Category: 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.

Education for Ministry (EfM) 2015/2016

Education for Ministry (EfM)

Why Doubt Can Be a Gift!

What is your imagery of God, your imagery of worship, your imagery of relationship with Mystery and with your fellow man?   How do you find the words to express these imageries?  How do these imageries shape your unique story?  How does your story weave into the story of the people of God?

These questions  are at the heart of the Education for Ministry seminar. Using Scripture, Tradition, Reason/Revelation, we explore–and sometimes challenge–our understandings and relationships with our faith, church, and community.  We  explore the “fit” of our heritage and stories with our 21st-century world.

Questions are not always doubt, but the Creator Mystery calling us into deeper relationship.  EfM will not tell us WHAT to believe, but will give us tools for expression and dialogue–with each other and with God.  And, to borrow a phrase–“LOVE always listens!”

EfM – Information Session for 2015/2016 Class
Sunday, August 30, at 9:20 am

EDUCATION for MINISTRY, a 4-year, adult, self-study, extension program offered by the School of Theology, University of the South, will continue to be offered at The Cathedral of St. Andrew for the 2015/2016 academic year. Every baptized person is called to ministry–the EfM program provides people with an educational basis to carry out that ministry.

An information and enrollment session will be held during the Faith Forum on Sunday, August 30, at 9:20 am, in the Von Holt Room. The starting time for next year’s class will be Wednesday evening, September 30. For more in-depth information about the program, please visit For questions about forming the 2015/2016 class, please send an email to

Graduates of EfM: Check the Sewanee website for information on the new EfM Alumni/ae Association.


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