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.

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.

Chaplain Jerome A. Hinson, Capt. USN

Chaplain Jerome A. Hinson, Capt. USN

October 1 - Faith and Force

Fleet Chaplain, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Operational Assignments include
USS Harry Truman (CNS-75)/Carrier Strike Goup 10 and U.S. Third Fleet

 

Dr. Eric Fredland

Dr. Eric Fredland

October 8 - The Great Fire of 1858 and the Building of the Present Church

Church Archivist for St. Anne’s Parish
Former Chair of the Economics Dept, U.S. Naval Academy
Ph.D, University of Michigan

St. Anne’s Parishioner

 

 

The Rev. Joseph Pagano, Ph.D.

The Rev. Joseph Pagano, Ph.D.

October 15 - Anglican Approaches to Religious Pluralism: Gerald McDermott's Theory of Religions

Associate Rector
St. Anne’s Parish
Ph.D. Marquette University

 

Dr. Bill Barry

Dr. Bill Barry

October 22 - Hidden Figures: The Story Behind the Story

NASA Chief Historian
Part of the NASA team of consultants who assisted 20th Century Fox on historical questions for the hit film “Hidden Figures

St. Anne’s Parishioner

 

 

Mr. Tom May

Mr. Tom May

October 29 - Rembering Luther and Christian Liberty

Tutor, St. John’s College, Annapolis Campus
Previous Associate Dean of St. John’s Graduate Institute MALA Program

St. Anne’s Parishioner

 

 

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

The Rev. M. Dion Thompson

November 5 - Lord, Teach us to Pray: Living in the Lord's Prayer

Associate Priest for Pastoral Care, St. Anne’s Parish
M.Div., The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church
Author of Walk like a Natural Man

 

The Rev. Amy Richter, Ph.D.

The Rev. Amy Richter, Ph.D.

November 12 - Letting Go: Making Room for God

Rector, St. Anne’s Parish
Ph.D. Marquette University
Author of Enoch and the Gospel of Matthew

 

The Rev. Joanna White

The Rev. Joanna White

November 19 - Faith and Healing

Chaplain The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
M.Div. Yale Divinity School

 

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.

November 26 - Jesus Was a Funny Guy: What this Says About God

Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Exeter
Author and editor of numerous books
Associate Priest St. Paul’s Church, Alexandria Va.

 

 

 

 

The Rev. Christopher Dreisbach, Ph.D.

The Rev. Christopher Dreisbach, Ph.D.

December 3 & 10 - Christian Happiness: Edaimonia vs. Makarios

Professor of Moral & Systematic Theology, Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary & University

 

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.