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Sunday Forums and Short Courses

This spring, our Sunday study sessions for adults include three types of engagement on a schedule that allows you to make easy choices. See the full Study Guide here.

 Short Courses
First Three Sundays of the month, 10:15 to 11:00 a.m., Valentine Hall

Three Sundays a month a variety of conversations will be held, covering a range of topics including prayer, Christian practices, Biblical themes, saints, eco-theology – et cetera, et cetera! Short courses will be one to three Sundays in length.

Adult Forum
One Sunday a Month, 10:15 to 11:00 a.m.,
Valentine Hall

One Sunday a month we gather for a wide variety of programs on topics of Christian concern in today’s world that often feature our partners in mission. This is a chance for us to host speakers and exchange questions and ideas.

Spring 2018 Schedule

January 7 and 14Stepping Through the Wardrobe: C. S. Lewis’ Vision of Family Life in Narnia (A Short Course)
Snow is on the ground, the world is hushed, animals talk and the taste of Turkish Delight lingers. Few novels evoke our physical senses and spiritual imaginations like the Narnia series. But what does this epic say about family? Join the Rev. Dr. John McCard for a look at the ways Lewis described family in these stories and how some of our traditional understandings of the roles of parents and children are expanded upon to realize a vision of kinship that joins together those who do both will of God and of Aslan. (Valentine Hall)
January 2110 Things You Need to Know about the Aging Brain, Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s Disease (A Short Course) 
Almost everyone has a loved one who has been affected by memory loss. How can we recognize the onset of a dementia-related disease? What habits support healthy brains? This class will explore the differences between the aging brain, memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We will also discuss ten ways to show your brain some love.  Please join Tina Thomas, MSHP, BS, CDP, CADDCT, Director of Programs and Services, Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond, for this important talk. (Valentine Hall)
January 28R.E.A.L.: Recovering from Everyday Addictive Lives
Richmond City Jail Program
with Dr. Sarah Scarbrough, Executive Director of REAL
(Valentine Hall)
February 4Youth Ministry Reception
Everyone is invited to enjoy food and fellowship at a festive reception in Valentine Hall hosted by our 9th grade confirmands. Come celebrate the many gifts the youth of our congregation offer our church family. (Valentine Hall)
February 11Giving Creatively (A Short Course)
Learn how to use assets you’ve not thought about using and gifts you didn’t know you could make to St. James’s. Deal Tompkins is a gifted story-teller and planned giving consultant who has spent his career in higher education, and consulted with the Virginia Methodist Foundation and the Diocese of Virginia. (Valentine Hall)
February 18A Final Act of Love: An End-of-Life Planning Fair
Having your act together is a final act of love to your family. Join in on any of our mini-workshops to make sure your funeral features favorite hymns and scripture; to draft an obituary that tells your life story; to make sure that you have included St. James’s in your will. Experts from our parish will staff tables on Bequests, The Endowment Fund, Gifts of Appreciated Assets, Life Insurance, Writing an Obituary, and Planning your Funeral. The Planned Giving Committee and staff of St. James’s is here to assure you have made the plans which will be a great comfort to your family. (Valentine Hall)
February 25Parish Annual Meeting with our Rector, Wardens, and Finance Chair
You’re invited to this important, once-a-year meeting to learn from the interim rector and leaders of our vestry about the mission, buildings & grounds, and finances of our parish. (Sanctuary)

The Ache of Addiction: Lenten Speaker Series*
See Wednesday evening Christian Journey for more speakers

*March 11Parenting Forum: Communicating with your Children about Addiction (A Short Course)
This forum will provide current statistics on the impact of drugs and alcohol on our youth. It will also address how to facilitate conversations around substance abuse; ask the important questions, and provide clear answers. Led by Ashely Soukup, MA, LMFT (Valentine Hall)
*March 18Recovery: From Individual to Societal (A Short Course)
What would our Society look like if we treated all people who use substances with dignity and respect? Tom Bannard will explore the opioid crisis from the lens of understanding a larger addiction epidemic, and suggest that love and empathy will be the tools that overcome the damage done by our approach to substance use driven fear and blame, and not valuing human lives. Led by Tom Bannard, CADC, MBA, Program Coordinator for Rams in Recovery at Virginia Commonwealth University. (Valentine Hall)
April 8Why Can’t We Claim to be Stewards of Creation? (A Short Course)
When the church began to think about our relationship to the created environment, we chose the first label that came to hand: “stewardship”, a term familiar from church fundraising. No theology was employed. Why should we look for a better way to look at our relationship to God’s creation in the light of modern science? This lecture/seminar will try to answer exactly that question. Led by the Rev. Dr. John Kerr.
(Valentine Hall)
April 15Doers in the Digital Age (A Short Course)
Led by members of the Communication Committee, you will learn the many routes to information on St. James’s through the world of digital media. Bring your tablets and phones! We will be discussing how to get connected and listening to your interests so that we can customize our channels to better keep you in the know and to enable you to join in the conversations. (Valentine Hall)
April 22Children’s Center Reception
(Valentine Hall)
April 29Richmond Deputy Chief of Police Steve Drew
We are greatly privileged to have Deputy Chief Drew with us to discuss his journey to a police career, the state of policing in our city today, its challenges and heartaches, and his hope for our city. Biography
(Valentine Hall)
May 6Parenting Forum: Navigating Healthy Boundaries in a Digital World (A Short Course)
We are raising children in an age where social media is pervasive, and digital media has become the norm and expectation for communication. While there are benefits to advancements in technology, what are the deterrents of exposing young people to this digital world at such a young age? We will explore how to maintain healthy boundaries and open communication about the digital world with our children. led by Ashely Soukup, MA, LMFT, of Health and Family Psychologists of Virginia. (Valentine Hall)

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