“Our steps are directed by God who strengthens those who walk in the way.” Psalm 37:24
The Adult Formation Program seeks to provide a variety of opportunities for deepening our understanding of our Christian heritage, for engaging with the intersection of our faith and mission in the world, for nurturing ourselves and our families, and for growing together as Christians. The committee sponsors a regular Sunday morning program at 9:00 and 11:15 am as well as Quiet Days, workshops, and weekday offerings. Our offerings are designed in style and content to respond to the varied needs of parishioners. Led by our clergy, members of the congregation, and outside guests, our adult events include concerts, lectures, seminars, forums, webinars, book groups, movie series, quiet days, and Bible study.
The Sunday Adult Class was instituted in the nineteen-fifties. Touching on every aspect of living as a follower of Christ, this program quickly became one of Epiphany’s most appreciated offerings.
Sunday Morning Formation
9:00 am The Word Today: Lectionary Bible Study
We gather in the library for a member-led, relaxed, and friendly study of the day's lectionary readings connecting our faith journeys with the texts.
11:15 am Christ in Community
Please note that the second Sunday of each month is devoted to fellowship
Keeping a Holy Lent: Reading and meditating on the Book of Job
Why does an all-powerful God allow good people to suffer? Where do we look for inspiration and insight into the theological and ethical aspects of our lives?
The Old Testament book of Job offers a magnificent starting place for these questions. Righteousness won’t protect Job from evil and suffering. Well meaning friends don’t help him either. What happens when God and Job meet?
Join us this season of Lent for an engaging five-week study on the Book of Job, one of the great classics of literature. We’ll read the translation by Stephen Mitchell, much acclaimed for its eloquence, vigor, and intensity.
The Sunday forums will take place at 11:15 in Hadley Hall on 5, 12, 19, and 26 March and 2 April. On the 26th we will welcome back an old friend, Old Testament Scholar and Yale Divinity School Professor Gregory Mobley to join in our conversation about Job.
Small Groups for Study, Prayer, and Fellowship
A weekly Bible study group at Epiphany meets on Thursdays at 9:30 am in the Suter Room. For 90 minutes, the group enjoys an in-depth discussion and analysis of the book of Luke. For information, contact John Jenke.
Winter 2017: Pauline Epistles
During the seasons of Advent and Lent, a Saturday Quiet Day is offered at the church. A Quiet Day is a half-day retreat offering three meditations interspersed with silence and prayer.
The entire parish building is set aside this morning for quiet prayer following three short meditations. During the quiet time, those who wish can meet with the leader for individual confession or for a conversation. The day concludes with noonday prayers in the Nave. It is not necessary to commit to the entire morning — feel free to come for as much or as little as your schedule permits. All are welcome!
Education for Ministry (EFM)
Do you feel called to guide others in faith? This is a distance learning, theological education program designed by the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Completion of the program takes four years, during which participants study the Old and New Testaments, church history, and Christian theology. Participants commit one year at a time to meet weekly in seminars led by a trained mentor. Through weekly reading assignments, group discussion and theological reflection, participants develop knowledge and confidence about the ministry we are each called to in Baptism. For more information, contact Rich Goldhor or Jason Kinchen.
New to the community? Please consider coming to a Discover Epiphany gathering — a one hour, informal conversation to introduce ourselves and answer any questions you may have. We meet a few times throughout the year with our Rector and members of the Welcoming Commission.
Men’s Breakfast Group
We meet every Tuesday morning from 7:15 to 8:30 am in the Suter Room. The group begins with breakfast (bagels, coffee, tea) and fellowship for the first 30 minutes. Following is a reading and open discussion for the next 45 minutes. For more information, contact Didier Collin de Casauban.
Women's Spirituality Group
The Women's Spirituality Group gathers on the first Wednesday of the month sharing a light lunch from 12:30 till 2:00pm to companion one another in our spiritual lives. We read poetry, essays, and books. We laugh, cry, write, talk, and sometimes meditate. It's member-led and different each month. All women of Epiphany are welcome to join us. We meet in the Jeanne Sproat Room at Epiphany.