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Sunday Forums and Short Courses

Our Sunday study sessions for adults include three types of engagement on a schedule that allows you to make easy choices. See the full Study Guide here.

 Short Courses
A few Sundays of the month, 10:15 to 11:00 a.m., Valentine Hall

Some Sundays, a variety of conversations will be held, covering a range of topics including prayer, Christian practices, Biblical themes, saints, eco-theology – et cetera, et cetera! Short courses will be one to three Sundays in length.

Forums and Special Presentations
Select Sundays, 10:15 to 11:00 a.m.,
Valentine Hall

We gather for a wide variety of programs on topics of Christian concern in today’s world that often feature our partners in mission. This is a chance for us to host speakers and exchange questions and ideas.

Spring 2019 Schedule

January 6Entertaining Angels: Building a Culture of Hospitality (A Short Course)
with the St. James’s Welcome Committee and Clergy
Abraham and Sarah hosted angels; Mary, Joseph and Jesus hosted shepherds and kings; the innkeeper hosted the Good Samaritan and his injured guest. What can we learn from sacred stories of welcome and hospitality, for use in our church home and daily lives?
(Valentine Hall)
January 20Outreach Project for All Ages: Love Your Neighbor Workshop
For our second Outreach Project for All Ages, we’ll learn from the City of Richmond Police’s Homelessness Outreach Partnerships Enforcement (H.O.P.E.) about homelessness in our city and helpful ways to offer kindness and material support to our neighbors who live on the streets. Then we’ll assemble “Love Your Neighbor Bags” with basic hygiene items, snacks and a handwritten card to keep in our vehicles and in our Narthex to give when we come across neighbors asking for assistance. Children with their parents, youth, and adults are all encouraged to attend! (Michaux House basement)
January 27Poverty and Crime
What is the connection between poverty and crime? You might be surprised. Come to hear Reggie Gordon, from the City of Richmond’s Office of Community Wealth Building. (Valentine Hall)
February 3Parenting Forum: Mental Health in Today’s Teens and Tweens: How Can Parents Help
The Rev. Deacon Peggy Newman, LCSW, joins us to discuss the troubling rise of depression and other mental health issues among teenagers and tweens. Deacon Newman practices at the Virginia Institute for Pastoral Counseling, where her focus includes work with depression, anxiety, trauma history, crisis, hospice and substance abuse. (Valentine Hall)
February 10St. Paul: A Man Misunderstood
with Gar Anderson, Ph.D
Paul is the saint we love to hate — but does he deserve this critique? Gar Anderson, president, provost, and professor of New Testament at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, joins us from Wisconsin to explore who Paul was and what he said.
February 24Annual Parish Meeting
You’re invited to this important, once-a-year meeting to learn from the rector and leaders of our vestry about the mission, buildings & grounds, and finances of our parish.
March 3St. James’s Children’s Center Reception
with Debbie Lickey, Director of the St. James’s Children’s Center (Valentine Hall)
Sundays in Lent: March 10 through April 7
Who are those Episcopalians? Where did we come from and what do we believe and practice? Whether you’re from another denomination or a lifelong Episcopalian, there’s always more to learn about our basic beliefs and roots. NOTE: This short course series, when combined with Wednesday evening small group discussion, also serves to prepare adults for confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation of baptismal vows (if interested in this track, contact Anita Lisk).
March 10Introduction to the Anglican Tradition
with the Rev. Dr. John McCard(Valentine Hall)
March 17God Said What? Episcopalians and the Holy Word
with the Rev. Dr. Mark Cooper (Valentine Hall)
March 24Beyond Henry VIII and his Wives: A Brief History of the Episcopal Church
with the Rev. Dr. Bob Friend (Valentine Hall)
March 31Outward & Visible Signs of Inward & Spiritual Grace: Sacraments
with the Rev. Hilary Streever (Valentine Hall)
April 7rship, Prayer, the BCP and Spiritual Leaders in the Anglican Tradition
with the Rev. Dr. John McCard (Valentine Hall)
April 28Children and Youth Ministries Celebration/strong>
(Valentine Hall)
with Karen Stanley, Chief Executive Officer of CARITAS
One of St. James’s partners in mission, CARITAS’s mission is to “help our most vulnerable neighbors break the cycles of homelessness and addiction to reclaim their dignity.” Come learn about this powerful and effective ministry and its future plans of the CARITAS Center which will include The Healing Place for Women from our own parishioner and vestry member Karen Stanley. (Valentine Hall)

Regularly Meeting Sunday Opportunities

Sunday Bible Study
Most Sundays of the month, 10:15 a.m., Parkinson Room, with the Rev. Dr. Thom Blair, Jr.

Intentional Spirituality Group
First Sunday of the month, 10:15 a.m., Peterkin Parlor, with Brother Leo Campos and the Rev. Hilary Streever.

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