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Episcopal 101

St. John’s is excited to offer a short course introducing the history of Episcopalianism and how our faith is understood and lived today by the Episcopal Church and here at St. John’s Parish. The classes will take place on Sundays, January 12, 19, and 26, in the Lounge immediately after the 9:00 am service and will finish by 11:00 am. Parishioner Tom Hebert will lead the course. While the classes are geared particularly to those who are considering becoming members of our parish, the material covered has proven interesting to many longstanding members and Episcopalians. All are invited to attend.

The first session on January 12th will review the evolution of the Christian Church’s history from the first century until today with emphasis on how the Reformation played out in England and the development of the Anglican/Episcopal traditions that we refer to as the Via Media or “Middle Way.”

The second session on January 19th will explore the primary and defining elements of the practice of Christianity in the Episcopal Church with emphasis on how we seek to live and grow in our experience as Christians through worship, reading scripture, and our ongoing conversation with each other about how to best express this, as reasoning people, in theology and practice.  

The final session on January 26th will review how all of this plays out at St. John’s in terms of our budget, ministries, and areas of outreach. 

Plenty of time will be provided for questions and discussion at each session. There is no required reading, although there are several excellent books on these topics. One that you might consider reading in advance of or alongside this course is Welcome to the Episcopal Church: An Introduction to Its History, Faith, and Worship by Christopher Webber.

If you have questions or plan to attend, please contact the church office at office@stjohnsnorwood.org.