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Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.
-- Psalm 25:4-5

The St. James Center for Spiritual Formation

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We are all on a spiritual journey—a journey to understand how to love God with all our heart, mind and strength and love our neighbor as ourselves. The mission of the Center for Spiritual Formation is Providing food for the journey. Our charge is to provide programs of spiritual nourishment for adults. We do that by offering a variety of opportunities for prayer, study and service. 

Recurring Programs

Adult education programs are part of what we provide through the Center.

Some of our programs have included:

  • a series on the liturgical seasons, taught by our clergy, on what to expect and why we use certain colors, songs and prayers for that season.
  • a series on pilgrimage where clergy and laity in our church share their experiences of pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to Santiago de Compestela, to Ireland and to Bolivia.
  • a series on our service in the world offering us a view of Stephen Ministry, prison ministry and ministry to the homeless and hungry by those who are actively and prayerfully engaged in these ministries.

Check our front page, or our weekly newsletters for current offerings not outlined, here.

Some find music is a way to encounter the divine. The Summer Sounds at St. James program provides quality musical performances in a variety of genres every Wednesday in July. This is also a chance for us to share the beauty of our worship space and the hospitality of our St. James congregation with those outside our parish family.

Others find a sacred connection more easily through silence. A Centering Prayer group meets every Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Presence on the third floor of the Ministries Center. We sit together in prayerful silence as a way of making ourselves available to God's healing presence in our lives.

Meditative Yoga, in relaxed styles accessible to almost everyone, is offered four times monthly, in the CSF Atrium on the third floor of the Ministries Center at St. James. Carmen Board leads sessions on the first and second Mondays, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Margaret Culbertson leads sessions on the third and fourth Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. These classes are free and open to all interested.

During Lent, we have offered retreats, and, during the ECW Friday Gumbo Lunches, host the Fr. John Moloney Preaching Series with guest preachers from the Baton Rouge community and from the Diocese. Parishioners and guests can enjoy lunch in Bishops Hall either before or after the presentation in the church at 12:05 p.m.

It is through the generous stewardship of St. James Episcopal Church and its parishioners that The Center can provide all of these programs, some of which would not happen without your contribution. The Board of the Center for Spiritual Formation thanks you for your financial support of St. James Episcopal Church that allows us to continue to offer these programs. We especially thank you on behalf of all those who are not members of our church, but who receive a blessing from what your generosity affords.

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An annual theological conference
-- Simulcast from Trinity Church, Wall Street

Trinity Institute 2017

Trinity Institute

March 22–24, 2017

Water is a gift. Water is life. As water crises increase, access to safe and clean drinking water decreases.

From Flint to Standing Rock, many of today’s most pressing social issues revolve around water. Faith communities worldwide can help.

Be part of Trinity Institute 2017: Water Justice, a global conference held in New York City and webcast all over the world. With a sharp focus on the need for water justice initiatives in areas of access, droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding, Trinity Institute aims to offer actionable guidance for individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community surrounding these issues. This year we’ll hear from Jeffrey Sachs, Christiana Peppard, Winston Halapua, Thabo Makgoba, Katharine Hayhoe, Maude Barlow, Kim Stanley Robinson, and others.

The conference is sponsored by Trinity Church, Wall Street, and will be webcast live from New York.** Read about the speakers and preliminary programs from Trinity Institute, here.

Why Water Justice?

Access to clean water is an essential human right, yet such access is increasingly compromised by droughts, pollution, rising tides, and flooding. These effects of climate change are most tangibly felt by the very people the Gospel urges us to look to—the marginalized and the vulnerable.

This conference, infused with spiritual principles and common prayer along with science and solutions, allows us to deeply examine what connects us, and empowers us to take unified, faith-based action on the front lines of the water justice movement.

Why attend Trinity Institute 2017?

Now is the time to address pressing issues of water justice, and you have the power to make a difference. At Trinity Institute 2017 you will:

  • Develop a deeper appreciation for water as a sacred gift, nurturer, and sustainer of life
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between water issues and climate change
  • Learn what individuals, organizations, and societies can do to mitigate and adapt to water issues of access, pollution, drought, flooding, and rising tides
  • Discover how the global Christian community is uniquely equipped to effect change
  • Get connected with opportunities to join existing projects and ministries
  • Receive guidance and support to create (or re-energize) effective water justice ministries in local contexts
  • Access robust educational resources, networks, and relationships to maintain ongoing impact


Trinity Institute conference this year is a central part of the JustWater Global Partnership. Learn more and find further resources on the JustWater website.

** Due to conflicting events at St. James Episcopal Church, the keynote address of Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday evening, March 22, will be viewed on delayed broadcast during the Thursday breaks (and otherwise as determined by guests/interest). The Thursday and Friday program will be simulcast live from New York as described on the Trinity Institute site. **

To register for the simulcast and guided dialogues at St. James Episcopal Church, please send us an email, here, and fill in the blanks asking which dates you (and any guests) plan to attend. There is no fee to attend the simulcast at St. James, but registration is requested so proper arrangements can be made.


  •     7:00 pm    Keynote Address - Senator Barbara Boxer

Thursday, March 23

  •     7:45 am    Registration Opens, Continental Breakfast
  •     8:00 am    Gathering in Song and Prayer 
  •     8:30 am    Session 1: “Water: Commons or Commodity?”
  •     10:00 am    Break
  •     10:30 am    Reflection Group Meeting
  •     11:45 pm    Lunch
  •     1:00 pm    Gathering in Song and Prayer
  •     1:30 pm    Session 2: The Global and the Local Speakers address issues in those cities
  •     3:00 pm    Break
  •     3:15 pm    Reflection Group Meeting

Friday, March 24

  •     7:45 am    Continental Breakfast
  •     8:00 am    Gathering in Song and Prayer
  •     8:30 am    Session 3: “What Churches Are Doing to Make a Difference”
  •     10:00 am    Break
  •     10:30 am    Reflection Group Meeting
  •     11:45 pm    Lunch
  •     1:00 pm    Session 4: “Being Agents of Change”
  •     2:00 pm    Break
  •     2:15 pm    Session 5: “What Can We Do Together?”

"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me."
-- Matthew 25:35

Hearty Breakfast at St. James

Our quarterly sit-down meals, where we graciously host our neighbors living on the streets or area homeless shelters, are now "Hearty Breakfasts at St. James," usually held on fifth Sundays, depending on church and secular calendar conflicts. Hearty Breakfasts at St. James are sponsored and managed by the St. James Center for Spiritual Formation. 

A Hearty Breakfast will be served in Bishops Hall from 8:00 until 9:00 a.m., with our parishioners and friends offering hospitality in the name of Christ to our neighbors in need.

2017 Hearty Breakfasts are on:

  • January 29, 2017
  • April 30, 2017
  • July 30, 2017
  • October 29, 2017
  • December 31, 2017

Volunteers: Sign up here for the next Hearty Breakfast by putting your name in any available spot you'd like to cover. If you have any trouble navigating the form, please make note of the spot, and email Nancy Jo Poirrier to let her know, or try on the original Google document, here.


If you're having trouble, please email Nancy Jo Poirrier, letting her know the position you'd like to fill, or go to the original Google document, here.


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