W e believe that all people seek meaning for their lives. This quest for meaning usually raises three questions for the one on the journey: Who am I? Why am I here? How then shall I live? These core questions return at different age stages of life and at times of crisis, loss and change. We seek to meet you at whatever stage or time in your life you find us.

We understand the role of Christian Education is not so much to provide answers to the questions raised by life, but to offer a supportive and informed setting for the questions to be lived and explored. The container for the journey is the Christian faith as received by the Episcopal (Anglican) tradition. The Bible and your own gift of reason are highly valued as sources of wisdom. The overall goal of our program is to help you become who you were created to be, and to be a faithful Christ Bearer in a world aching for hope, wholeness and peace.

For us, learning comes formally through classes, preaching and worship but also informally by participating in Christian community and ministry.

SUNDAY CLASSES:  Sunday, 9:15am to 10:15am September – May
Adults gather to further their spiritual growth by taking part in our Adult Education classes.

Exploring the work of Black Theologians in the Church
September 17, 24, October 1, 8
Facilitator:  The Rev. Dr. Corinne Crammer

The Bishop has requested churches in the diocese plan activities in September that address racism. Although the names of many civil rights activists are well known, Americans are less familiar with the work of black theologians who challenged African American Christians to address unjust social structures. Their work has also influenced other Christian liberation movements throughout the world.

September 17 –  Howard Thurman – Corinne Crammer, September 24 –  Martin Luther King, Jr. – Scotty Greene, October 1 –  James Cone – Dan Beck, October 8 – Delores Williams and other womanist theologians – Corinne Crammer

Corinne Crammer is an Assisting Priest and regular worshiper and teacher at St Bartholomew’s.

Newcomers Series
September 24, October 1, 8
9:30 a.m.,The Brooks Room
Facilitators : the Rev. Allan Sandlin, the Rev. Beverley Elliott, Mr. Bob VanKeuren

New to St. Bartholomew’s?  We welcome you.  Have some questions?  Want to know who we are as a parish and denomination?  Want us to listen to your story and hopes?  In these 3 sessions you will have a chance to taste each of these.  Meet the interim and associate rectors and take a tour of the church.

Politics Now and the Ministry of Reconciliation
October 15, 22, November 5,12
9:30 a.m.  Parish Hall Meeting Room
Presenters:  Dr. John Roberts, Virginia Murray

As Christians we are called to be peacemakers, to help reconcile the world to God through Christ (2 Cor 5:18). But in the increasingly polarized state of our politics, this ministry of reconciliation is more and more challenging—especially now. We will compare our experiences and explore mediation strategies from social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University‘s Stern School of Business, as well as others from the field.

The Reformation of the Church and the World: 500th Anniversary Reflection
October 29
9:30 a.m.   Parish Hall Meeting Room
Presenter: Dr. John Witte, Jr.

The Protestant Reformation, inaugurated by Martin Luther 500 years ago, was a revolutionary movement. It transformed theology, worship, catechesis, and church life.  It revolutionized art, music, literature, architecture, iconography, and aesthetics.  It transformed economics, trade, commerce, banking, colonization, and more.  It unleashed radical new campaigns for freedom and equality, democracy and constitutional order, sometimes triggering violent political rejoinders.  And the Reformation caused a massive shift of power, property, and prerogatives from the church to the state, together with major reforms to the laws of family, education, and social welfare. This class will offer a brisk tour of this kaleidoscopic impact of the Reformation and the implications of this movement for us still today.

John Witte, Jr., a member of St. Bart’s, is Robert W. Woodruff University Professor of Law and Director of the Law and Religion Center at Emory University.  He has published 30 books and 250 articles, and lectured throughout the world.

