Category Archives: Christian Formation

Homebrewed Church History

Dr. Bill Leonard and Matthew Phillips will teach a three-part Rector’s Forum series, Homebrewed Church History, at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 10, 17 and 24 in Colhoun A.

Church history is the collection of stories of a lot of aggressive fights over the ideas people hold most dear, and sometimes the winners are not the most savory characters. Over three weeks, Dr. Bill Leonard and Parishioner Matthew Phillips will focus on some of the most intriguing stories as we think about controversies over spiritual life, heresy and punishment in the church, what salvation means, and how churches break apart and come back together. We’ll find inspiration in the sometimes strange corners of church history for a more vibrant and faithful church future.

The Rev. Dr. Bill J. Leonard is the James and Marilyn Dunn Professor Emeritus of Baptist Studies at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, which he served as founding dean. An ordained Baptist minister, Dr. Leonard has focused on the translation of the highest quality academic work to the mission and life of local churches like St. Paul’s, where he is a popular guest speaker.

Parishioner Matthew Phillips is an Associate Teaching Professor of Law and Ethics at Wake Forest University School of Business. He teaches courses in business law and ethics across the Business School’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

Practicing Your Faith at Home

Parishioner Julie Smith will teach a class, Practicing Your Faith at Home, at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, February 24 in Colhoun B and C.

This class will offer an opportunity to learn more about several spiritual practices, such as the Examen, Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, and to consider ways to allow them to become part of daily life. These practices are gifts to bring healing and to foster a deeper relationship with God and with our community. Julie will lead us in making these spiritual tools accessible, familiar and valued in our daily routines.

Faith & Justice February Program

The Faith & Justice Committee’s 2018-19 Lunch and Speaker Series will continue on Tuesday,* February 26, at 12:00 noon in Colhoun A. The program, “Race in Film,” will be presented by Dale M. Pollock, Distinguished Scholar of Cinema Studies, School of Filmmaking, UNCSA.

*Please note this program is being presented on a Tuesday rather than the customary Thursday scheduling.

Pollock will look back in film history to examine the deep roots of Hollywood racism. Only by understanding the power of the images created in films such “The Birth of a Nation” and “King Kong” can we comprehend the depth and breadth of racism in the movies.

We will see how two kinds of filmmaking emerged—one for white audiences in which black Americans were solely house servants, porters and bathroom attendants, and a more vibrant but limited number of African-American-made films by a paucity of black directors.

Things began to change when black actor Sidney Poitier became a genuine movie star in the 1950s and 60s with films such as “The Defiant Ones,” although co-star Tony Curtis always got top billing. Not until Spike Lee made “Do the Right Thing” 1989 did a genuine black directorial voice emerge, enabling filmmakers such as Jordan Peele to make a crossover hit in “Get Out” that appealed to both black and white audiences while making several pertinent points about contemporary racism by using an outrageous story premise.

Hollywood continues to grapple with the politics of making films for and about people of color, although great strides have been made in recent years.

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

Though it is not required in order to appreciate the February 26 presentation, you may wish to view three films recommended by Dr. Pollock. They are listed in the order of viewing he finds most helpful:

  • “Get Out” directed by Jordan Peele (2017)
  • “The Defiant Ones” directed by Stanley Kramer (1958)
  • “King Kong” directed by Merian C. Cooper (1933)

“Get Out” is available on Prime Video and through the Forsyth Public Library. “The Defiant Ones” can be seen on HBO. The original black and white version of “King Kong” is shown on Prime Video and is available from the Forsyth Public Library.

Faith & Justice March Program

The Faith & Justice Committee’s 2018-19 Lunch and Speaker Series will continue on Thursday, March 28, at 12:00 noon in Colhoun A.

The program, “Fierce Conversations About Race and Justice,” will be presented by Nigel Alston, community advocate, motivational speaker and Executive Director of the North Carolina Black Repertory Theater.

Alston will share his insights on race and justice and how conversations that go beyond the superficial level can make a real difference in building relationships. Susan Scott, author of Fierce Conversations, writes that the conversation is the relationship. Conversation that is truly robust, passionate and honest can lead to a cultural transformation in our country today with whites and people of color.

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

Available in St. Paul’s Bookshop

The Path Between Us

Most of us have no idea that others do not see as we see, nor do they process their experiences in the same way we do.  That fact is especially crucial in relationships with partners, with friends or in our professional lives. Understanding the motivations and dynamics of these different personality types can be the key that unlocks sometimes mystifying behavior in others―and in ourselves.  The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships by Suzanne Stabile guides readers into deeper insights about themselves, their personality types and others’ so that we can have healthier relationships.

This book is the text for a class, Relationships and the Enneagram, taught by the Rev. Sara C. Ardrey-Graves.

St. Paul’s Bookshop is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Profits from the Bookshop support outreach at St. Paul’s.