St. Mary's offers faith formation opportunities for adults throughout the year. Always prompting lively discussions, these sessions are based on topics suggested by parishioners--sometimes "ripped from the headlines" of current world events. Guest presenters and St. Mary's clergy periodically present forums that delve deeper into matters of faith, Christian living and our ministry to others.
Second Saturday Discussion Series
Join us at 9:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month as we delve deeper into topics important to the faith journey of all Christians. These one-hour discussion groups are informal and everyone is welcome to join us when your schedule permits.
Our current discussion series focuses on C. S. Lewis' masterwork, Mere Christianity. Discussion topics will include: How do we differentiate right from wrong?, Who is God? What is Free Will? How should Christians behave? Why is hope so vital to humans? Why is there a Trinity: God in three persons? What is the cost of being Christian?
About Mere Christianity
One of the most popular and beloved introductions to the concept of faith ever written, Mere Christianity is a collection of scintillating brilliance which remains strikingly fresh for the modern reader, and which confirms C. S. Lewis's reputation as one of the leading Christian writers and thinkers of our age. The book brings together C. S. Lewis's legendary radio broadcasts during the World War II years, in which he set out simply to "explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times." Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations, Mere Christianity provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to absorb a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith. A forceful and accessible discussion of Christian belief, Mere Christianity is one of the most widely read and discussed introductions to Christianity ever written. Lewis uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together.
About C. S. Lewis
Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. A close friend and colleague of J. R. R. Tolkien, Lewis was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. Lewis wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Mere Christianity, Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over one hundred million copies and have been adapted into three major motion pictures.
Game nights, church suppers, movie nights, theater outings, ladies' night out, and even sleigh rides are held year round. St. Mary's is a great place to work, pray, and celebrate God's love!
Information about Children's and Youth Faith Formation is on a separate page.