Christian Formation Classes

For more information about any Christian Formation program, contact Sub-Dean Manoj Zacharia.

Forum on Human Trafficking

Sunday, September 13, 11:30 a.m.
Join us for a training session on human trafficking as presented by End Slavery Cincinnati. This is an opportunity to learn more about this critical justice issue. Find out what is being done in Cincinnati to assist victims, and learn how to identify victims of human trafficking. We offer this series in hopes that it raises our commitment to action as well. Questions? Contact Susan West.

A Weekend of Extravagant Healing with the Rev. Becca Stevens

The Rev. Becca Stevens will be in Cincinnati from September 25-27 to speak at both the Transfiguration Spirituality Center and Christ Church Cathedral on extravagant healing. Becca Stevens is a well known author, Episcopal priest, and founder of Thistle Farms-Magdalene, a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. Thistle Farms employs residents and graduates of Magdalene, and houses a natural body care line, a paper and sewing studio, Thistle Stop Cafe, and its new global initiative, Shared Trade.

Becca will be conducting workshops at Transfiguration on September 25-26, and will be preaching at Christ Church Cathedral at both the 8:00 & 10:00 a.m. liturgies on Sunday, September 27. Becca will also lead the 11:30 a.m. adult formation class to discuss how Magdalene communities are helping women. For more information on registering for the workshops, contact Transfiguration. For information on the adult formation offering, contact Canon Manoj Zacharia.

The Cathedral Academy Returns This Fall

Mark your calendars, as Cathedral Academy will begin again on September 23, and run through the Advent Series on December 16. This offering will be structured as follows: Evening Prayer at 5:35 p.m., dinner at 5:55, class at 6:30, and compline at 7:45. See details on specific classes below. Please register for classes by signing up at the church reception desk or by contacting the instructor.

Education for Ministry

The Jesus You Thought You Knew: Exploring the Radical Parables
Wednesday evenings, September 23 & 30, October 7 & 14

Parables such as the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son are so familiar to us. We've heard them again and again, often since childhood; but do we truly understand the radical nature of these stories? This class will help us to place ourselves in the socio-political context of Jesus' day to really uncover the subversive nature of our most beloved parables. This class will be Bible Study with a twist! Instructor: Dean Gail Greenwell.

Mass Incarceration
Wednesday evenings,
October 21 & 28, November 4, 11 & 18

This five-week course will focus on aspects of New York Times best-selling author's work, Michelle Alexander (The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness), by using theological, historical, and sociological resources. Facilitator: Dr. Merelyn Bates-Mims.

Wednesday evenings, September 23, & 30, October 7, 14, 21 & 28, November 4, 11 & 18
"The spiritual life is characterize by movement and discovery, challenge and change, adversity and joy, uncertainty and fulfillment. It is also marked in a special way by companionship, first with the One we seek to follow and second with those who also seek to follow Jesus Christ." -companions of christ

In this special class on Discipleship, we will journey together as individuals and as a group, moving ever closer to the state of wholeness. For nine weeks, we will immerse ourselves in the spiritual disciplines of prayer, scripture and worship. We will read and study, reflect and journal, meet for conversation and listen as deeply as we hope to speak. Companions of Christ: A Small Group Experience in Spiritual Experience (Upper Room, 2006) will be our guide for this class to help us experience within our lives new dimensions of the call of God and what it means to practice the presence of God. As a covenanted group limited to ten participants, we will share, wonder, discover, celebrate, and support one another, as we develop deeper understandings of how each of us are to share in the mind, heart, and work of Jesus. Facilitator: Canon Sherilyn Pearce. Requirements: A copy of the book, Companions of Christ, a journal and bible, preferably the NRSV.

Advent Evening Series
Wednesday evenings, December 2, 9 & 16

Our Advent Evening series will be the last leg of the Cathedral Academy programming for the fall. The series will focus on "Incarnation" and will be taught by the cathedral clergy staff (on December 2) and Bishop Thomas Breidenthal (on December 9 and 16). The bishop brings a passion for civic involvement, strong lay leadership and ministry, and Biblical preaching. A noted author, he has written about the issues of same-sex unions, what constitutes a Christian household, and how to raise ethical children. His books include Sacred Unions: A New Guide to Life-Long Commitment, published in 2006, and Christian Households: The Sanctification of Nearness, published in 1997. He also was a member of the planning and facilitation team for the 1996 Conference on Third World Debt Relief sponsored by the Office of UN Anglican Observer. Facilitator: Canon Manoj Zacharia.

Bible Study

Today's Bible Readings
Sundays, 9 a.m.

Men's Bible Study
Thursdays, 8 a.m., Library

Women's Bible Study: Currently on summer hiatus. The group will resume meeting on September 3.
Thursdays, noon, Library, September through May

SoulCollage Workshops

About Christian Formation

What is traditionally called religious education, or even Sunday School, is known as Christian Formation at the cathedral. This is not just some branding effort to be different or unique. Instead, it reflects an approach to how we believe we may best grow as Christians.

Being a Christian is not only an intellectual pursuit, but also -- and deeply - a matter of the heart and spirit. When we open ourselves up to the concept of formation, a formation directed by the hand of God, we move into our true callings as human persons. The act of formation becomes transformation. And in that, we learn what it truly means to be Christian. Our classes reflect this understanding.

The Christian Formation committee is chaired by Susan West.

Christian Formation for Youth

Christian Formation for Children

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