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An Introduction to Episcopalianism and St John’s Norwood Parish
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 St. John’s Parish. The classes will take place on Sundays, May 19, May 26, and June 2, 2019, in the Lounge immediately after the 9 am service and will finish by 11 am. Parishioner Tom Hebert will lead the course. All are invited to attend, whether a newcomer to St John’s and the Episcopal tradition, a cradle Episcopalian new to St John’s, or a parishioner of long standing!
The first session on May 19th 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 May 26th 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 June 2nd 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.