Adult forum is a rich, lively discussion on a variety of theological topics of concern to today's Church. It is held every Sunday morning from 9:10 am- 10:10 am, September through May in the Youth & Community Room.
No pre-readings or readings are required. Come and join us this Sunday!
Here is what one participant said about Adult Forum:
Part of why I was attracted to the Episcopal Church is its rich intellectual tradition. More recently, I have been reflecting on the beautiful ways in which this religious tradition exhibits toleration of diverse views, whether theological, social or political. I find remarkable this church’s ability to maintain unity as a church in spite of the presence of many voices and perspectives. This is true for the larger denomination but also in our own local church.
In fact, this ability to achieve unity amid diversity is especially evident the Adult Forum class at Saint James. The very structure of the class represents the assumptions that many voices need to be heard and that it is important to share a variety of perspectives on important theological topics. In our best moments in Adult Forum, we engage together in a lively, shared conversation about some of the issues at the heart of our lives and our faith. There is structure provided by the teachers and to some extent by the books or other materials being discussed. Yet there is still enough freedom and flexibility for passionate, living conversations.
The team-teaching model present in Adult Forum creates challenges in organizing so many different interests and teaching styles. But this teaching model also ensures that we do not have the same Sunday school teacher for an entire year. Each teacher brings his or her own background, interests, and experience. Thus this group and the church as a whole benefit from a variety of teaching styles and perspectives.
Each of these classes on Sunday morning stands alone. No preparation is required or expected from anyone other than the facilitator. These classes, or perhaps better described, living conversations, will only benefit from new voices and perspectives.