Category Archives: Christian Formation

Questions on the Road to Emmaus: Resources for Small Groups

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Greetings St. Paul’s!

On the Third Sunday of Easter (Aril 26), I preached a sermon about Jesus meeting his disciples on the road to Emmaus. My suggestion was that, like Cleopas and his companion, it’s time for us to start asking questions about what our life will look like when we return to a new normal as a parish and as a people. Curiosity, it seems, is part of how we discern and participated in resurrection and so I proposed four questions that would help us do this good work. I also challenged our church to start asking them now.

This is a resource I’ve put together to go deeper with these questions. It is a guide to use with your small group, circle meeting, or family devotional time. I’ve given you three options for exploring the questions in one session or four sessions.

This season is hard and sad, but it is also Easter. That makes questions like these all the more appropriate. Resurrection doesn’t ignore the tragic, awful, and painful, instead, it includes it. Because resurrection is a power so great it can bring good out of even the most horrible circumstances, then we, while still lamenting, dare to look for hope.

I hope these questions help us in that process!

Easter Peace,

Dixon+

The link to the sermon is here: https://stpaulswinstonsalem.org/church-from-home/
and the message begins at 28:31

Lenten Resources and Diocesan-Wide Book Read

Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race will be at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem on Thursday, April 23 for two events at 12:15 pm and 7 pm. Her book can be purchased at the St. Paul’s Bookstore.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/waking-up-white-a-conversation-with-author-debby-irving-tickets-96909754685

THE DIOCESE OF NORTH CAROLINA has announced a diocesan-wide book read to take place during Lent.

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As part of our ongoing commitment toward Becoming Beloved Community, all people and communities of the Diocese of North Carolina are invited to read Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited or Debby Irving’s Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race during the season of Lent. Both books invite self-examination and reflection about how racism continues to work against the dream of God and our call to love others and strive for justice and peace among all people. There are study and discussion guides available for both books that can easily be used to create a meaningful Lenten series. The hope is that reading these books will spark conversations within churches and local communities and create a catalyst for building deeper relationships around racial healing and reconciliation during this season of repentance.

The Rev. Howard Thurman (1899-1981) was a minister, educator, theologian, and civil rights leader, whose counsel and witness served as a spiritual foundation for the nonviolent civil rights movements and whose writings continue to inspire. He connected with prophetic clarity on how the inward journey of faith shapes our concerns for social justice. In Jesus and The Disinherited, Thurman’s seminal work, he wrote about the chains of oppression and how Jesus embodies liberation and transformation for all. Alongside the book, participants are encouraged to watch Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story, a film that explores the extraordinary life and legacy of Thurman. There are a number of helpful study guides for both the book and film available.

RESOURCES:
Racial Reconcilation and the Church: Lessons from Howard Thurman
Film Discussion Guide for Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story
Panel Discussion – Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story (Princeton Seminary)

In Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, Debby Irving recounts her experience of being a white American woman and coming to terms with the complexity of race in the United States. With candor, Irving unpacks long-standing beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person and her desire to “help” people of color. The book contains conversation and reflection prompts at the end of each chapter. Study guides for Irving’s book are also available. An engaging and thoughtful speaker, Irving will be speaking at churches throughout our diocese from April 21-26, 2020, as part of the Race Matters Tour.

RESOURCES:
Waking Up White study guide
Curriculum and study guides from Debby Irving

Formation Recording: The Enneagram – Feb 16

From: Sunday, February 16, 2020
The Enneagram: A magnifying glass for meaningful soul work

Led by Julie Smith and the Rev. Sara Ardrey-Graves. Already learned the basics of the Enneagram and ready to go further?  Join us for a three-work course on how to apply your knowledge of the Enneagram to your relationships, your passions, your limitations, and your life’s work.

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Formation Recording: The Enneagram – Feb 9

From: Sunday, February 9, 2020
The Enneagram: A magnifying glass for meaningful soul work

Led by Julie Smith and the Rev. Sara Ardrey-Graves. Already learned the basics of the Enneagram and ready to go further?  Join us for a three-work course on how to apply your knowledge of the Enneagram to your relationships, your passions, your limitations, and your life’s work.

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Fall 2019 Formation at St. Paul’s

Living into our Sacred Stories

How can we connect to what is sacred in our lives? This Fall at St. Paul’s we will explore the sacred stories that weave together the shared story of our church home.

Click here to read our Faith in Formation brochure.

The Governance of God 2020?: How to Be Politically Christian in the Modern World

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Virtual Event

Using Bible study, church history, and cultural criticism, the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser leads participants through a four-week class exploring the place politics does and does not have in the Church, as well the place the Church does as well as does not have in politics. Designed to take place during the 2020 Presidential contest, this class mixes lecture, multi-media, and spiritual practices … Continue reading The Governance of God 2020?: How to Be Politically Christian in the Modern World

Adult Confirmation Class Q&A

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Adults new to St. Paul’s or new to the Episcopal Church are invited to join our fall Confirmation class. Confirmation is a ritual in the Episcopal church for us to express our faith in Jesus Christ, reaffirm the promises given to us in baptism, and publicly join the community of faith when the bishop visits us. … Continue reading Adult Confirmation Class Q&A

Enneagram Small Group

Virtual Event

Have you been studying the Enneagram, or, are you just curious and want to know more?  The Enneagram is a powerful tool for self-reflection and community building. If you are a long-time student or a beginner you are welcome to join the Saint Paul’s group, led by Julie Smith. Feel free to invite others to … Continue reading Enneagram Small Group

How to Discuss Politics and Not Lose Your Religion

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Virtual Event

Politics and religion….we all know that these aren’t topics that we discuss. But what if we challenged ourselves to discuss these topics, especially with those who hold beliefs different than ours? We invite you to join us as we practice discussing current political topics in a way that allows us to understand the perspective of … Continue reading How to Discuss Politics and Not Lose Your Religion

The Governance of God 2020?: How to Be Politically Christian in the Modern World

Zoom
Virtual Event

Using Bible study, church history, and cultural criticism, the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser leads participants through a four-week class exploring the place politics does and does not have in the Church, as well the place the Church does as well as does not have in politics. Designed to take place during the 2020 Presidential contest, this class mixes lecture, multi-media, and spiritual practices … Continue reading The Governance of God 2020?: How to Be Politically Christian in the Modern World

How to Discuss Politics and Not Lose Your Religion

Zoom
Virtual Event

Politics and religion….we all know that these aren’t topics that we discuss. But what if we challenged ourselves to discuss these topics, especially with those who hold beliefs different than ours? We invite you to join us as we practice discussing current political topics in a way that allows us to understand the perspective of … Continue reading How to Discuss Politics and Not Lose Your Religion

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The Governance of God 2020?: How to Be Politically Christian in the Modern World

Zoom
Virtual Event

Using Bible study, church history, and cultural criticism, the Rev. D. Dixon Kinser leads participants through a four-week class exploring the place politics does and does not have in the Church, as well the place the Church does as well as does not have in politics. Designed to take place during the 2020 Presidential contest, this class mixes lecture, multi-media, and spiritual practices … Continue reading The Governance of God 2020?: How to Be Politically Christian in the Modern World

How to Discuss Politics and Not Lose Your Religion

Zoom
Virtual Event

Politics and religion….we all know that these aren’t topics that we discuss. But what if we challenged ourselves to discuss these topics, especially with those who hold beliefs different than ours? We invite you to join us as we practice discussing current political topics in a way that allows us to understand the perspective of … Continue reading How to Discuss Politics and Not Lose Your Religion

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