Adult Formation

Gospel Reflections Program

The Gospel Reflections program, which started in May, 2017, meets each Sunday from 9:14-10 am in the Manger (former Dean’s office). It is based on the “African Bible Study” process previously used here by Dan Benedict and colleagues. No prior knowledge is needed of the tradition, since it is based on personally interacting with the gospel of the Sunday and its meaning in your life. No long term commitment is needed, just come as you are and when you can!

This Bible study method was introduced at the Lambeth Conference, a gathering of bishops of the Anglican Communion. It is known by both names: “Lambeth” and “African.”

Opening Prayer: O Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scripture to be written for our learning. Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

  1. One person reads passage slowly.
  2. Each person identifies the word or phrase that catches their attention ( 1 minute ).
  3. Each shares the word or phrase around the group ( 3-5 minutes, NO DISCUSSION ).
  4. Another person reads the passage slowly ( from a different translation if possible ).
  5. Each person identifies where this passage touches their life today ( 1 minute ).
  6. Each shares ( 3-5 minutes, NO DISCUSSION ).
  7. Passage is read a third time (another reader and translation if possible).
  8. Each person names or writes “From what I’ve heard and shared, what do I believe God wants me to do or be? Is God inviting me to change in any way?” ( 5 minutes )
  9. Each person shares their answer ( 5-10 minutes, NO DISCUSSION )
  10. Each prayers for the person on their right, naming what was shared in the other steps ( 5 minutes ).

Close with the Lord’s Prayer and SILENCE.

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A Lenten Self-Study – Reflections on Compassion

LENT 4 – Sunday March 26th – Reflections on Compassion

Thanks to those who came to our excellent dinner discussion last Sunday! We will meet for a lunch finale on April 2nd, sharing our comments and unanswered questions from the five-week journey. Please sign up for this final meal meeting by emailing Melvia Kawashima, <melviak@hotmail.com>.

You can follow the discussion, including past weeks as well the current one, on our web site following the menu selections Spiritual Formation/Adult Formation, or bookmarking this link. Scroll down to see the introduction to each week’s discussion; click the button “Read More” to see the whole discussion, including participants’ comments. You are invited to comment on any of these discussions!

  • The Tenth Step – Knowledge How have you been misunderstood? Do you think you might also have misunderstood or misinterpreted a topic due to lack of knowledge?
  • The Eleventh Step – Recognition How in your life have you struggled with an enemy and with yourself toward reconciliation?
  • The Twelfth Step – Love Your Enemies Who inspires you to want to love your enemies?

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A Lenten Self-Study – Reflections on Compassion

Lent 3 – Sunday March 19

We meet for supper discussion this week, Sunday March 19th, 5 pm before Compline. See the menu and agenda here. Please sign up now, by emailing Melvia Kawashima, melviak@hotmail.com>. The final meeting will be a noon lunch finale on April 2, sharing our comments and unanswered questions from the five-week journey.

Using Karen Armstrong’s best seller, 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life as a resource and reading reference, we ponder questions below during this week:

  • The Seventh Step – How Little We Know!
    How does acknowledging and honoring the mystery of life and of each other contribute to our capacity for compassion?
  • The Eighth StepHow Should We Speak to One Another?
    What do you bring to personal and professional discussions or arguments?
    Do you make a “place for the other” or do you try to advance your argument?
  • The Ninth Step – Concern for Everybody
    How would a nonviolent approach work?
    What qualities of mind and heart would it require?

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Lenten Self-study, Lent 2

A Lenten Self-Study– REFLECTIONS ON COMPASSION
Lent 2 – Sunday March 12

A Lenten Self-Study– REFLECTIONS ON COMPASSION

Lent 2 – Sunday March 12

We meet for supper discussion on Sunday March 19th, 5 pm before Compline, and for a noon lunch finale on April 2nd, sharing our comments and unanswered questions from the five-week journey. Please sign up for the two meal meetings; the weekly sessions are purely your own time by yourself. – Melvia Kawashima

Using Karen Armstrong’s best seller, 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life as a resource and reading reference, we ponder questions below during this week:

  • The Fourth Step – Empathy
    How do you protect yourself from suffering?
    How has your life experience affected your choice of avocation or vocation?
  • The Fifth Step – Concern for Everybody Are you able to live in the present moment?
    How do your emotions or reactions control you?
  • The Sixth Step – Action
    How often are you conscious of thinking or behaving in a hurtful way?
    Has this consciousness helped you to stop or shift your thoughts or actions?

To participate in our online discussion, click “Read More” below and sign in as needed!

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Lenten Self-Study 2017

A Lenten Self-Study– REFLECTIONS ON COMPASSION

Welcome to Lent – a season when we go inward to our spiritual selves to learn, question, ponder some big eternal questions: Who am I? What do I need to do with my life? What does God want me to do?

Using Karen Armstrong’s best seller, “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life,” as a resource and personal reading reference, we will ponder questions based on her “12 steps” on our own time over five weeks of Lent. The 6th week is Palm Sunday, then Easter!

We will “check in” for supper & discussion at midpoint, Sunday March 19th, and wrap up with a lunch finale on the 5th Sunday, April 2nd, sharing our comments and unanswered questions from the five week journey. Please sign up for the two meal meetings, but the weekly sessions are purely your own time by yourself.

To participate in our online discussion, click “Read More” below and sign in as needed!

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The Book Club at St. Andrews

The Book Club is currently on hiatus for the summer. Watch for announcements in the Fall! Questions: contact Paul Reeser 923-1738

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EDUCATION for MINISTRY GRADUATES

The University of the South, School of Theology is proud to commend to you the following Cathedral of St. Andrew parishioners, who have completed the program of Theological Education by Extension, Education for Ministry as provided and administered by the School: Ann Katherine Reimers, Melvia C. Kawashima, and Seena Clowser. Many congratulations!

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