Explore Holy scripture and the tradition of the Church through discussion and presentation. A variety of themes are explored through passages, history, geography and theological interpretations through the ages. Please see the announcements for upcoming courses.
The Bible for Franciscans: September 14 - October 5
In this series leading up to the Feast of St. Francis on October 4th, we will look at scripture passages that played a significant role in shaping the Franciscan ethos and Francis’ approach to living the gospel. As a Franciscan tertiary in the Third Order, Society of St. Francis, Fr. Derek will facilitate and share more about his Franciscan vocation. Join us!
Education for Ministry (EfM) invites participants into small, mentored groups that provide the framework for understanding life and shaping actions as Christian faith is deepened. There are currently no EfM courses scheduled at Good Shepherd, but if you are interested in finding out more, please contact clergy.
The library provides resources for parish members who seek a greater knowledge of religion and our Episcopal faith. It also provides reading for entertainment as well as enlightenment. Located in the Ryon building, it is open when the office is open and no other meetings are scheduled in the space.
The Rector's Forum is an opportunity for us to come together for meaningful conversation about significant issues and events in our contemporary culture and society. It is a time when we can model what it means to be a Christian community and how we are called to treat each other -- even when we disagree. We meet monthly on the third Sunday (Grow Sunday!) in the Parish Hall, September - May.
The Green Bible
Exploring our Relationship with God and the Earth
Five Week Study - Begins Wednesday, April 27
In-Person at 11 AM (Location: Parish Hall)
There is no Zoom session, but the recording of the 11 AM session will be posted
Join Fr. Derek for this five-week series as we explore themes of creation care, the environment, and nature within scripture.
Catch up on previous sessions:
Witness at the Cross: Looking at Good Friday from Every Angle
Five Week Study
This five-week study will focus on the story of the crucifixion of Jesus as told by the four gospel writers. However, what will make this study unique is that each week we will view the events of the crucifixion from the perspective of a different person or group who was present when Jesus died. The study will be based on a recent book by New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine, but the book will not be required. Join Fr. Doug for this fresh approach to Holy Week and the biblical stories that shape our understanding of Jesus’ death.
Catch up on previous sessions:
Session 1 - Bystanders and Scoffers
Session 2 - The Other Victims
Session 3 - The Soldiers
New Easter Bible Study
Begins Wednesday, April 14
11:00 AM and 7:00 PM
One of the most fundamental beliefs we share as Christians is that we have been saved by grace through faith. The theme of salvation is central to the story of Jesus and the early church. But what does it mean to be saved? What difference does this make in our lives?
Throughout the season of Easter, the Wednesday Bible Study will be exploring the various concepts, images, and metaphors that the New Testament uses to describe the experience of salvation. We will meet at 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM via Zoom each Wednesday. Note that we now have an opportunity to gather in the evening for those who are not able to join us during the day.
WEEK ONE: Kingdom of God* – Political
WEEK TWO: Justification - Legal
WEEK THREE: Redemption – Economic
WEEK FOUR: Reconciliation – Relational
WEEK FIVE: Healing – Medical
WEEK SIX: Adoption – Familial
WEEK SEVEN: Sanctification - Holiness
*Recorded sessions will be available on our YouTube channel within 48 hours. Click on the links to past sessions (e.g., "WEEK ONE") above to review or catch up.