What to Listen For…
November 19, 9:30 a.m., Parish Hall Meeting Room
Presenter:  Mr. Shannon Gallier, Organist Choirmaster,  St Bartholomew’s 

Join Organist-Choirmaster Shannon Gallier in an overview of music for the Advent and Christmas Seasons. Shannon will explain what goes into it all – and how music fits into the church and the greater scheme of building God’s Kingdom. Learn how music is chosen and rehearsed. Listen to examples of choral music with explanation of compositional style. Learn the history of various styles of music and about composers featured through Advent & Christmas. Attending this class will enhance your musical and spiritual experience of Advent & Christmas.

Advent Event for all Ages
Sunday before Advent One
November 26, 9:30 a.m., Parish Hall and Meeting Room

The season of Advent is a time for waiting and preparation to come close to the mystery of the Incarnation of our Lord, Christmas! Please join in to mark this season as its own, and get ready in your heart for Christmas.
Here are some of the things you can do on this fun day:

  • Make an ADVENT WREATH for your home—bring greens and cutters. Kits available for $10, sets of candles for $5. Pins are provided. If you have your wreath base from last year, please recycle it and bring it with you!
  • Gifts FOR TOCO HILLS COMMUNITY ALLIANCE will be wrapped.
  • BUY BOOKS, GIFTS and ADVENT RESOURCES:  The Cathedral Book Store will bring materials to sell and a percentage of sales will go to support the Children’s Formation Program.

The Advent Lyrics in Old English
December 3, 10, 17
9: 30 a.m., Parish Hall Meeting Room
Presenter Dr. Jim Morey

Old English was spoken in England from the mid-fifth century to well beyond the Norman Conquest in 1066.  About 30,000 lines of Old English poetry survive, including a set of poems known as the Advent Lyrics which correspond to the O Antiphons sung by the St. Bartholomew’s choir.  This three part class will introduce the basics of Old English pronunciation, grammar, and syntax, and we shall read as many of the Advent Lyrics as we can.  They are the first items in a unique manuscript at Exeter Cathedral in Cornwall, the so-called Exeter Book copied circa 1000, that is the most extensive anthology of Old English poetry.

Jim Morey is a longtime member of St Bartholomew’s and Professor of English at Emory University. 

Click here to read the 2017 Fall Adult Formation Brochure.

DREAM GROUP 
Sunday, 1:30 to 3:30pm, Amerson House, Facilitated by Howison Hollenberg

Weekday Offerings

To learn more about our
Weekday or Sunday Adult programs
contact The Rev. Beverley Elliott

Monday Night

WnW—Word in Words Book Group
2nd Monday each month, 7:30pm, Brooks Room
All readers are welcome to this group which chooses books that are fiction and available in paperback. We welcome you to join us on a regular basis, or whenever you see a title that interests you! Look for upcoming books listed in the Weekly Green Sheet. For more information, please contact Molly Mitchell mlmitc2@emory.edu.

Women’s Spirituality Book Group
3rd Mondays of the month, 7:00 to 8:30pm, September to May, Brooks Room
Our books are chosen by consensus of the group. For more information, contact Marian Gordin, mkgordin@comcast.net.

Tuesday Night

Contemplative Centering Prayer
Tuesdays, 6:15pm to 7:15pm, Amerson House, Facilitated by Rev. Beverley Elliott
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer where the purpose is to rest in God and receive God as God is.  Basic instruction with discussion will be given each session, followed by 20 minutes of silent prayer. Time will be made to explore prayer and the contemplative life in general. For more information, please contact Rev. Beverly Elliott at bev@stbartsatlanta.org or 404-634 3336.

Education For Minsitry (EfM):
Tuesdays, 6:30pm, Brooks Room, Facilitated by Marcia King
EfM is a four-year seminar in Christianity for adults covering the entire sweep of the Christian tradition from the earliest period to the present. Participants, who commit for one year at a time, meet every week over the academic year. EfM teaches the seminarian how to think theologically, deepen understanding of scripture and of church history, challenge assumptions, and expand the universe of faith. For more information, please contact Marcia King at marciaking721@gmail.com or visit www.efm.sewanee.edu.

Wednesday Night
6:30pm to 7:30pm, Taylor Room
Join us mid-week for study and conversation on a particular topic pertaining to the church.