Adult Education

2014 ST. BARNABAS LECTURE SERIES
Join us for our 2nd annual fall lecture series, which calls in Christian academics who work in philosophy or religious studies to use their expertise in service to the church.

THE SCHEDULE
Sep. 16:  The First Days of Christianity (part 1):  Stephen Lloyd-Moffett
Sep. 30:  The First Days of Christianity (part 2):  Stephen Lloyd-Moffett
Oct. 14:   Kierkegaard on Christian Faith (part 1):  Eleanor Helms
Oct. 28:   Kierkegaard on Christian Faith (part 2):  Eleanor Helms
Nov. 4:    The Hiddenness of God: Problem or Solution?:  Todd R. Long

Each lecture begins at 6:30 p.m., includes a question-and-answer session, and ends at 8:00 p.m.  All are welcome, free of charge.

The First Days of Christianity (Stephen Lloyd-Moffett)
Have you ever wondered about the first hours and the first days after Christ’s death and before the Church rose?  This series of talks tries to reconstruct the origins of our faith and suggests that most of the assumptions that people make today are misguided.  What were the expectations for the Messiah? How did the disciples come to understand the purpose of Jesus?  What happened after the resurrection?  How did the Apostle Paul transform Christianity?  Join us as we attempt to rediscover the origins of Christianity and peer into the first days of Christianity.

Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett is an internationally known Religious Studies scholar and Associate Professor in the Religious Studies Program at Cal Poly.  Author of Beauty for Ashes: The Spiritual Transformation of a Modern Greek Community (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press) and the forthcoming The Soul of Wine:  Finding Religion in the Fruit of the Vine, Professor Lloyd-Moffett holds a B.A. in Economics and Film Studies from Claremont McKenna College, a Master of Theology degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara. A dynamic, popular community lecturer, he is the recipient of the Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts teaching award and the President’s Community Service Award. He manages The Lavra, an intentional community in San Luis Obispo County.

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**Regular Classes**
Adult Forum
Sundays  9:15 – 9:45 AM

The weekly forum is an informal gathering of adults each Sunday from 9:15 to 9:45 around a table in the parish hall to discuss issues of interest. Usually a series of Sundays will focus on a particular theme. In the past these have included the meaning of church seasons, the nature of worship, current events, interpretation of scripture, social action and mission work. All adults are welcome to join in.

Our retired priest, The Reverend Jeremy Bond, usually leads the conversation.

If you come to the 8:00 a.m. Eucharist, stay after for coffee and class. If you come to the 10:00, come early for coffee and class. Either way, do come and share thoughts and feelings about how to better to live our life in Christ.

Order of St. Luke – Healing Prayer Ministry
The second and fourth Monday of each month at 3:00pm

Do you want to learn about Jesus’ healings? Are you curious about healing prayer? Do you need healing prayers for yourself or someone you love? Would you like to explore helping with the healing prayer station at the back of the nave on Sunday mornings? If you answer yes to any of these come to the meeting of the Order of St. Luke on the Second and Fourth Wednesday of each month at 1:00 in the conference room off the parish hall. If you want more information, please contact Chris Finch.

Centering Prayer
Mondays at 5:00 PM

The Centering Prayer group is now meeting ever Monday evening at 5:00 in the meeting room behind the Parish Hall. We begin by either watching a video of Thomas Keating or Lectio Divina (a contemplative form of Bible Study). We then sit in the silence of Centering Prayer together for 20 minutes. All are welcome. If you are not familiar with Centering Prayer we will be happy to introduce you to this method of contemplation.

The Episcopal Church 101
Offered several times a year

An introduction to the beliefs, history and worship of the Episcopal Church

If you are new to the Episcopal Church or are looking for a refresher course to update your understanding of what it means to be an Episcopalian, this is the class for you. A review of the foundations of our faith, sometimes called the three legged stool (scripture, tradition and reason), a look back at our history, an explanation how we worship and a discussion of the workings of the parish, diocese, the Episcopal Church and the greater Anglican Communion are all a part of this class.

Highlight of 2013: St. Barnabas 2013 Fall Lecture Series

The St. Barnabas 2013 Lecture Series continues with a four-part series on Philosophy and the Christian Faith, presented by Dr. Todd R. Long, Associate Professor of Philosophy. The first two lectures will be on the topic of the rationality of Christian belief. Can Christian beliefs be rational, reasonable, or justified in a way that counts toward knowledge? The second two lectures will focus on the problem of evil. Christians believe that an all-powerful, all-knowing, wholly good, perfectly loving God exists, but how and why could such a God allow the horrible evils we know about to occur? The lectures are designed to provide intellectual support to reflective Christians who wrestle with, or are puzzled about, philosophical questions concerning theology, faith, and practice, but the lectures will not assume any prior familiarity with philosophical content.

Learn more about Dr. Long by clicking here.

Click on the tracks below to listen to the lectures presented by Dr. Long

Dr. Stephen Lloyd-Moffett, internationally known Religious Studies scholar and Associate Professor in the Religious Studies Program at Cal Poly, presented a two-part series on Islam and Christianity at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church from 6:30–8:00 p.m. on September 17 and October 1. Author of Beauty for Ashes: The Spiritual Transformation of a Modern Greek Community and the forthcoming The Soul of Wine: In Vino Sanctus, Professor Lloyd-Moffett holds a Master of Theology degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara. A dynamic, popular community lecturer, he is the recipient the Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts teaching award and the President’s Community Service Award.

Click on the tracks below to listen to the lectures presented by Dr. Lloyd-Moffett