St. Stephens offers many learning and spiritual growth opportunities each week. These are our current small groups, some meet in hybrid format and others just online.
You can find the Zoom links for these groups by visiting our “This Week at St. Stephen’s” page or by signning up to our newsletter, the E-Star.
(Saturdays at 8:00 AM via Zoom)
Gathers to pray the rosary and fellowship together weekly. Open to youth as well as adults.
(Sundays at 9:30 AM via Zoom)
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.
(Mondays at Noon via Zoom)
Meet with the Rector and other parishioners to discuss the readings for the upcoming week. No preparation is required.
The Presence Group
(Sundays at 2:00 PM via Zoom)
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. 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 welcome anyone who wishes to join us. Our blog can be found here. Questions? Email Fred Bellido.
SSEC Faith & Justice
(Wednesdays at 6:30 PM via Zoom)
Join SSEC Faith & Justice weekly Wednesday study group as we continue our dedication and expand our efforts at reconciliation & justice work in our community and beyond. The group welcomes all those interested in authentic study, dialogue and action (via books, articles, videos, advocacy, collaborative community partnerships) in working toward wholesome humanity for every person, both in church and in society.
We look forward to first meeting of the new year on Wednesday, 1/18/2023, 6:30pm as we begin the next book read by bell hooks, Where we Stand: Class Matters. No reading is required for this first gathering, we will share resources on different ways to access the book. Zoom link provided in SSEC E-Star.
More about the book:
In her book, “where we stand: Class Matters,” bell hooks addresses a range of topics that many people are afraid to broach. In the work, hooks addresses her own journey through life in a society that continually holds people back based on sex, race, and their class as well.
As we are assuredly reminded, Jesus practiced both social ministry and social justice. When Jesus fed the hungry, healed the sick, and raised the dead he practiced social ministry. When Jesus disrupted the Temple merchants and challenged the domination systems of religion, political leaders and privilege he practiced social justice.