The St. Barnabas Adult Forum is a self-guided, free-ranging spiritual inquiry roundtable (usually without the table) that plumbs the big questions of 21st century Christian life at the intersection of faith, culture, and knowledge. Our goal is to learn together and share personal perspectives in safe, respectful dialogue that stimulates growth in our spiritual evolution.
We meet on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in Grant Hall at St. Barnabas Church, 1280 Vine Street, Denver, CO, 80206.
Please join us on June 4th for a Brainstorming & Ideas Session!
Sunday, June 4: Please join Forum Planners and Adult Faith Formation to brainstorm next steps for Adult Programming at St. Barnabas. What did you enjoy this year? What do you want to see happening next year? What do you want to explore in the Forum? We'll bring a list of ideas that have been gathered to date and an open mind to hear what you have to say.
Let's look at the Adult Forum, Education for Ministry, and other programs in which you participate now. Let's also look at what isn't at St. Barnabas that you'd like to see. What about St. B book club, hikes, bike rides, potlucks, movie nights etc. etc. Programs for interest groups such as contemplatives, meditators, political activists, LGTBTQ? Programs that are project oriented, like addressing homelessness or reaching out to congregations that are different from St. B? Programs that are more directly religious such as a Bible study or a book group on religious topics. Would you participate? What times/days of the week? Are you willing to lead? To meet in your home?
If you are not available to join the discussion on June 4, please submit your ideas to Chris Bauer via our Contact-Us form, send us a message through the Meetup group page (Spiritual Discussions Without Indoctrination) or talk to any Forum Planner or Adult Faith Formation (AFF) member. The Forum Planners are Chris Bauer, Bill Lundgren, Jack Unruh, Wills Long, Patrick Wilson, and Patti Anderson. AFF leaders are Chris Bauer, Elizabeth Hepp and Tasha Zoller.
This is a time for feedback, dreaming and brainstorming, so practical and feasible are not essential. We'll work out the details as we go along. Thank you in advance for your input and insights!
Please join us! Find us through Meetup by clicking here.
Education for Ministry (EFM)
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year theological study and group reflection process out of Sewanee School of Theology for the formation of Christians involved in a variety of different ministries.
Topics covered include:
- Spirituality, prayer, and worship
- The authority of the Bible for the church today
- The lessons and perspectives of history
- Theological reflection as a life skill
- Integrating behavior and belief for faithful living
- Discovering vocation, passion, and one’s place in the church
Through study, prayer, reflection, and small-group conversation, participants are offered an opportunity to examine their own beliefs in light of the Christian tradition and everyday experience — developing knowledge, aptitude, and identity as followers of Jesus. The first two years of the curriculum focus on Scripture (year one on the Hebrew Scriptures and year two on the New Testament), year three examines Church history, and year four focuses on theology and ethics.