Spiritual Formation is a lifelong process that we undertake to discover who God is in our lives.
At Redeemer, spiritual formation involves learning about the Bible, Christian traditions and our own Anglican/Episcopal church traditions, as well as examining the ways in which others throughout the generations have responded in faith to the message of Christ It involves being in fellowship with the community of believers at Redeemer. It involves the work that we do in service to Christ, in response to God's overwhelming love for us and in thanksgiving for the work others have done to help us along the way.
We at Redeemer believe that everyone is constantly being formed into the image of Christ. Therefore, we need to "continue in the apostles' teaching and fellowship" as our baptismal covenant requires of us. Christ calls us to grow spiritually and to pass on what we know to others.
We primarily do this through Christian Education programming. Many of us find our faith informed and nurtured through involvement in a variety of activities including prayer, discussion groups, mission,, etc. We encourage all to take advantage of the many ways you may grow in your life in Christ through what Redeemer has to offer.
Community-building is a vital part of spiritual formation, since it is through community, through relationships with other people, that we gain insights into God's call to us. We are constantly struggling to discern where God is leading us individually and as a people. We discover the answer to those questions by living in community, listening and looking for the will of God through others, who are listening and looking with us. Henri Nouwen refers to community as "the mosaic that makes God visible."
We offer many opportunities at Redeemer which allow us to get to know each other better, so that we can challenge each other to move beyond ourselves and become focused on discerning and answering the call of God in our lives.
The Friday Study Group
The Friday study group meets weekly to watch challenging videos and presentations, followed by discussion about our responses to the message we hear. Past studies have included the Parables, the Beatitudes, the Creeds, the Prophets, Contemplative Prayer, the Enneagram, and the Trinity with progressive instructors such as Richard Rohr, Walter Brueggemann, Joan Chittister, Barbara Cawthorne Crafton, Cynthia Bourgeault and Diana Butler Bass. The Friday group meets in the parish house at 10AM. We are currently (Jan/Feb 2018) studying Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, by Parker Palmer. The class is open to everyone.
Spiritual Formation for Children
We have Confirmation Classes for eligible youth and link our study and practice of faith to our youth activities and mission outreach opportunities.
Safeguarding God’s Children
Safeguarding God’s Children is a training program for the prevention of sexual abuse of children and youth. The program provides participants information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve. If every adult can protect just one child, they will forever change one life. If we can all change one life, together we will make a difference in this generation of children.
The Diocese requires all who are employed by the congregation and all who work or volunteer with children and youth to take this training. The training can now be accomplished online. For a preview of the training, visit www.praesidiuminc.com and click on the Armatus link.