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Formation Connections

Christian During COVID (Zoom)

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 pm

Our clergy will host a conversation each week addressing your areas of concern, be they pastoral, ethical, biblical, or theological in nature. You’re invited to the discussion.

Submit your concerns or ideas or thoughts at:

To join over Zoom, contact:

Monastic Wisdom for Life During COVID (Zoom)

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Meet your fellow Doer’s and spiritual directors Br. Leo Campos, Richard Rumble, and Fontaine Williamson at Br. Leo’s “e-cloister” for a mindful and prayerful encounter with our hearts and souls. Come as you are, bring a cup of tea and a snack, and settle down for a lively and open conversation about our lives, and search together for some practical wisdom for the issues we face in the treasure trove of the monastic tradition.

To join over Zoom, contact:

Br. Leo Campos,

Intentional Spirituality Group (Zoom)

First and Third Sundays of the Month, 2:00 p.m.

What does it mean to be spiritual as a Christian? How can we develop spiritual disciplines that bring us closer to Christ daily? Led by Br. Leo Campos and the Rev. Hilary Streever, the Intentional Spirituality Group is a holy space for walking in the Way of Christ together. We share ancient and new spiritual practices, prayerfully read relevant books together, hold each other accountable to disciplines, and support each other in the Way. The group also meets for retreats. Drop in or come regularly!

To join over Zoom, contact:

Br. Leo Campos,

The Artist’s Way: A Transformative Opportunity (Zoom) — FULL

Beginning Tuesday, April 21, 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.

As we begin the post-Easter season and spring is upon us, the Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper invites persons interested in sharing their interest and experience in changing the way they live and think.  Mark+ used the book The Artist’s Way on a cross country bike trip some years ago and found it helpful in giving him food for thought as he rode.  It has been twenty-five years since that ride and he would like to revisit the book with some others who would like to reflect on their past and future hopes.  We will meet for an hour and fifteen minutes for six weeks to discuss chapters in the book and see where we go from there.

To join over Zoom, contact:

The Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper,

SelfStarters Gathering (Zoom)

Second Wednesday of the month at 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Entrepreneurs, freelancers, sole-practitioners, and self-employed workers have this monthly place to go to share ideas, offer support, provide guidance, hear meaningful presentations, and network with other SelfStarters. This is a group that both nurtures and challenges our members in a warm and open environment, never forgetting to reflect on our business issues through the prism of our Christian faith.

To join over Zoom, contact:

Jay Sandusky, or

The Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper,

The Permanent Things Book Study (Phone Conferencing)

Second and Fourth Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

“If you are a theologian you truly pray. If you truly pray you are a theologian,” said St. Evagrius. If you want to deepen your faith through the words of theological greats and classic works of theology, this group is for you. At the moment we are reading selections from Devotional Classics compiled by Richard J. Foster. We read a variety of genres, prayerfully unpacking each work slowly together. Recent authors include C.S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers.

To join us via phone conferencing, contact:

the Rev. Hilary Streever,

The Tuesday Readers Book Club  (Zoom)

Fourth Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Group discussion of civil rights activities in Richmond and beyond, 1930-1960. Input from your professional expertise and experiences welcomed.

May 28        Book Discussion

To join us over Zoom, contact:

Diane Dodd-McCue,;

Mary Lou Rumble,

Brown Bag Book Club (Zoom)

First Thursdays, 11:30  to 12:30 p.m.

Join in on the fun discussion!

May 7              Mothers and strangers: essays on motherhood from the new South, edited by Samia Serageldin and Lee Smith

June 7            Becoming, by Michelle Obama

August 6        Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate

To join over Zoom, contact:

Linda Owen,

Daily Devotional for Moms of Preschool Aged Children (Via the YouVersion Bible App)

Monday through Friday, participants can log into the app for a daily devotional and corresponding Bible passages. The current 12-week study is about Christian motherhood. Participants can read along at their own pace, and there is an opportunity for reflection at the end of each day’s study. This has proven to be a flexible way to be in faith community and to engage with fellow moms facing similar circumstances during this strange time. The YouVersion Bible app is free to download online.

Contact to learn more or be added to the distribution list:

Becky Page,

Kirkland Hagerty,

Tuesday Men’s Bible Study (Webex)

Tuesdays 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

A weekly hour of great fellowship and lively discussion. Areas of study for this group have included the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, the Book of Acts, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Genesis, and Exodus.

To join over Webex, contact:

Trent McFadden,;

Patrick Strickler,

Women’s Bible Wisdom (Zoom)

Second and Fourth Tuesdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

This Bible study meets twice a month to read together through a biblical book or theme at a time. We explore when and under what conditions the passages were written, and prayerfully ask how God is speaking through them now to us as Christ’s followers. This year we continue with the stories of Saul & David in 2 Samuel.

To join over Zoom, contact:

Mary Lou Rumble,

The Rev. Hilary Streever,

Thursday Men’s Bible Study Breakfast (Zoom)

Every other Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

Though we can no longer prepare breakfast for each other, we are still meeting!

To join over Zoom, contact:

Tom Baker,

Living Faith Bible Study (Email)

At the moment, the Living Faith Bible Study receives an email each week from the Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper on the upcoming Sunday’s lectionary readings.

To be added to the email list, contact:

Mark Cooper,,

Betse Trice,


Lectionary Ladies (Email)

Until mid-May, the Lectionary Ladies will receive a reflection by email each week from the Rev. Dr. Thom Blair on the upcoming Sunday’s lectionary readings.

To be added to the email list, contact:

Kitsie Garland,

The Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life

“More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. It’s a commitment to follow Jesus.” Introduced by the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry in 2019, the Way of Love webpage offers many resources to help your commitments to the Way of Love, including introductory materials, videos, podcasts, and materials for families and children.

Various Offerings from Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill is a local ecumenical intentional Christian community which hosts retreats, small groups, and classes, many of which are now online and on Zoom.

Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace: Civil Discourse Training (Zoom)

from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

Monday, May 11, at 2:00 PM

Political divides are growing deeper, and many of us look to ahead in 2020 with concern and worry Peacebuilding involves learning from and working with others, while also sharing different perspectives with humility and vulnerability. To solve our world’s greatest challenges, we must learn to unlock the diversity of ideas and viewpoints as an asset for creating stronger solutions. Alan Yarborough of the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations leads this civil discourse training designed to enhance our ability to learn from and understand one another, and to apply that practice to public policy conversations.

Online Bible Study Resource

from The Episcopal Church

Healing Prayer

The St. Phoebe School for Deacons will be offering virtual Prayers for Healing on 11:00 ET using a form from Enriching our Worship, to augment their daily Morning Prayer. The Zoom link will be posted the day prior on the St. Phoebe School Virtual Chapel blog ( and Facebook page.  If you want to follow the blog, the Zoom links will be emailed to you directly with daily prayers.  If anyone would like to request specific prayers, for themselves or others, please visit the simple submission form.

St. Phoebe School participants will hold those requests in our prayers on Saturdays and throughout the week.  All are welcome.

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