Category Archives: Christian Formation

Revisioning Mental Health: A Christlike Response

The Faith & Justice Committee lunch and speaker series, In My Backyard: Faith and Current Events, will continue Thursday, April 26 at 12:00 noon in Colhoun A. The program is titled, “Revisioning Mental Health: A Christlike Response.”

In a Christian community we seek to make a healthy, Christlike response to challenging emotional life crises as well as mental illness. Come hear what St Paul’s is doing to respond to this issue.

The panelists are Dr. Elizabeth Allen, Chair, St. Paul’s Caring in Community:  Mental Health and Wholeness Committee, the Rev. Susan Dobyns, retired pastoral psychotherapist and Robert D. “Bob” Mills, President and Executive Director of Minds Renewed: The Consortium for a Christlike Response to Mental Health.

Bring your own lunch. Beverages will be provided. All are welcome.

Encountering Others: Looking for Christian Values through Story

St. Paul’s Faith and Justice Committee will offer “Encountering Others: Looking for Christian Values through Story” in Colhoun A at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays, April 29, May 6, 13 and 20.

This four-part series examines the idea that our values become visible and develop as we tell our stories to ourselves and others and that it can be helpful to think of values, not as abstract concepts, but as behaviors that exist only in relationship.

Based on talks presented earlier this year by Trinity Wall Street, we will see key moments from video presentations by people such as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who is thinking about how all values come from the fact that God is determined to create a beloved community and everything he wants from and for us occurs in relationship with others.

Irish poet and reconciliation leader Padraic O’Tuoma emphasizes storytelling itself as a value and that struggles over perceived conflicting values can mask God’s desire for us to be present to each other and respect each person’s story.

Other speakers will be presented as well, and the classes will be facilitated by Stephanie Lovett, Jocelyn Connors and other members of the Faith and Justice Committee.

Know Thyself: The Enneagram

Know Thyself: The Enneagram as a Path of Grace and Mercy will continue April 8, 15 and 29 and May 6 from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m., in Colhoun B and C. Class leaders will be the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves, the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser, Nancy Dunn and Julie Smith.

Building on the winter Enneagram seminar, this class will explore the nine personality types of the Enneagram model of the human psyche. Each type experiences change, stress, love and community differently, and we will learn not only about the intricacies of our individual types, but our relationships to other types around the circle. The class schedule is as follows:

February 18 – One: The Perfectionist
February 25 – Two: The Helper
March 4 – Three: The Achiever
March 11 – Four: The Individualist
March 18 – Five: The Thinker
April 8 – Six: The Loyalist
April 15 – Seven: The Adventurer
April 29 – Eight: The Challenger
May 6 – Nine: The Peacemaker

The Enneagram and Christian Spiritual Practices

Dr. Christopher T. Copeland will teach a two-part class, “The Enneagram and Christian Spiritual Practices,” on Sunday, May 13 and 20 from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m. in the chapel.

Copeland is Director of Leadership Development and Spiritual Life and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Spirituality at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

For those with some knowledge of the Enneagram, these classes will offer spiritual practices for each of the types to interrupt habits and patterns and grow personally and spiritually. The class will “pray through the Enneagram” by talking about and engaging in classical Christian practices. All are invited to be a part of the experience.

The State of Black Winston-Salem

The Faith & Justice Committee Lunch and Speaker Series, In My Backyard: Faith and Current Events, will continue Thursday, May 24 at 12:00 noon in Colhoun A.

The program, titled “The State of Black Winston-Salem: A Cause for Concern for All Camel City Residents,” will be presented by James Perry, President and CEO of the Winston-Salem Urban League.

The 2017 State of Black Winston-Salem report shows that black residents in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County earn only 62 cents for each dollar made by white residents. Black residents have a home ownership rate that is half that of white residents. Black residents are half as likely to have access to healthful food. Black residents have a death rate 1.23 times that of white residents. Black residents are 1.4 times more likely than white residents to be arrested for nonviolent traffic offenses in Winston-Salem.

Most shocking, perhaps, are the education indices. Black third-graders in Forsyth County are approximately 60% less likely to read at grade level than white third graders.

The state of black residents in Winston-Salem challenges all discerning residents. Learn about the challenges and become part of the solution.

Bring your own lunch. Beverages will be provided. All are welcome.