Adult Education: Early Christian Traditions Book Study

Are you interested in Early Church history? If so, we want to alert you about our latest Adult Education book study on Early Christian Traditions by the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Lyman who recently began serving as an adjunct priest to St. Thomas.

In this parishioner-led study, Robbie Forkish will be walking us through Dr. Lyman’s latest book. We will have two sessions in December and another two in January. Dr. Lyman will later join us to round out this special study.


Our initial meeting begins Wednesday, December 6th at 6:30 PM in the Church Library. Sessions continue on January 31th – future dates are set by the group leader. Please check the Parish Calendar for the next session and link to map for campus location, see Directions & Campus Map.

All are welcome, even if you don’t have the book or haven’t started reading it yet. However, keeping up with the reading will enrich your enjoyment of the class!


The book can be purchased on in hardcover and Kindle formats. There is also one copy in the church library.


Early Christian Traditions is the sixth volume of The New Church’s Teaching Series, and it provides perceptive insights into the early church’s intense conflicts that reveal the often thin line between orthodoxy and heresy, between true and false teachers, and among the many competing versions of Christianity.

In this season of Advent, when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, what better book to study than one that will inspire us to also celebrate the birth and early years of the Church.


We are so fortunate to have Pastor Rebecca at St. Thomas; she’s the distinguished Professor of Church History emerita at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and a true expert on this topic!


If you have any questions about the book study, please Contact Us.

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Adult Education – January 2016


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

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.


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.

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