Calvary Episcopal Church

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Adult Formation

Adult Formation
All are welcome to either of these classes, offered each Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

A Study of the Book of Acts (in McClintic Hall, Level G)

The Acts of the Apostles, a sequel to the Gospel of Luke, tells the story of the early followers of Jesus, after his Ascension, and the growth of the faith among Jesus’s own people in Jerusalem and then throughout the known world. The Rev. Jonathon Jensen and Chuck Esposito lead this study during the Christian Formation hour on Sunday mornings through April 2, 2017.

Listen to recordings of previous classes, as well as last year’s class on the Gospel of Luke, here.

The Adult Forum (in the Refectory, unless otherwise noted)

The Adult Forum is an opportunity for us to deepen our knowledge and our understanding of Christian life, to learn how to love God and to serve our neighbors. A broad range of presentations invites us to reflect on topics such as prayer and spirituality, theology, social justice, worship and sacraments.

Listen to recordings of previous forum presentations here.

Sunday, October 23 – A Study on the Book of Acts (Meet in McClintic Hall)

Sunday, October 30 – A New/Old Requiem
The music for this year’s Commemoration of All Souls, on Friday, November 4, is a seldom-heard setting of the Requiem Mass by a seventeenth-century Austro-Bohemian composer, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. In this forum, Alan Lewis explores the lush and glorious music of this piece, and the Imperial context that inspired it, in preparation for the following Friday’s musical liturgy.

Sunday, November 6 – Creating a Rule of Life
Monastic wisdom had much to offer us in our efforts to lead balanced, spiritually grounded lives. Informed by the work of the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, Leslie Reimer will look at how individuals can create and use a rule of life.

Sunday, November 13 – Intercessory Prayer
Bishop Rob O’Neill wrote these words on the significance of praying for the needs of others and of the world: “The greatest gift we have to offer one another is indeed our collective prayer – not merely kind wishes, not simply good intentions, but deep prayer – the ability to hold, tangibly and intentionally, others in that abundant love that flows freely and gracefully within us and among us.” Leslie Reimer will consider what it means to pray for others, and how we shape our intercessions here at Calvary Church.

Sunday, November 20 – Paying Attention: Prayer and the Poems of Mary Oliver
Poet Mary Oliver invites readers into the stillness of a careful encounter with nature, and into the depths of human experience. Leslie Reimer will explore the insights into prayer expressed in Oliver’s poems. No advance reading required.


Susan Roth, Coordinator for Christian Formation
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NOTE: Christian Education programs at Calvary are designed to reflect the interests and concerns of the parish. From time to time, changes may be made in response to emerging topics or needs. Watch the bulletin and Agape for current information.

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