Theology

The Rector's Christian Doctrine Class

The Rector's Christian Doctrine Class 2015

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 every January - May and will begin anew in January 2015. 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.

This class, of course, is not the only way 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.

Dates and topics for the Rector's Christian Doctrine Class are listed below. Please note that the topics are subject to modification. All classes run from 6:30 to 7:30pm in Andrew Hall.

  • January 13: God the Father: Creation, the Fall, and what it means to be 'made in God's image'
  • January 20: God the Son: Incarnation, Atonement and Glory
  • January 27: cancelled due to extreme weather
  • February 3: God the Holy Spirit: Being ‘fully alive’ with the gifts of the Spirit.
  • February 10: The Holy Trinity: Living in Community reflects our belief as God as ‘Three in One’.
  • February 17: The history of the Church: ‘From house church to organized religion’ – The Body of Christ is still broken.
  • February 24: An introduction to the Seven Sacraments of the Church: Baptism – ‘being clothed with Christ’.
  • March 3: Life after Baptism: Confirmation and the Mission of the Church.
  • March 10: ‘They recognized him in the breaking of the bread’ : The Eucharist at the heart of our common life.
  • March 24: Mission and Ministry: Holy orders, Vocation, gifts and talents.
  • April 14: “When Things Go Wrong” – Sacramental Confession and Healing Ministry.
  • April 21: Relationships: Holy matrimony and the Church’s response to changing lifestyles.
  • April 28: Christian Hope: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell – Mary and the Communion of Saints.
  • May 5: ‘Lord, teach us to pray…’ Prayer and Spirituality in the Christian Tradition.

Confirmation and Reception will take place at the 11am Festal Eucharist on Sunday, May 10, 2015.

A companion text for this course is Café Theology by Michael Lloyd.
Also recommended for reading through the course is A Short World History of Christianity by Robert Bruce Mullin. Further recommended: Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer by Rowan Williams.

The these texts are available at the Saint Thomas Bookstore, which is open most Sundays following the 11am and 4pm services, and at midday on most Mondays.

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).

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