Christian Education for Winter / Spring 2020

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The Christian life is a source of endless fascination. Just when we think we have seen and heard everything it has to offer, something new turns up. Committing to a life of learning and growing in the faith is an excellent way to make sure there is always enough fuel in the spiritual tank.

Ask, Seek, Knock from Matthew 7:7-8
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

All events are open to the public and are held at St. Thomas’s Parish, 276 S. College Ave., Newark Delaware 19711. See our web site at stthomasparish.org for more information and updates. Questions? Call the Parish Office at (302) 369-4644,

Lecture Series

An Absurdly Short History of Christianity
Six-Week Series on February 16 and 23 & March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

Who invented church? How did we go from a few fishermen to billions of faithful people? And, what relevance can the church have in a time when belief seems to have become a dirty word? In six sessions, we will follow the development of the Christian Movement from the time of the Apostles to the Electronic Age.

Along the way, there will be a few heretics and councils, but we will also talk about how our past shapes us and what we believe. Come along for new insights on familiar stories and maybe some new information too.

Guest Lecturer at noon

Prayer Beads: Touching Holiness on February 9, 2020

Most of us know about rosaries and how they are used in prayer, but there are many practices (in many faiths!) that incorporate beads as a way to connect the spiritual with the physical. This session will suggest a few prayer techniques you might try, but will also be hands-on. Beads and stringing materials will be provided and a knowledgeable beader will be on hand to guide us in making our own aids to prayer.

Faith and Fear: A Primer on Sentencing Reform on March, 29, 2020

Mandatory minimum sentences, “three strikes” laws, and the war on drugs. These and other social forces have combined to fill our prisons beyond their intended capacities. These are places that most faithful people rarely see of even think about. And yet our faith calls us to a special concern for prisoners. This session will give us an update on current conditions and future possibilities.

Novel Theology 2020 Spring schedule updated

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Novel Theology is a lively discussion group that meets at 9:15 a.m. in the Classroom. Meetings are generally the second Sunday, September through May. The April 2020 Novel Theology date falls on Easter and the May 2020 date falls on Mother’s Day so those two months will meet on the third Sunday. The January 2020 date has been moved to January 19, 2020, due to a parish meeting scheduled on January 12, 2020.

The reading list for the 2019-20 is:
Sept. 8, 2019 – The Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan
Oct. 13 , 2019 – Love Heals by Becca Stevens
Nov. 10 , 2019 – The Walk by Richard Paul Evans
Dec. 8 , 2019 – Gabriel’s Angel by Nora Roberts
Jan. 19, 2020 – An Irish Country Love Story by Patrick Taylor
Feb. 9, 2020 – Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans
March 8, 2020 – Miracle at St. Andrews by James Patterson & Peter de Jonge
April 19, 2020 – Lamb by Christopher Moore
May 17, 2020 – Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Please join us! Reading the book is not a requirement. For more information, contact Susan Hechter at susanahechter@gmail.com.

Adult Education on Dec. 22 and 29, 2019

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Dear Friends,
       Adult Ed will be meeting neither Sunday, Dec. 22nd nor on the 29, 2019. On Jan. 5, we will begin our considered discussion of, and reflections on, the first chapter of Robin DiAngelo’s book, White Fragility. Please join us then, and in the interim have a blessed Christmas and  joyous new year.
Pax,Ronnie wilbur, Rue Manning, and Larry Duggan

Adult Education on Sunday, December 1, 2019

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Dear Friends,
        In adult education tomorrow, we will begin reading and talking about an important new book, Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility. Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, a dense and meaty short book about something that involves us all. WWJS (What would Jesus say)? “Read it, and weep!” We gather in the parlor at 9:15 a.m., but latecomers are always, always welcome. At 6 p.m. tomorrow evening, we will begin a new, regular prayer service, which hopefully will become a regular service on Sunday evenings (and perhaps at other times as well). We all have people and causes to pray for, and it is good, very good, to develop the regular habit of praying for them. We rarely know whether our prayers seem to do “any good” for others; but what has been long known and appreciated is that the act of regular prayer for others does change us, and always for the better.  Think about that–and act on it.
Pax,Larry Duggan

Coffee Hour Series Begins on Sunday, Sep. 22, 2019 at noon

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Quaker Spirituality by Dr. Annemarie Carr

The Religious Society of Friends (also known as the Quakers) has a rich history of encouraging personal faith and engagement with the world. Professor Annemarie Carr, a scholar and practicing Quaker, will speak about her own personal experiences and the gifts that the Friends Movement offers to Christians of every denomination.

ALL are welcome- bring a friend!

Adult Education

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The adult education (parlor) group is now on summer hiatus and will resume on the first Sunday AFTER Labor Day — September 9, 2018. We will be exploring the book – The Misunderstood God by Darin Hufford. It can be obtained on Amazon or Barnes and Noble for new folks who are interested in joining. Questions? Feel free to contact Ronnie Wilbur at vfwilbur@gmail.com or Larry Duggan at lgjd@udel.edu.

Adult Education is 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. on Sundays

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Dear Friends,

Beginning in May, the adult education group will start discussing the book “The Misunderstood God: The lies religion tells about God” by Darin Hufford. It can be purchased from Amazon, B&N in paperback and in electronic forms.

Consider coming if you have never attended. We always have lively pertinent conversations around our world past and present.

Questions? Contact the Adult Education leaders: Ronnie Wilbur (vfwilbur@gmail.com) or Larry Duggan (lgjd@udel.edu).

Adult Education Sunday beginning October 1st

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Come one and all, new and old! Starting on October 1st, the Adult Education group begins to explore the ‘People of the Way: Renewing Episcopal Identify’ by Dwight Szcheile. The discussion aims to explore the ways St. Thomas’s can move into the future beyond these walls as we share our story of God. The book can be easily purchased online via Amazon, B&N or any bookstore.

For any questions, please contact Ronnie Wilbur at vfwilbur@gmail.com or Larry Duggan at lgjd@udel.edu

We look forward to seeing you!

Adult Education in April – May

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Beginning April 2nd, the Adult Education group will begin exploring the book and movie, THE SHACK. For those who have not read the book, we don’t want to spoil the story, so suffice to say this is a family tragedy with unending grief until God becomes part of the story.

In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant, THE SHACK wrestles with the timeless question: Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain? The answer Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You’ll want everyone you know to read this book.

The book can be purchased through Barnes & Noble The Shack or Amazon The Shack [click on the links to take you to the sites].

Please join us at 9:15 a.m. in the Parlor on any Sunday. For further information, contact Larry Duggan at lgjd@udel.edu or Ronnie Wilbur at vfwilbur@gmail.com.