Episcopal Church 101

Episcopal Church 101

Our basic introduction to the history and practice of the Episcopal Church will be offered over five consecutive Saturdays beginning February 1st. The classes will run from 10:30 to Noon, meeting in the Harward Parlor next to the sanctuary.

Topics include:

 The Episcopal Church Tradition of Worship

  • Starting with a look at early Jewish worship, we look quickly at the developments that lead to our current pattern of communion-centered gatherings. Architecture is important, because “the building always wins.” This concludes with a PowerPoint trip to St. Gregory Nyssen, in San Francisco, to see what can happen when you start the whole enterprise from scratch.

 “40 Feet of Church History”

  • At a scale of 1 foot per hundred years, 40 feet gets us from the days of Abraham into the second decade of the 21st Century. We look very quickly at a few highlights and details that have shaped the journey of our faith.

 Use of Scripture in Worship and Theology

  • First, how exactly do we get from ancient Hebrew stories and poems, Greek letters and Gospels, to a unified (more or less) set of Holy Scriptures? A little “show and tell” using Hebrew, Greek, Syriac, Coptic, and Latin texts will help us mark the way. And once we’ve got it all together, who divvies it up for Sunday Mornings and what’s with these choices?

The Catechism

  • Tucked in the back of the Prayerbook is a Catechism. What’s the difference between a Creed, a Confession and one of these, and why do we settle for two out of three?

Structure & Contemporary Connections

  • What’s a Vestry? What’s a Diocese and why is that important to us? Who else out there is an Anglican? Where are we going?

In the (likely) event of weather or other cancellations, the class will have make-up sessions in March if necessary.

We have often included a “Field Trip” in addition to the classes to visit other churches. Details will be discussed and determined by class members.

The class is an essential part of the preparation for adult confirmation or reception into the Episcopal Church (ask the Rector what that’s all about). It can also be a nice refresher for long-time members who want to remember where it all comes from. RSVP to the Rector.

The Rev’d Canon Dr. Mark Gatza,


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