Education for Ministry (EfM) is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 80,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together.
Mother Terri Bays is investigating a renewal of EfM in the greater Michiana area. Watch for more information in the coming weeks. In the meantime, visit: efm.sewanee.edu.
Coming soon: Feeding Fellowship Groups
Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 30. The Relationship-Building Committee of the Cathedral of St. James is hosting a breakfast between services (9:15-10:00) to kick-off a new fellowship opportunity for all.
"Feeding Fellowship" is designed to capitalize on the camaraderie and fellowship afforded when friends interact during shared meals. Would you be willing to share a dinner prepared in your home for 6-8 members of our church family? Or would you rather meet with fellow pizza aficionados at various pizza joints in the area? Maybe you'd prefer sharing breakfast or lunch several times over several months with St. James' friends.
We are looking at creating several niche meal groups that will meet together for table fellowship over an extended period of time. We are open to suggestions for meal meeting groups we have not thought of, as well.
Anyone interested in brainstorming and setting up "Feeding Fellowship" small groups, please join us on August 30. If you have questions, suggestions, or are interested, but cannot attend on August 30, please contact Steven Mast.
Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 PM
Jonathan Myrick Daniels was a seminarian and civil rights activist. He was murdered on August 20, 1965 inHayneville, Alabama, taking a blast from a shotgun that was intended for a sixteen-year-old African American girl, whom he had pulled out of the way. Daniels’ death became a galvanizing moment for many in the Civil Rights movement.
The Diocese of Northern Indiana will observe the 50th Anniversary of Daniels’ martyrdom with a special observance at the Cathedral of Saint James on Wednesday, September 2, beginning at 7 pm. The preacher on that evening will be Mr. Richard Morrisroe, a former Roman Catholic priest who was severely injured by the same blast that killed Mr. Daniels.
Please plan to take part of this extraordinary evening.
This fall we will embark upon a new journey in Christian formation for children, youth, and adults. We know what isn’t working—traditional forms classroom-based Sunday School that assume regular weekly participation by those eligible within the congregation—so it is time to try something different. The operating principle is to create an environment of curiosity in which guides (elsewhere called paracletes) can help children, youth, and adults reflect theologically through life lessons, parallel play, and relationship building across generations. Ms. Erica Vitale, who observed this approach in Texas earlier this year, will help bring this to life at the Cathedral of Saint James. More will be said in upcoming editions of Connections Weekly!
Sunday, September 6, 2015
First floor of St. Margaret's House. All are welcome!!
Resolved to learn more about the Bible this year? Interested in getting to know some of the wonderful people at the Cathedral a little bit better? Come share faith and fellowship at Raising Cane! This group for Senior Citizens (or whomever) meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. We dig into the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday and reflect upon what it means in our lives. All are invited (but by no means required!) to bring a treat to share.
Tuesday, September 1 and 15
10:15 am—11:45 am
St. Margaret’s House, 3rd floor
The weekly newsletter of events and activities along with the readings for Sunday's Masses are found in this document.
Eager to Love by Fr. Richard Rohr is an assigned text for my continuing education course on the farm this year. The book explores the life and spirituality of Francis of Assisi, going “beyond the birdbath” of popular perception of Francis to get to the heart of this extraordinary saint. Rohr’s insightful reflections are both challenging and exciting, opening new pathways to the lost practice of contemplative spirituality. I have highlighted huge chunks of entire chapters more than once! Fr. Brian
Today please pray for: