Catechumenate

Wednesdays, September 13, 2017 through May 9, 2018

6:30 pm in the Undercroft
Lead by: Fr. Drew & the Clergy of Christ Church

The Catechumenate (pronounced “kat-uh-KEW-meh-nut”) is for those who want to immerse themselves (again) in the heart of the Christian faith.  Over the course of the program year we will form a community of Christian disciples as we study together the fundamentals of Christian faith and discipleship.  Using Scripture and the writings of Marcus Borg, Howard Thurman, and Wil Hernandez as our guides we will wrestle with scripture, explore the sacraments, and unpack the fundamental practices of Christian faith discipleship, and practice the remarkable gift of life in community.

If you are new to our community or a life-long member, this reading course promises to (re)connect us with one another and (re)immerse us in the heart of our faith and life as Christians.

SERIES GOALS:

  1. To have words to describe who God is; that is, to become aware of how God is working in one’s life.
  2. To be able to say who “we” (humanity) are, vis-à-vis God.
  3. To say who we are called to be.
  4. To say how we can live as disciples of Christ today.

WHO?

  • This series is for those who have a desire to know Jesus, who want to grow deeper in faith and who want to engage their faith by participating in a learning community.  This formation is for those who wish to explore the ancient traditions and relevant applications in today’s world as one baptized into the Christian community.  
  • This series is foundational for adults seeking baptism, confirmation, or those challenged to live a baptized life.

WHAT?

  • Learn through a 28-session series that unfolds ever deeper, using inductive and deductive teaching methods, lay and clergy facilitators, engaging instructor-led with participant-centered content, reflection homework opportunities and devotional practices.

WHEN?

  • September 14, 2016 to May 25, 2017 (Twenty-eight sessions, approx. weekly with breaks)
  • 6:45pm to 8:00pm, following community dinner.

WHERE?

  • In the Undercroft, with certain “field trips.”

WHY?

  • To challenge our faith, share our Christian theology, and learn what it means to be disciples of Christ.
  • To learn practical approaches to know and live the Good News of Jesus Christ.
  • To grow the Christ Church community in spiritual depth and in community breadth.

HOW?

  • Grounded in our baptismal and catechism teaching (BCP), this series will offer a variety of learning methods such as story-telling, story-listening, lecture, problem-solving, visual arts, role-play, music, art, video, and reflection and quiet-time to imprint learning and make it meaningful.  Visual arts includes opportunities to express oneself in guided mandala-making options and also stained glass windows.
  • By deepening our knowledge of God in Jesus and offering opportunities to practice our faith in deep and engaging ways, to connect with God and people to live the Good News of Jesus Christ.

SCHEDULE

The Heart of Christianity:  Part 1 (by Marcus Borg)
Wednesday (October 4, October 18, October 25, November 1)
Led by The Rev’d Drew Van Culin

We begin the year exploring the foundations of Christian faith through Part 1 of Marcus Borg’s The Heart of Christianity.  These foundational chapters introduce us to an emerging Christianity and an enlivening engagement with The Bible, God, and Jesus.  Join us on Wednesday nights to explore a new, and yet ancient, understanding of Christian faith.  


God’s Story | Our Story:  Stories Every Christian Should Know
Wednesday (November 8, November 15, November 29, and December 6, December 13, December 20)
Led by The Rev’d Drew Van Culin

We continue our journey together with an exploration of the essential story of faith.  Beginning with God’s work in Creation, continuing with God’s call of Abram and Sarah, to the restoration of God’s people through the Exodus and return from Exile, we will see the interaction of God’s story and our story through time.  We conclude with a 4-week exploration of the Gospels through the lens of their prologues, a foundational story of Jesus, and the Passion of Christ.


Jesus and the Disinherited (by Howard Thurman)
Wednesday (January 10, January 17, January 24, January 31)
Led by The Rev’d Drew Van Culin

Rooted in the Black Social Gospel, Howard Thurman’s seminal exploration of Jesus not only shaped the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement that he led, but continues to resonate today.  Through his timeless work, Thurman presents an image of Jesus’ suffering, pain, and overwhelming love that speaks powerfully still today.  


The Heart of Christianity:  Part 2 (by Marcus Borg)
Wednesday (February 7, February 21, February 28, March 7, March 14, and March 21))|
Led by The Rev’d Drew Van Culin

We turn our attention to the Borg’s exploration of the Christian life today rooted in our personal transformation for God – to “belove” God and all that God loves.  Over the course of these 6 weeks together, we will explore not only Borg’s work, but God’s transforming work in us.


Mere Spirituality (by Wil Hernandez)
Wednesday (April 11, April 18, April 25)
Led by The Rev’d Drew Van Culin

We conclude the year exploring Wil Hernandez’ Mere Spirituality, itself a rich and engaging exploration of the spiritual life of Henri Nouwen.  Through Hernandez great insight, we will explore three fundamental aspects of the Christian journey:  A life in Communion with God, a life in Community with one another, and a life Commissioned by and for God. 


Intended for adults called by God to make or renew their commitment of faith and deepen their spiritual lives, and for all who seek spiritual renewal, the Catechumenate will provide an opportunity to expand our knowledge of Scripture, deepen our relationship with Christ, and more fully understand our historic faith.

For more information, please contact Maryann DeAngelo at mdangelo@christchurchgp.org or 313-885-4841, ext. 107.