Fall 2020: Classes via Zoom

The Prayer Course

Wed(s) Sep 23–Nov 11  |  7:00–8:30 p.m.
Facilitators: 
The Rev. Sue Hardman and
Summer Anderson 

Sue Hardman

Do you ever wonder, “Is this how I’m supposed to pray?” Or, “What am I supposed to say to God?” Or even, “Why aren’t my prayers being answered?” Here is a place where you might find the answers to some of your questions.

Join us while we explore Prayer: A Simple Guide for Normal People by Pete Greig.

Pete is one of the world’s leading teachers on prayer. You’ve heard Tim talk about this book on Sunday mornings. The book is easy to follow and understand, nothing complicated—Pete makes prayer simple.

Our group will follow the chapters in the book and have a few added teachings from The Rev. Sue Hardman and Summer Anderson. Purchase a copy of the book before the class begins (either paperback or Kindle will work).

Journeying with God Through Grief in Transitions

Tues(s), Oct 6–Nov 24  |  7:00–8:30 p.m.
$5 course materials fee
Facilitator: The Rev. Erin Bair

An 8–week course to help church members pray through the challenges that come with change in church transitions. Created and led by the Rev. Erin Bair, who is the Rector of St. Michael’s Anglican in Gainesville, and who is serving on our Recovery and Transition Team.

The Color of Compromise: Part 1

Thur(s), Sep 24–Nov 12  |  12:00–1:00 p.m.
Facilitator: The Rev. Mike Seawright

Mike Seawright

Equal parts painful and inspirational, this course details how the American church has helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices. You will be guided in thinking through concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church. This video course includes 12 episodes, which will be broken into two 8-week courses guided by the Rev. Mike Seawright and other Truro pastoral staff.

Anglican Essentials

Sun(s), Sep 20–Oct 11  |  10:00–11:00 a.m.
Facilitator: Paul Julienne

This course offers a brief survey of Anglican belief, worship, and practice.  It is for newcomers to Truro or anyone else desiring to know what is special about being Anglican.

Anglican Perspectives on Science, Faith, and Faithful Living

Tue(s), Sep 22–Nov 17 (off Nov 3)  |  7:30–9:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Paul Julienne

This 8-week class will explore the theme of science and Christian faith from an Anglican perspective, using insights from contemporary Anglicans, from the Church Fathers, and from Paul Julienne, the class facilitator, who is a long-time Truro member and a retired physicist.

Truro firmly embraces its Anglican identity, and many Anglicans figures are doing outstanding work in this area. The “Church Fathers” are Christian teachers and thinkers in the centuries after Jesus, who developed excellent ways to guide us in thinking about the natural world and in faithful living as followers of Jesus.

The basis thesis of the series is that there is nothing in the full range of the natural science—physical, biological, or bio-medical—that necessarily conflicts with a robust Christian theology centered on the person Jesus of Nazareth understood as being fully God and fully human. For in Christ, “all things hold together. (Col. 1:17)

Theology of the Body

Mon(s), Sep 21–Nov 9  |  8:00–9:30 p.m.

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Fri(s), Sep 25–Nov 13  |  12:00–1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Alicia Bradford

Jesus taught us in Matthew 22:37–40 that the heart of the human vocation and of scriptural revelation is to know and love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. In this class, we will examine how John Paul II’s theology of the body can help us unpack what scripture reveals about the meaning of the family and the human body, and how these things are ordered to helping us understand and live out our vocation of love—in our families, in the church, and in the world. The Theology of the Body includes a sexual component, but the content of this course will be appropriate and relevant for single or married adults as well as interested older teens. Alicia is happy for you to email her with questions at akjbradford@gmail.com.

Sacred Parenting

Tue(s), Sep 22–Nov 10  |  8:00–9:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Maggie Marcum

Raising children requires skills that God alone possesses, and we are decidedly not God. When we realize that having children isn’t about us but is rather about God, then the trials and sacrifices of parenting are more easily borne. We see the purpose behind the difficulty, and we remind ourselves, “This isn’t about me; it’s about him.”

This book and video series from Gary Thomas will encourage you with stories that tell how other parents handled the challenges and difficulties of being a parent―and how their children transformed their relationship with God. Sacred Parenting affirms the spiritual value of being a parent, showing you the holy potential of the parent-child relationship.