Formation & Fellowship

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

Faith and Racial Justice

The events of this spring and summer raise continuing questions in our society about racial equity and justice. People of faith must ask themselves – what is my role in a just, equitable, and loving society? “What does our faith say about racial injustice and what does it call us to do about it?”

This fall, we will convene a virtual book discussion of Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America, authored by late Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. His book is a compelling examination of the need to reconcile institutional racism with the mandates of our Christian faith. The need to act/vote our requirements for the kind of nation promised by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The need to embody the Rule of Christ in our dealings with those that seek to divide and vilify other groups out of fear and selfishness.

The focus of our discussion will be to see how we can move forward in faith and trust rather than establish blame and error. Lewis was a living example of one whose faith helped him to avoid bitterness, hatred, violent responses, and revenge, to forego retribution and economic compensation for wrongdoing, to forgive and convert enemies to his way of thinking.

The book is available from Amazon as well as other major booksellers. It is a quick and inspiring read! We will read sections of the book and discuss via a series of Zoom meetings on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. beginning November 10th, facilitated by Rev. Heather Wiseman and the Rev. Gary Givler. If you have questions, contact Heather at hwiseman@stthomasepiscopal.org