Yes, we're all for it. That's the short answer. You'll find lots of examples if you go to the calendar. Or click on the links to the right. Keep asking questions. Keep paying attention. Formation happens.
Now for the longer answer ....
As Episcopalians we understand ourselves to be formed by "Scripture, Tradition, and Reason," to quote Richard Hooker (1554-1600) Anglican priest and theologian.
Stop by St. Mark's most weeks and you'll find a little bit of each, with the way-station of the weekly Eucharist illuminating each facet of that threefold image of formation. Check the calendar for invitations to formation through varied worship, service, study and conversation, leadership opportunities and much more.
Ongoing opportunities include:
- The Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement where we ask questions, explore why "church" does the things it does, and why we do them the way that we do them. We share our wonderings and experiences.
- Theology Afield gives us an opportunity to meet in a relaxed setting away from the the "usual" church meeting room, and have conversation at the intersection of theology and life-as-it-is.
Seasonal opportunities in 2019 included:
- Preparing for the End of Life series in which, among other things, we'll do some "how to" work: prepare directives and a will, write your own obituary, and plan your own funeral.
- Life Transformed: the Way of Love During Lent and Easter as we explored our Rule of Life in a 7-session small group series.
In the the Rule of St. Benedict, a sixth-century guide to Christian formation in community, some of the theme words are: roots, belonging, community, fulfillment, sharing, transforming, listening, silence—all imbued with a Christ-focus through prayer, worship, and Scripture. These are some of the same touchstones we too hold as we make our journey as followers of the Way of Christ.
At Baptism in the Episcopal Church we are "sealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13) and marked as Christ's own forever." That is the beginning of our journey of Christian formation. Drawing from our Benedictine roots, we understand that to be a lifelong journey.
At St. Mark's, our emphasis is on inter-generational formation through worship, service, discernment, engagement with Scripture, and play. We take advantage of age-differentiated opportunities as they arise.
No matter what age you are, no matter where you are on your journey—seeker, testing the waters, or a mature Christian—there is a place for you here. Come and see.