Instant Theater – Feb 14, 21, 28 & Mar 6, 13

ADULT EDUCATION IN LENT

Welcome to Instant Theater – The Gospel of John and experience the story of Jesus revealed in a creative and wonderful way!

WHEN: The first five Sundays of Lent, beginning February 14th.

WHERE: St. Thomas Episcopal Church – in the Library

See Directions & Campus Map

WHAT TIME?: at 12:15 PM

DURATION: Each session will run approximately 45 minutes.

SPECIFICS

The Gospel According to St. John introduces Jesus as the Son of God, Lord and Savior through a number of dramatic encounters between Jesus and other characters in the story, including Jesus’ mother at Cana, Nicodemus, The Women of Samaria, The Man born Blind, and Lazarus, Martha and Mary.

We will read these stories as small theater pieces as a way of discovering new depths to the Good News of Jesus as found in John’s Gospel.

Theater, acting out a story, is a profound way of learning, and it is also fun…Come join us!

FOR QUESTIONS OR FURTHER ASSISTANCE

If you have questions or are in need of further assistance, please Contact Us.

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Adult Education – January 2016

WHEN & WHERE

Four Wednesday nights: January 13, 20, 27, & February 3 at 7:30 P.M. in the Library.

BOOK STUDY
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr

Fr. Richard Rohr is a regular contributing writer for Sojourners and Tikkun magazines. In Falling Upward, he seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life, and to show that those who have fallen, failed, or “gone down” are the only ones who understand “up.”

This important book explores the counter-intuitive message that we grow spiritually much more by doing wrong than by doing right–a fresh way of thinking about a spirituality that grows throughout our lives. Most of us tend to think of the second half of life as largely about getting old, dealing with health issues, and letting go of life, but the whole thesis of this book is exactly the opposite. What looks like falling down can largely be experienced as “falling upward.” In fact, it is not a loss, but somehow actually a gain, as we have all seen with elders who have come to their fullness. Among other things, Rohr explains why the second half of life can and should be full of spiritual richness, offers a new view of how spiritual growth happens, and discusses how loss can be gain.

PURCHASING THE BOOK

Falling Upward will be available for purchase beginning Sunday January 3 at a cost of $15.00 for the hard cover edition. Note that the book is also available in both Kindle and iBook formats.

Consider using AmazonSmile to purchase your class materials. It is a wonderful way you can further support the work of Saint Thomas and its programs like Adult Education.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice – consider “St. Thomas Episcopal Church – Sunnyvale, CA“

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon, same products, same prices and same service.

The website: smile.amazon.com.

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Adult Ed: Meeting God in Each Other

We are excited to embark on a new study in May and strongly encourage everyone at St. Thomas to join us! There’s always something to learn as we strive to grow in our faith and love for one another.

MEETING GOD IN EACH OTHER — Anti-Racism Training

Being at the epicenter of the Silicon Valley allows the community of St. Thomas to be a multi-cultural community that embraces people of all races and ethnic cultures. However, sometimes we are unaware of the things that we do that push people away and make them feel less than. None of us want to do that.

Instead, we want to enable the beautiful diversity of God’s creation and walk hand-in-hand into the future of St. Thomas.

[su_quote cite=”the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”]But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community…It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. It is this love which will bring about miracles in the hearts of people.[/su_quote]

WHEN WE MEET

Wednesday Evenings at 7:30 PM; First session begins May 6th

WHERE WE MEET

The Library at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, see Directions & Campus Map

JOIN US

In opening our hearts up to the miraculous and transformative love that Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks of and let’s come together as a whole community!

Cover Art taken from a mural on a boathouse wall in the town of Clacton-on-Sea (County of Essex in England, United Kingdom) and is attributed to the famous graffiti artist Banksy. The mural was later removed or “buffed out” by the local council due to its “racist” sentiment.

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Adult Ed: The Art of Easter

For two weeks in our season of Easter, we are going to study and experience the art of Easter in our Wednesday night Adult Education classes.

Resurrection - Piero della FrancescaArt is a way to access parts of our brain and our life experience that can’t be accessed in other ways. Connecting with the art of Easter will enable us to experience the empty tomb and resurrection of Jesus in a way that book study doesn’t get to.

When we think of the art of Easter we immediately think of oil paintings, but we will also be looking at other forms including: pen and ink, mixed media, water color painting, icons, sculpture, altar pieces and furniture, and tapestries and fabrics. The visual images will include, but not be limited to, the empty tomb, the resurrected Jesus, Jesus with the women at the tomb, Christ triumphing over death, light overcoming darkness, and Jesus appearing to the disciples.

Visiting Art Historian

Art historian, Brandy Bartosh, will come down from Grace Cathedral to lead us through our sessions.

Location Change

We will meet in the church sanctuary instead of the library so that we can use the big screen to experience the many images. See Directions & Campus Map.

Viewing the images is just a first step towards living with the images, praying with them, and even questioning them — which is sure to be a jumping off point for many lively and diverse discussions.

Questions?

If you have questions or are in need of special accommodation, please Contact Us.

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Adult Ed: Getting Involved with God

We are excited to continue our winter series by embarking on a book study of GETTING INVOLVED WITH GOD: Rediscovering the Old Testament by Ellen F. Davis.

DATES & TIME

Wednesdays at 7:30 PM – February 25; March 4, 11, 18, and 25

LOCATION

Saint Thomas Episcopal Church – in the Library, see Directions & Campus Map

PREVIEW

Book Study: GETTING INVOLVED WITH GOD: Rediscovering the Old Testament by Ellen F. Davis

“The Old Testament is a source of Good News and guidance for our life with God. A key piece of Good News that the Old Testament communicates over and over again is that God is involved with us, deeply and irrevocably so. We hear that message affirmed in many different voices and in shifting moods: in the voices of the psalmists crying out to God in the full range of human emotions, from grief to joy, from uncontained rage to dumfounded gratitude; and also in the voice of God, spoken through poets, storytellers, prophets and teachers. As it turns out, God’s life is as complex as our own – and it is so, precisely because God’s life is bound up inextricably with ours.” (from the Introduction to Getting Involved with God.)

The five topics are:

1. Pain and Praise: The Psalms as Common Prayer
2. The Cost of Love (Genesis and the Song of Songs)
3. The Art of Living Well (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job)
4. Habits of the Heart (Proverbs, Exodus, the Psalms and Isaiah) 5. Torah of the Earth (Numbers)
Getting Involved with God is a wonderful book and a perfect companion on your Lenten Journey this year.

JOIN US!

for a time of learning, fellowship and exploration.

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