Adult Education

St. Luke’s is blessed with vibrant and dynamic adult program offerings throughout the year. Here are the sessions scheduled for the upcoming season.

Adult Classes

Fall 2021

A Newcomer’s group will begin on September 19th at 9 am in the Resource Room on the Sunday School hallway.  This group will be led by Cathedral clergy. If you are new to the Episcopal Church, to St. Luke’s, or just would like a refresher, you are most welcome.

We will meet from 9:00-10:00 on Sundays from Sept 19 – Oct 31 Classes will be held in the Resource Room on the lower level of the cathedral.  Each class will allow ample time for questions and discussion. We will be following Welcome to the Episcopal Church by Chris Webber. (People are encouraged to order their own books). While not required for membership, these classes can be helpful and I hope you will consider attending them. For those who wish, this will provide preparation for adults who wish to renew their baptismal vows or be confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church on November 14.

Sacred Ground is a facilitated ten session study group on race and racism.  It is a sensitive, prayerful resource that creates space for difficult but respectful and transformative dialogue. Each session has videos and written material for the participants to use to dialogue with each other.  There will be an introductory meeting via Zoom on Thursday September 30, and Session One will meet on October 14. The link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86191272654 As there is limited enrollment, please contact Sarah Dowling prior to the introductory meeting, if you are interested in participating. Sarah’s contact is sarahbdowling@gmail.com.

Funeral Planning: Have you thought about planning your funeral, but don’t know where to start?  There will be an information and planning meeting for anyone who is interested in doing funeral planning.  Cathedral Clergy will be on hand to help you organize your own funeral.  Albert Melton will be there to help you consider music, and the Rev. Ted Gaiser, a priest and financial advisor, will also attend to present how financial planning can be helpful in this area, and to answer questions that you have. In addition, Priscilla Webster will provide information on the Columbarium.  This group will meet on October 16, in the Upper Parish Hall from 9 am – 12pm.

To register, please email: eprior@cathedralofstluke.org

Grief and Hope Group: This new group is meeting the second Wednesday of the month at 10 am in the Upper Parish Hall. At our first meeting of this newly forming group we decided to focus on grief: experienced grief, anticipated grief, our stories around grief, and where and how we find hope. This is a time to share our stories, strengthen old connections, and make new connections. The next meeting will be a hybrid. Zoom link here if you would like to attend that way: Eleanor+ facilitates this group. Please contact her here if you have any questions or thoughts

The Judaism Seminar: Sessions begin on Sunday, October 3, right after the 10 am service. We have a threefold agenda: to decide when and where we’ll meet, to hear an overview of the upcoming sessions, to ask questions, and to receive seminar handouts, i.e., bibliography, chronologies, maps and key Hebrew terms. The presenter for these sessions will be the Reverend Dr. Bob Hanson. Why learn about our Lord’s influences, or what it might have been like bring raised in an occupied country constantly at war? Even more important, what must it have been like living in a covenanted community where one worshipped a single God surrounded by peoples worshipping many Gods? And why did God choose these wandering Hebrews in the first place? Who were Jesus ancestors and where did they come from? And out of all the chaos surrounding Jesus in the first century, C.E., how did these ancient peoples develop an ethical monotheism unique in world history…even until today? What mysteries did Jesus celebrate that we don’t know about, and why do God’s names account for how God acts? Did Jesus know a God different from the one we know? What are the forces the Hebrew people brought to this world that have distinguished them as a unique people, account for their longevity, and that remain guideposts for a developing free societies even today? The whole of Judaism is and revolves around the content of the Tanakh, what we call the Old Testament, can we say something similar about our holy books? What did Jesus possess as a Jew that Christians don’t possess as Christians?   Join us in these sessions as we become more familiar with our ancestors and their many gifts.