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Education for Ministry


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Have you ever tried to read the Bible from cover to cover? Not so easy, is it?

An absolutely terrific group of about ten St. Mary’s parishioners gathers every Monday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 during the school year to read and discuss the Old and New Testaments, one book at a time, as well as Christian history and theology.

We begin each meeting by talking about “God moments” we’ve experienced during the prior week and then discuss our readings for about 45 minutes. After a delicious snack break, one of us leads a discussion called a theological reflection on a topic that can vary from biblical to moral to questions such as: what do we think of the idea of a white person collecting black dolls? These discussions are always interesting. We close the evening with a very brief worship service. Once or twice each year we watch a movie that is spiritually inspiring. Recent titles include “The Legend of Bagger Vance” and “The Shack”.

The best thing about these sessions is how much we enjoy each other’s company – lots of laughs and good humor as well as serious discussion. To be fair, I should note that there is homework to do for each week, and it typically takes about 60 to 90 minutes. The good news is that it’s always interesting!

We call our class EfM – Education for Ministry – and we are led by Malcolm Mackenzie and Barbara Phillips Barrett. It’s a four year program. First year students focus on the Old Testament. During the second year, we discuss the New Testament, and during the third year we talk about the history of Christianity from Abraham to Pope Francis. Fourth year students read and discuss introductory books on theology.

If this interests you, please call Malcolm Mackenzie at 337-2529 or Denny Olmsted at 287-6166. Please join us – we’d love to have you do so!

God’s Peace!

Denny Olmsted

Earlier Event: August 11
Blessing of the Backpacks