The Rector's Christian Doctrine Class

The Rector's Christian Doctrine Class 2017

A systematic treatment of the essentials of the Christian faith, as received through the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism within the Episcopal Church.

The Rector's Christian Doctrine Class is offered from January to May and will begin anew in January 2016. The class is especially designed for those who want to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church. But it is also for anyone who is interested in learning more about Christ and about the doctrine and traditions of the church, as we've received them.

The class will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; the exact dates and topics will be posted here in due course.

Besides this class, there are many other ways to learn about Christ and his Church. We encourage you to worship with us, study and pray with us, and make yourself known to us. Our doors are open 365 days a year (at least one Mass is offered every day) and you can contact us anytime if you are interested in learning more.

Carl F. Turner is Rector of Saint Thomas Church, having been called here in 2014. A priest of The Church of England for some three decades, Father Turner was most recently Canon Precentor of Exeter Cathedral, where he led the department of liturgy and music and worked with the 850-year-old Cathedral School. He has worked in a major parish in London and been a member of the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission for five years.

Father Turner will be teaching the Rector’s doctrine class with assistance from Father Austin.

Victor Lee Austin was called to Saint Thomas to be the Parish’s first “Theologian-in-residence.” He was on the faculty of Mount Aloysius College and has also taught at Marist College, Mount St. Mary College, the General Theological Seminary, and Fordham University.

Father Austin is the author of four books: A Priest’s Journal (Church Publishing, 2001); Up with Authority: Why we Need Authority to Flourish as Human Beings (T & T Clark, 2010); Priest in New York: Church, Street, and Theology (Saint Thomas Church, 2010); and Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed (Bloomsbury/T & T Clark, 2012).

To receive weekly updates and other news about Theology at Saint Thomas, drop a line to Father Austin.

2017 Class Schedule

  • Jan 17 God the Father: Creation the Fall and what it means to be ‘made in God’s image’
  • 24 God the Son: Incarnation, Atonement and Glory
  • 31 God the Holy Spirit: Being ‘fully alive’ with the gifts of the Spirit
  • Feb 7 The Holy Trinity: Living in Community reflects our belief in God as ‘Three in One’
  • 14 The Holy Bible – The Word of the Lord
  • 21 The History of the Church 1: ‘From house church to organized religion’
  • 28 The History of the Church 2: The Anglo-Catholic Revival – The Oxford Movement and its influence on Anglicanism
  • Note: Ash Wednesday is March 1. Those to be baptized welcomed at Sunday Mass
  • Mar 7 An introduction to the seven Sacraments of the Church: Baptism – being ‘clothed with Christ’
  • 14 Life after Baptism: Confirmation and the mission of the Church
  • 21 ‘They recognized him in the Breaking of the Bread’: The Eucharist at the heart of our common life
  • 28 ‘When things go wrong’- Sacramental Confession and Healing ministry
  • Apr 4 ‘The Christian Exodus’ - An Introduction to the Holy week Liturgies
  • Note: Holy week April 9-16. Holy Week addresses and sermons by Archbishop Rowan Williams
  • 25 Relationships: Holy Matrimony and the Church’s response to changing lifestyles
  • May 2 Mission and Ministry: Holy Orders, Vocation, gifts and talents
  • 9 Christian Hope: Death, Judgment, Hell, and Heaven – Mary and the Communion of Saints
  • 16 ‘Lord Teach us to pray…’ - Prayer and Spirituality in the Christian Tradition followed by short rehearsal for those being Confirmed or Received.
  • 21 Sunday, May 21 at 11am – Confirmation and Reception with Bishop Mary