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.

Back to top

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.

Back to top

Adult Ed – History of the Episcopal Church

WHEN & WHERE

Wednesdays, January 14, 21, and 28, 7:30 PM in the Library, see Directions & Campus Map

PREVIEW

At the end of the Revolutionary War, Anglicans in the new United States had a problem.
No longer members of the Church of England, what would become of Anglican Christians?
The birth of a truly American church, the Protestant Episcopal Church in The United States
of America, the consecration of the first bishop, a new prayer book and church
Constitution, set American Anglicans on a path that diverged significantly from their elder
cousins in England.

The story of our church is fascinating. We will discuss Anglicanism in the colonies before
the Revolutionary War; the establishment of a uniquely American and democratic church
structure; missionary work during the western expansion; the effect of the Civil War on the
Episcopal Church; the role of African Americans and influence of immigrants on the church;
foreign mission work, and the emergence of a strong social gospel mentality.

The twentieth century brought new challenges and changes, culminating in the first “modern” prayer book in the Anglican Communion, and full inclusion of women in the ordained ministries in the church. The turn of the 21st century brought more changes; symbolized by the consecration of Gene Robinson as bishop of New Hampshire, and theological tensions between “First and Second World” Anglicans and the “Global South.”

Our history is an unfinished story. How we got to where we are today tells us a lot about who we are and where we will go from here.

JOIN US!

…for a time of learning, fellowship and exploration.

Slider image by Kristin Munday of the interior sanctuary – Trinity Wall Street (Episcopal Church) in NYC, originally founded in 1697. Click on the above link to learn more about its place in the history of the Episcopal Church.

Back to top

Adult Ed: Cultural Encounter – Dec. 3rd

Bring your appetite and join us for an evening to savor!

CULTURAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE MIDDLE EAST and ISLAM

WHEN: Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:30PM

WHERE: Kabul Afghan Cuisine

ADDRESS: 833 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

For Directions, see Kabul Afghan Cuisine

DESCRIPTION: We will meet at a local Middle Eastern restaurant to experience a culinary and cultural immersion that includes great food and conversation with our guest speakers.

Questions?

If you have questions are would like more information, please Contact Us and select “Adult Education” from the drop-down menu.

Slider image artwork adapted from an original photo of 14th century Egyptian or Syrian decorative architecture by dalbera from Paris, France [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons and photo of Tughra of Süleyman the Magnificent (1520) by Thadswanek, taken from here (uploaded by Pagan) (English Wikipedia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Back to top