Adult Inquirers’ Class
Adult Inquirer’s Course
November Thru April
Are you interested in living more fully into your Baptism ?
Are you invested in learning more about the Episcopal tradition with possible transfer of membership from another tradition?
Are you hoping to be confirmed when the Bishop visits in the spring?
Are you longing to renew your baptismal covenant in a more formal way of preparation?
If you answered YES to any of these questions the Adult Inquirer’s Course is for you.
We have prepared a wonderful curriculum of formation which is open to anyone over the age of 18. Open enrollment begins on October 25th at our first gathering and continues through the month of November. The class will be held on Wednesdays in the Overlook Room from 6-7:15 pm. Each class will end with Compline. Inquirers are invited to participate in the parish potluck on Wednesday nights beginning at 5:30 pm if desired.
The course will be led by the Rev. Tammy Lee, with specific classes facilitated by clergy, staff and parishioners. The syllabus begins with a module on Anglican poetry and prose and Anglican theology and proceeds to an overview of the sacraments, the Book of Common Prayer, and scripture. After the Christmas break, the class resumes with studies of church history, the Anglican Communion, and Anglican church music. There are also classes on moral decision making, social justice, discernment, formation, and finding our place in the Kingdom. Inquirers will attend services together on All Saints, during Christmastide, on Ash Wednesday, and during Holy Week. A high point of the syllabus is a spiritual practices retreat March 23-25. Following confirmation on April 22 for those who choose that route, the course concludes with a celebration dinner. Click here for full course schedule.
The foremost purpose of the course is to create community, as well as to explore the breadth and depth of the Episcopal way and to prepare for confirmation. The course planners hope it will stimulate conversation, raise provocative questions rather than provide all the answers, and empower Inquirers to “take up the cross and follow Jesus of Nazareth.”
Regular participation is expected, understanding that participants may occasionally have conflicts. The course organizers also strongly encourage attendance at worship on principal feast days. If desired, Inquirers will be assigned a Shepherd who serves as a resource for the journey and a connection with the larger community.
In the spring, Inquirers will meet with clergy to discuss whether to be confirmed. “This is an opportunity for further discernment,” said Tammy Lee. “It is not a test!”
Inquirers will use as texts Jesus was an Episcopalian by Chris Yaw and The Church’s Teaching in a Changing World. Online resources include the Episcopal Digital Network, The Episcopal Café, The Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Communion.
For further information or to sign up contact, Rev. Tambria Lee @ firstname.lastname@example.org.