Wednesday night programs

Evening Prayer at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel and
dinner at 6:00 p.m. in Valentine Hall.

Christian Journey

Wednesdays 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Michaux House, Room 304

This engaging series invites deeper inquiry into issues relevant to the ongoing faith journey of adults. See the full Spring Study Guide here.

Contact:   Hilary Streever, 355-1779 ext. 317

Spring 2017 schedule:

January 18, January 25, and February 1

“Let Us Keep the Feast: The Eucharist” with the Rev. Dr. Bob Friend and Gloria Prevatt.

Jesus’s greatest gift was the gift of himself, and so that generations to come could continually meet him, the gift of himself in bread and wine. Join the Rev. Dr. Bob Friend for a discussion of the biblical and theological underpinnings of this great sacrament, the Eucharist. Then, come for a baking class with parishioner Gloria Prevatt, who bakes the Eucharistic bread for our Jazz Mass. Please register online for the baking class.

February 8

“CLOSE UP and Personal: Outreach at St. James’s” with Nancy Warman, Director of Servant Ministries

Director of Servant Minsitry and social worker Nancy Warman will present a close up portrait of St. James’s as “a church at work in the world.” She will provide a comprehensive view of all aspects of our local outreach ministry and how our “doer” ministry plays a critical role in meeting community need.

February 15

“Aging with Grace” with Mary Ann Johnson, Certified Dementia Care Practitioner

Join Mary Ann Johnson for a conversation about accepting the challenges of aging, and the importance both of living a healthy life style and of having a good sense of humor. Mary Ann is a Certified Dementia Care Practitioner and recently retired Program Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter.

February 22

“Blessed be the Ties that Bind: St. James’s Strategic Plan” with members of our Strategic Plan Committee

March 1

Ash Wednesday (No program)

March 8 and 15

“There and Back Again: W.H. Auden and Reconciliation in Faith” with the Rev. Dr. John Kerr

John Kerr writes, “W.H. Auden’s memorial in Westminster Abbey quotes these lines of his: In the prison of his days/ Teach the free man how to praise. As a boy, Auden was devoutly Anglican. At Oxford he lost his faith, preferring, as undergraduates often do, the world and the flesh. His very celebrated poetry in the 1930s made his name the symbol for the age: The Auden Generation hoped that radical political change could bring about a better world. Fascism was the great enemy. Auden began to doubt the transformative power of even the most powerful poetic voice. In 1939, in the USA, he returned to a mature form of Episcopalian faith and wrote some of the most profoundly Christian poetry of the twentieth century. We will look at some of Auden’s poems and listen to some set to music by Benjamin Britten. His poetry has changed my life and remains a constant resource for understanding how Christianity must be understood and lived in the world.”

March 22

“REAL: Preventing Recidivism in Richmond” with Sarah Scarbrough, executive director of REAL

One of the challenges facing cities and justice systems across the U.S. is how to reduce rates of recidivism for the well-being of former inmates and our communities. REAL is a local innovative organization that has successfully tackled this issue by equipping inmates with the skills and resources they need to succeed after years in prison. Come to hear from Sarah Scarbrough, executive director of REAL, about their story and mission.

March 29

“Medical Science Meets Faith: Serving Richmond’s Victims of Domestic Violence” with Bon Secours’ Forensic Nurses Bonnie Price and Sara Jennings.

Domestic violence is an urgent issue that affects as many as one in four women and one in seven men, causing ripple effects in families and our communities. As we continue our theme of reconciliation during the season of Lent, come to learn more about this prevalent issue and how the Forensic Nurse Program at St. Mary’s Bon Secours is addressing it in our community. Please note that some may find this conversation difficult.

April 5

“Welcoming Stranger and Neighbor with Cultural Linguistic Competence” with Katherine W. Lawson, MPA, President of Families at Work, Inc.

 St. Jamesers are doers out in our community, interacting with different kinds of people all the time. This course is meant to assist our parishioners’ communication with and understanding of the diverse populations in our community. Whether seeking to better understand new immigrant populations, serving individuals who are impoverished, aging or with disabilities, or understanding changes in public policy which guide person-centered practices, together we can communicate more compassionately with our recognition of the capacity of all people to contribute positively to our lives, particularly while practicing our faith. This class is an exploration of cultural linguistic competence and racial diversity of our community.

Katherine W. Lawson, MPA, is President of Families at Work, Inc. a Virginia-based Public Policy Institute. After launching her career at the Virginia Department of Social Services, she received a series of faculty appointments at VCU, where she was best known for work in peaceable communities and reducing youth, gang and family violence. For the last 25 years, she has concentrated her work in transforming services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities, with a keen interest in inclusion of such individuals in education, competitive employment, and ensuring they have the same choices about where they live, work, and pray as others do.

April 12 and 19

Holy Week and Easter Week (No program)

April 26 and May 3

Interfaith Dialogue with Congregation Beth Ahabah

Pilgrim’s Path

Wednesdays 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Michaux House, Room 302

Want to join the church, learn more about being an Episcopalian, or be baptized or confirmed? This is the class designed to provide a grounding in three areas of Christian discipleship: worship, study, and service. Topics include theology, the Bible, church history, the Book of Common Prayer, the creeds, liturgy, service, and prayer. This class is required preparation for adults seeking baptism or confirmation and is highly encouraged if you intend to join the Episcopal Church. Each week a clergy-led class leads into small group work for discussion and Bible study. The 10-session course convenes in the fall and again in the winter/spring. Participants who attend either session may be baptized, confirmed, reaffirmed or received into the Episcopal Church when the bishop visits in the spring.

Register:   Anita Lisk, 355-1779, ext. 313

Contact:   Carmen Germino, 355-1779, ext. 319 or Hilary Streever, 355-1779, ext. 317