What is traditionally called religious education, or even Sunday School, is known as Christian Formation at the cathedral. This is not just some branding effort to be different or unique. Instead, it reflects an approach to how we believe we may best grow as Christians.
Being a Christian is not only an intellectual pursuit, but also — and deeply – a matter of the heart and spirit. When we open ourselves up to the concept of formation, a formation directed by the hand of God, we move into our true callings as human persons. The act of formation becomes transformation. And in that, we learn what it truly means to be Christian. Our classes reflect this understanding.
For more information about Christian Formation programming, contact Canon Manoj Zacharia.
Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others, and all creation. Every experience in our lives can provide us with the opportunity to express our faith; the challenge we face is recognizing these opportunities and learning ways to live a sometimes countercultural life in a secular world.
The cathedral offers several Adult Forums throughout the year.
Next Adult Forum: Renowned Bibles at the Cathedral
Our Christian faith is built, in a large measure, upon Scripture. The Bible, through the ages, has played a key role in how we understand the role of God in our lives and our own responsibilities as members of God’s family. That’s why it is with great excitement that the Christian Formation and the Cathedral Library announce the acquisition of two new Bibles that represent two significant events in the publication of Scripture.
The first is a hand-decorated facsimile of two versions of the 15th century printings of the Gutenberg Bible (in Latin Vulgate), the first substantial book printed in the West with movable type. The second is the St. John’s Bible, commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University at the close of the 20th century to create the first hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible (in English) in the modern era.
Roger and Berta Lerch, retired teachers and organists who have been attending services at the cathedral for past five years, have donated the Gutenberg Bible to the cathedral. The St. John’s Bible is on loan from cathedral member Michael Bootes.
On Sunday, December 13, our Christian Formation Committee will present a forum at both 9:00 and 11:30 a.m. in the Forum Room to introduce these Bibles to the congregation. Both books will be displayed in secure cases in the library for all to appreciate.
Theology Uncorked is an opportunity to have conversations about theological topics in a casual setting. It’s God talk with refreshments! For our gathering on Sunday, November 22 at 7:00 pm, we will be viewing Noel Julnes-Dehner’s documentary, Coming Home From the Streets. Join us in the Forum Room. For more information and the fall schedule, contact Canon Manoj Zacharia. All are welcome!
Saturday, January 9, 9:00 to 11:00 am
Our Book of Common Prayer teaches us that the sacrament of Baptism “ … is (the) full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s body, the Church.” Baptism publicly proclaims something that is already true, that we are loved and claimed as God’s own, that we are part of a larger family than the one into which we were born.
In our tradition, the congregation’s presence is an important part of any Baptism. By coming together in celebration of the sacrament, our congregation is able to affirm, through its prayers, our collective commitment to Jesus Christ. For this reason, we baptize new members on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, the Easter Vigil, the Feast of Pentecost, and All Saint’s Day (as well as the Sunday following All Saints’).
The cathedral will hold a class on Saturday, January 9, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. for those interested in being baptized in the coming year. If that is you, or if you wish to have your child baptized, please speak with a member of the clergy or email Kathy Noe.
We look forward to helping you and/or your child explore the fullness of what it means to belong to God’s family.
Today’s Bible Readings
Sundays, 9 a.m.
Men’s Bible Study
Thursdays, 8 a.m., Library
Women’s Bible Study:
Thursdays, noon, Library, September through May