministry? Do you hunger for a more serious Bible study than the short dip most of us get in Adult forums or Bible study? The EfM program has helped more than 80,000 people like you deepen their knowledge and express their faith in their day-to- day lives. Brochures are available in the back of the church, the newcomer station, and the parish office.  More about the program may be found of the EfM website.  To learn more about EfM at St. Philip’s or to register click below.