Adult Christian Formation

Sunday Forum

Sunday Forum is a weekly program with knowledgeable speakers addressing issues we face as Christians. Some speakers are from our church family; others are outside experts brought in to shed light on the opportunities and challenges we face as people of faith in today’s world.

We strive to be a resource both for our own members and for the Annapolis community at-large. All presentations are open to the public and free of charge.  Previous speakers and topics include Dr. Melissa Deckman, The Growing Secularization of Amereicans and what it Means for Political Life; Mr. Ted Hall, What Does it Mean to Live a Sustainable Life?; The Rev. Dr. James Farwell,The Liturgy Explained; and Dr. Michael Gorman, Cruciform Spirituality. 

Location

Sunday Forums are presented in the St. Anne’s Parish House Parish Hall, located at 199 Duke of Gloucester St. There is plentiful street parking and the nearby garages are free on Sunday mornings. More detailed directions and parking information can be found here. More detailed directions and parking information can be found here.

Time

Sunday Forum begins around 11:00 AM on Sundays.

BIBLIT: Scripture and Twentieth Century Literature

This year, the Bib-Lit Seminar explores the mysteries and meanings of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Our short stories come from The Best American Short Stories 2014, as well as collections from Alice Munro and William Trevor. To inquire about joining the seminar, please call 410-267-9333 or send an email to biblit@stannes-annapolis.org.

Conversation In both the Bible and literature we find the great themes of the human condition — love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, generosity and larceny, to name a few. So what might the writers of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures have to say to some of the best short story writers of the twentieth century? And how might the modern writers respond to the ancient?

This is the conversation we the readers create in the BibLit seminar. The spirit takes hold — and the writers of Genesis and Ecclesiastes, of Job and the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles are engaged in exchange of ideas with the likes of Flannery O’Connor, Phillip Roth, James Baldwin and Tess Gallagher. Discussion is always stimulating, often moving — and frequently hilarious!

Everyone reads the assigned biblical passage and short story prior to class. All who wish to do so have the opportunity to pose an opening question. Questions are put in play by facilitators Donna Larson and Fran Lukens.

The seminar is designed for people who lead real lives full of professional and personal commitments. Each session is a one-off, stand-alone seminar. In theory and in practice, one can miss several sessions and return to the table feeling no disadvantage.

There are no lectures. Our interest is in what these texts are saying to you. Around the seminar table, all participants have coequal authority with one another and with the texts. All positions are entertained with respect, and questions are asked and discussed rather than asked and answered. Class size is limited to sixteen seats.

The Wednesday evening class is using the anthology, The Best American Short Stories of the Century; John Updike, editor.

The Thursday morning class is using two anthologies, The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, 2nd edition, edited by Lex Williford and Michael Martone and God Stories, edited by C. Michael Curtis.

Education for Ministry

EfM follows an academic year, beginning each September. If you are interested in this kind of serious religious study, please contact Meg Kimble, EfM Diocesan Coordinator at 410-263-6378 or email meg.kimble@verizon.net.

The Program: How It Works

The Seminar Group

The seminar group is the nucleus of the Education for Ministry program. Six to eleven students and a trained mentor meet weekly for 2-3 hours throughout the academic year. Through study, prayer and reflection, students move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom, a process illustrated by a two-rail fence. One rail is the Christian tradition; the other is the collective experience of the students. The rails are linked by fence posts which represent the seminar sessions where life and study meet. The fence is grounded in the soil of regular worship, vital to the life of the group.

Study

Students are given weekly lesson assignments. Responsible for setting their own learning goals, they spend two to four hours each week in preparation for the seminars where they can share insights and discoveries and discuss questions raised by their study.

Reflection

The seminars allow students to deepen understanding of their studies through discussion and guided reflection and to develop their skills in theological reflection. The goal is for students to think theologically and be effective ministers in the world by examining their own beliefs and their relationship to our culture and the tradition of our Christian faith.

Worship

The seminar is supported by a life of prayer and regular worship. EFM students are encouraged to develop a pattern of worship. Liturgical materials are furnished with the course materials.

Enrollment and fees The $350 fee pays for the EfM materials and an honorarium for the mentor. Students also need a Bible and may obtain additional reading materials suggested in the bibliographies. To assist students in need, some scholarship funds are available.

Emmaus

Deepening Our faith in Community

Emmaus Mission Statement:

Emmaus seeks to provide a supportive and nurturing environment for listening, responding and resting in the

Supper at Emmaus, by Rembrandt

Supper at Emmaus, by Rembrandt

Spirit, which is at work in each of us. We hope the Emmaus gatherings and programs will hearten prayerful awareness of the sacred and Holy in our every day lives as reflected in scripture and modeled by Jesus. Emmaus is an open and growing community and welcomes all who wish support and community on the journey. Offerings include the Advent Prayer Booklet and monthly reflection gatherings. For more information, contact: Lori Marchant lorimarchant2011@gmail.com; or Heather Strang keepthefeast@verizon.net.

 

Suggested Readings

Space for God by Don Postema (Study and practice of prayer)

  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young: Enjoying Peace in His Presence (Daily Devotional)
  • The Paschal Mystery by Father Thomas Keating (A Journey into Redemption and Grace)
  • Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God by J. David Muyskens

Suggested Websites

  • Space for God by Don Postema (Study and practice of prayer)
  • Jesus Calling by Sarah Young: Enjoying Peace in His Presence (Daily Devotional)
  • The Paschal Mystery by Father Thomas Keating (A Journey into Redemption and Grace)
  • Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God by J. David Muyskens

The God Who Only Knows Four Words

by Hafiz

Every Child Has known God, Not the God of names, not the God of don’ts, Not the God who ever does anything weird, But the God who only knows four words And keeps repeating them, saying: “Come dance with Me.” Come Dance.

The Emmaus Story: Luke 24:13-32:

After Jesus died, the disciples Cleopas and Simon, journeyed to Emmaus. On the road they met a stranger and the three talked until they reached their destination. As they journeyed together the friends of Jesus saw only a stranger. Not until they shared bread together that evening did they recognize in their midst the person of Jesus. At that moment He vanished leaving them to share and grow in their understanding of what had happened. They recollected together how their hearts’ sensed this mystery while their minds were blind. As we journey together as a community in faith we, too, are invited to listen and see.

Men’s Huddle

Adult Christian Formation Men's HuddleThe Men’s Huddle is St. Anne’s longest running lay ministry. Dedicated to studying the Bible and the work of Christian theologians. We started in Lent 1994 and were previously called the Men’s Fellowship and Bible Study Ministry). Each Saturday we meet in the Parish House at 8am for breakfast and an hour of study. Ours is one of the better $3 breakfasts available in the area on Saturday mornings!

Knowledge of the Bible is not a prerequisite. Encouraged is an open mind and heart, and a suspicion that paying closer attention to how scripture can model your life will put you in a better place. Our members range in age from their early 40s to over 90 years old. We send Members weekly emails containing the scripture or author reading assigned for the next meeting and attach an updated prayer list around the first of the month. We occasionally include topical articles of interest. Every other month, on the first Wednesday, we provide and serve supper at The Lighthouse Shelter. The members of the Men’s Huddle welcome the men of St. Anne’s to huddle up with us one Saturday morning to see and hear what we do.

Women’s Ministry

Womens Ministry

Our Mission:

The Women of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church unite to provide a warm, caring and supportive environment and to nourish our souls through leading, mentoring, sharing, teaching and helping each other so that we may minister to our church and to the community at large in fulfillment of the mission set forth by St. Anne’s Episcopal Church.