Adult Education

 

Adult Sunday School

ADULT FORUM
Sundays | 9:10-10:10am
The Sunday Adult Forum offers a large-group setting in which we explore questions, themes, and scriptures pertinent to a life of faith. Unless advertised otherwise, the Forum will meet in Bishops Hall. Contact: Fr. Drew, dharmon@stjamesbr.org

One Parish, One Book
Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10
Our parish-wide formation opportunity will be a weekly book study of Rowan Williams’ Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life. Topics to be considered will include hope, forgiveness, and faith in society. Electronic and hardcopy sign-ups will be circulated for those wishing to participate. Copies of the book will also be made available.

Exploring the Scriptures: The Gospel of John
Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7
This four-week series will delve into themes, questions, and passages in the Gospel of John. This series will feature guest presenter The Very Rev. Cynthia Kittredge, ThD, Dean, President, and Professor of New Testament at Seminary of the Southwest.

The Sacramental Imagination of C. S. Lewis
Dec 5, 12, 19
Dr. Ed Henderson, parishioner and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at LSU, will lead us through selections of C.S. Lewis’s fictional work The Screwtape Letters. Join us as we think together through the challenges of temptation and deception that are all too common to the Christian life.

A User’s Guide to the Church Calendar
Jan 30, Feb 6, 13
Ever wonder what the different liturgical colors mean or why there are no weddings during Lent? Curious about the origin of the Advent wreath or what’s so “ordinary” about Ordinary Time? Come to this three-week class in which we will explore the historical development, theology, and use of the Church calendar over the centuries.

Prayer Practices in the Christian Tradition
March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3
During the Lenten season, we’ll explore different prayer practices in the Christian tradition. Each week we’ll learn a bit about a particular way of praying and put it into practice. Practices included will be the Daily Office, Contemplative Prayer, Lectio Divina, Examen, and The Jesus Prayer.

We believe in God: The Nicene Creed in History and Practice
May 1, 8, 15, 22
Our Easter Adult Forum time will be dedicated to exploring a staple of our common worship: the Nicene Creed. Clergy-scholars from across the country will be our guides as we explore the history, content, and the Church’s use of the Creed. Presenters will include J. Warren Smith (Duke Divinity), Frederick Bauerschmidt (Loyola University, MD), and Rebecca Lyman (Church Divinity School of the Pacific).

If you’d like to view a previous lesson, visit the Adult Formation playlist on our YouTube channel.

NEW: COFFEE & CONVERSATIONS LECTIONARY STUDY
Sundays | 9:10–10:10am
For those desiring a small-group formation, St. James is pleased to offer Coffee & Conversation, a discussion-based lectionary study. This group is lay-led and a wonderful opportunity for fellowship and reflection. Coffee & Conversation will meet at The Vintage, a downtown café located at 333 Laurel Street.

Weekday Opportunities

NEW: Rector’s Tuesday Bible Study
Tuesdays | 8:15am
Each Tuesday morning, get a sneak-peak at the Sunday readings with Fr. Chris as he unpacks the context of each lesson and then facilitates a thoughtful discussion. This new ministry is open to all members of the congregation. Contact: Fr. Chris, cduncan@stjamesbr.org

Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique, four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 100,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the EfM Graduate Group will be meeting via zoom. Contact: Marsha Wade, mwade50@gmail.com225-802-8067; Ann Holmes, aholmes@lsu.edu225-936-4510

Adult Confirmation Classes
St. James offers Episcopal 101 annually, usually in the spring. Episcopal 101 is an eight-week Sunday School offering that reviews the Old and New Testaments, church history, the creeds, sacraments, and the Book of Common Prayer. Parishioners interested in either exploring confirmation, or refreshing their knowledge of the church and what it means to be an Episcopalian, are encouraged to attend. Contact: Fr. Drew Harmon, dharmon@stjamesbr.org

Saint Mary’s Group
second Tuesday of each month | 6:30pm
This intergenerational group of women gathers monthly to facilitate thought-provoking conversations and celebrate female fellowship. The group meets monthly at different members’ homes for dinner, drinks and conversation. Short on time? A specific chapter or passage will be emailed to the group before each gathering as the main topic of discussion. Contact: Jeanne Davis, jeannelyonsdavis@gmail.com

Love is the Way by Bishop Michael Curry
September 14 | Lana Venable
October 12 | Jeanne Davis
November 9 | Traci Thompson

A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal by Sarah Bessey
January 11 | Margaret Boudreaux
February 14 | Caroline Ross
March 14 | Kathryn Clifton
April 12 | Bobbi Crouch

Senior Men’s Bible Study
Wednesdays | 11am–noon
The Senior Men’s Bible Study meets weekly in the Library located on the second floor of the Ministries Center. Contact: Phillip Wright, carfiwrt@cox.net

Saint Joan of Arc Group
first Wednesday of each month | noon
After an 18-month hiatus due to COVID restrictions, Joan of Arc meetings will resume in October. St. Joan of Arc is a gathering for scholarship and fellowship. The meetings consist of a light lunch, fellowship, and a brief interactive presentation. Meetings will be held both in Coleman Hall and in members’ homes. Women’s Voices in the Church is the topic of discussion for 2021-2022. Contact: Denise Allen, dmlallen@bellsouth.net

October 6: Catered fellowship luncheon | Coleman Hall
November 3: led by Father Don | hosted by Helen Campbell
December 1: Catered Christmas luncheon | Coleman Hall
January 5: “Women in Ministry” led by Canon Shannon Duckworth | hosted by Becky Johnson
February 2: Hymns written by women led by Shannon Gallier | Coleman Hall/Church
March 2: noon service followed by light lunch in Coleman Hall
April 6: Mary Magdalene led by Marsha Wade | hosted by Mary Boutwell
May 4: Women of St. James Church | location TBA