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Groups and Learning

 

 

LEARN & GROW

St. Stephens offers many learning and spiritual growth opportunities each week. Below are some of the options that we are currently offering both in person and via Zoom. Sign up for our newsletter, the E-Star, to receive the links for the meetings.

Rosary Group

(Saturdays at 8:00 AM via Zoom)
Gathers to pray the rosary and fellowship together weekly. Open to youth as well as adults.

Adult Forum

(Sundays at 9:30 AM In-Person & Online)
Each Sunday we host an Adult Forum with rotating topics and speakers as a way to engage our faith and the world through conversation and learning.

Bible Study

(Mondays at Noon via Zoom)
Every Monday at noon, meet with the Rector and other parishioners to discuss the readings for the upcoming week. No preparation is required. Please join us to reflect and share insights on the upcoming readings.

Sacred Ground

(Wednesdays at 12:00 PM via Zoom)
Sacred Ground is a dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. The 10-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories. We will be offering two Sacred Ground Dialogue small groups that will meet twice a month. Learn more here.

Anti-Racism Book Groups

(Wednesdays at 6:30 PM via Zoom)
These groups meet every other week to discuss a book generally around anti-racist themes. The conversation includes prayer, sharing, and reflection.

20s and 30s Group

From September through May, 20s & 30s meet at various restaurants in the Montrose area to discuss life, current events, scripture, and theology. The meetings are casual and laid back, so don’t worry about dress. We often discuss the upcoming readings that will be featured in the Sunday service, but don’t feel pressured to do any homework, as all the material is provided during the meeting. We hope that you’ll join us for some good food, better conversation, and a chance to connect with the Montrose community!

The Presence Group

(Sundays at 2:00 PM In-Person & Online)
The Presence Group has been reading and meditating together since 2005. We are a group of contemplative individuals whose purpose is to strive to be continually awake to the certain presence of God in ourselves, in others, and in all living things; to live with intention, and to try to discern God’s desire for our lives. We do this by exploring a variety of sources through group discussion, through active prayer lives, and by engaging in meditation – both group and individual – to “listen with the heart” for God’s voice. We acknowledge that this is a life-long work that requires patience and commitment. We welcome anyone who wishes to join us. Our blog can be found here. Questions? Email Fred Bellido.

Creation from the Margins

This online space will be an opportunity to engage our Faith from the Margins podcast from theological and social views, as well as to offer input into the creative process of the podcast itself. Please contact Andrés  if you are interested or just want to know more about it!

Education for Ministry (EFM)

Education for Ministry (EfM) beginning in mid-January each year. Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom. Dig deeper into the Christian faith, studying the Bible, Church History, and theological ideas, and reflect on connecting faith with life experiences. An EfM seminar group consists of six to twelve participants and a trained mentor that meets weekly over the course of a nine-month academic year. The cost is $375 for the year, which includes all books we engage. Scholarship assistance is available. Please contact the group Mentor, Laura Thewalt about St. Stephen’s EfM group.

Wednesdays from 6:30 – 9:15 p.m. (plus 3 hours of weekly prep time). Currently meets via Zoom.

Men's Spirituality Group

The group is focused on sharing and reflecting on beliefs, concepts, and timeless ideas from a wide range of sources with the objective of promoting the male journey towards spiritual and emotional maturity. This is done thru honoring the other’s experience by being present with each other, listening from the heart, and holding a non-judgmental perspective. The group meets on the 2nd Thursday evening of each month at the Haven Center, at 6:30 PM.

Episcopal Beliefs and Practices

This course, offered twice yearly, explores our particular beliefs and practices as Episcopalians. In addition to basic theological concepts and a survey of our individual and corporate spiritual practices, we also examine Anglican history, our unique governance, and how our faith informs our daily life. Those preparing for baptism, baptism sponsorship, confirmation, and reception into the Episcopal Church must attend this course first. Longtime members often use this course as a refresher and renewal of their faith life.

If you are interested in this class or want to know more about it, email our Curate, Rev. Hannah Pommersheim.