Formation & Fellowship

Lenten Series

2021 Lenten Series: The Way of Love: A Practical Guide to Following Jesus

This Lent take on the practice of love! 

Not long ago, Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, gathered a small group to meet with him for two days in Atlanta. He had spent the last couple of years challenging his church to claim the mantle of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. It was time to think about how to build on that challenging and inviting message – what would be the spiritual practices necessary.  The Way of Love is the fruit of that conversation. 

As Bishop Curry’s invitation to spiritual practices, The Way of Love uses seven key verbs: Turn. Learn. Pray. Worship. Bless. Go. Rest. This book and our conversation in Lent and Easter will be an exploration of what these verbs mean in the context of our life of faith.  Join us Wednesday evenings online at 7:30pm starting February 24 for this extraordinary conversation.  We will pause the first Wednesday of the month as our own “rest” and also include a special session in Holy Week. 

Each week our panel will be joined by a special guest from our parish – to hear their own perspective on The Way, as well as their experience on what they have found helpful in these months of the pandemic.

This year’s series will feature a new format that makes it possible to either participate on your owns schedule and/or share the conversation with others.  During our scheduled Wednesday conversations, participants online can interact with their own questions and comments via the chat and Q/A feature of Zoom.  Each conversation will also record the panel conversation so others can click and watch at their leisure via our YouTube channel which would be posted by the weekend.

CLICK HERE for a Series Schedule

Here is the link for each conversation (same link for each week):
All attendees will need to use the link below to attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81881742688

Women on the Journey Covenant Group

Women on the Journey is a weekday opportunity for women to reflect on their lives as Christians in the world and to study the Bible in a small group setting. The gatherings focus on the joys and challenges of living our faith in all facets of our lives. Each meeting will include Bible Study as well as readings from the selected book. This year’s group is using Sabbath: Finding Rest. Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller. Copies of the book can be purchased through Amazon or at Christian book.com.

Published in 1999, Sabbath has become one of those books to be read over and over again. With our upended lives and plans and a sense of overwhelming responsibility, Sabbath is both relevant and needed by us all. It is a timely classic that will let us look at ourselves as we discover how to create sabbath time as an essential element of health and renewal.

The group meets on Zoom weekly on Mondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., beginning October 12 and continuing through May with a break between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you have questions, contact Heather at hwiseman@ stthomasepiscopal.org

Sisters of the Holy Grail

Sisters of the Holy Grail is a women’s fellowship & formation group gathering on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Due to the change in meeting format, group members have chosen to have a book study for the program year. The group will be reading From Widows to Warriors: Women’s Stories from the Old Testament by Lynn Japigna. Each meeting is meant to stand alone focusing on one or more specific women. Copies of the book can be purchased through Amazon or at christianbook.com.

In this book, Lynn Japinga acquaints us with the women of the Old Testament. From flawed heroes like Ruth and Rahab to fierce fighters like Deborah and Jael, we will encounter a wealth of foremothers in the faith in all their messy, yet redeemable, humanity. For too long the women of the Bible have been depicted in one-dimensional terms. However, the women of the Bible are complex, multidimensional individuals whose lives are inspiring, funny, and tragic in ways too many of us never hear. This book introduces and retells every female character, diving deeply into what each woman’s story means for us today.

Due to restrictions for the coronavirus, our in-person meetings cannot take place at this time. We will meet on Zoom monthly on the fourth Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 p.m. beginning October 28th until such time as in-person gatherings are possible. If you have questions, contact Heather at hwiseman@stthomasepiscopal.org