St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Adult Formation Programs

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St. Columba’s offers a number of formal opportunities for adult formation and spiritual growth. Click on the following links for more information:

Sunday Forum
Preparation for Adult Baptism or Commitment
Courses of Faith and Spirit
Education for Ministry (EfM)
Annual Parish Retreat
Advent and Lent Days of Reflection

Sunday Forum (10:15 to 11:05 am)

Join us in the Great Hall on most Sundays during the program year, for presentations that stimulate our imagination about living the Christian life in this community, in today’s changing world. Presentations by the rector and lay leaders are formative for our life as active members of the parish, and we also invite distinguished outside speakers to challenge us on a wide range of current issues. Forums include time for discussion. Click here for upcoming Sunday Forum topics or for recent Sunday Forum presentations.

Contact: Peter Antoci (pantoci@columba.org)

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Preparation for Adult Baptism or Commitment

Our annual Commitment and Faith class is designed for anyone over 16 who wants to prepare for baptism or confirmation, to be formally received into the Episcopal Church, or desires to reaffirm their Christian commitment as adults. The program explores the basics of Christian belief and practice, and the worship, traditions and values of the Episcopal Church.

Contact: Rose Duncan (rduncan@columba.org)

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Courses of Faith and Spirit: Programs for Children and Classes for Adults

Join us on weekday evenings for Courses of Faith and Spirit, offering a wide range of thought-provoking topics. The Fall I and II, Winter, Lent and Spring sessions last five weeks, and offer participants a choice of at least three classes. Classes explore such topics as scripture, church history, worship, interfaith dialogue, spirituality, the arts, and religion and social Issues. Click here for upcoming class descriptions and registration.

Contact: Peter Antoci (pantoci@columba.org)

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Annual Parish Retreat

Every year in the fall we offer a traditional weekend retreat designed to help people deepen their connection with God through prayer, quiet and reflection. These retreats are usually held at Holy Cross Monastery, a hospitable Episcopal Benedictine community located on the west bank of the Hudson River in upstate New York. We also use retreat houses closer to Washington. Our retreats include substantial periods of silence that can be very healing for those with busy lives.

Contact: Peter Antoci (pantoci@columba.org)

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Small, secluded stone hut on grounds of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, N.Y. Photo: Wayne C. Fowler

Days of Reflection

Join us at St. C’s on a Saturday in early Advent, and again in Lent, for a day of quiet reflection and prayer. Lasting from 9 am to mid-afternoon, these days include several addresses by one of the clergy or a visiting leader, designed to help us pray and enter into the spirit of the season. Silence is maintained in the building so that participants can use this opportunity to focus quietly on the presence and love of God. All are welcome and we encourage you to invite your friends. A simple lunch is provided.

Contact: Peter Antoci (pantoci@columba.org)

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Click on the following link for information about recent or upcoming programs:

Sunday Forum Recordings
Upcoming Sunday Forums
 

Photo: Andrew Trotter


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