At St. Luke’s, we believe that God is a mystery to explore for a lifetime. We encourage Christians of all ages to continue pursuing new knowledge, ideas, and practices throughout all their days. Committed Christians as well as those just beginning to explore are welcome to join us as we delve deeper into the Christian faith and life. We offer a variety of educational forums, visiting speakers, classes, Bible studies, spiritual retreats, and special events. We invite you to take a look at our ever-evolving offerings.
Book Series | Church Teaching for a Changing World
Monthly, October 2019-June 2020
In this nine-month discussion sequence, we will journey through the Church’s Teachings for a Changing World book series. We will explore the beliefs, ethos, history, practice, vision and mission of the Episcopal Church. Each month, one book will be assigned, and the discussion meeting will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal on the last Sunday of the month between 9:00-9:55 AM. The discussion will focus on our experience reading the text, insights gained, challenges felt and growth in our relationship to the church. There is no need to commit to reading all the books or attending all the meetings. St. Luke’s can provide a hardcopy of the book to anyone who wants to join that month’s meeting. We hope you can join for some or all of these discussions and we encourage you to invite others to join us. On month(s) that you wish to participate, please RSVP to Alberto Varona at firstname.lastname@example.org and inform him if you wish to receive a copy of the book.
Dates: 1/26, 2/23, 3/29, 4/26, 5/31, 6/28 | Sundays, 9:00 AM
Childcare available upon request
Book Group | Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey Into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew’s Gospel
Sundays | 11:30 AM-12:30 PM | February 2 – February 23, 2020
A global and pioneering leader of progressive Christianity, John Shelby Spong, explains why a literal reading of the Gospels is actually heretical, and how this mistaken notion only entered the church once Gentiles had pushed out all the Jewish followers of Jesus. Using the Gospel of Matthew, our primary gospel in this lectionary year, as a guide, Spong explores the Bible’s literary and liturgical roots—its grounding in Jewish culture, symbols, icons, and storytelling tradition—to explain how the events of Jesus’ life would have been understood by both the Jewish authors of the various gospels and by the Jewish audiences for which they were originally written. REGISTER HERE
Deanery-Wide Retreat | Leap into The Way of Love
February 29, 2020
Join Episcopalians from across the Evanston area for a day-long spirituality retreat centered on Presiding Bishop Curry’s Way of Love to kick off lent. Keynote from Chris Sikkema, manager of special projects for the national church. The day will include special focus on creating a rule of life.
Lenten Small Groups | The Way of Love
March 1- April 5, 2020
- Bible Study for Persons with Ill Partners
- Book Group on “She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse.”
St. Luke’s Newcomers Class
March 2020, date TBD
Contact the rector (email@example.com) for additional details on this upcoming session
Autumn Small Groups | Wonder
October 11-November 15, 2020
Additional details to follow
Parish-wide Retreat | A Sense of Wonder
November 14, 2020
Facilitator and poet Mark S. Burrows will guide us in an exploration of the work of poets and theologians, mystics and activists, some of whose works shaped the heart of the Christian tradition, while others gave their witness at the boundaries. All were joined in Socrates’ conviction that wonder is the beginning of wisdom, the impulse that opens our lives to the “more” that is always present among us. All knew, in their ways, that mystery shimmers in an infinite variety of ordinary, earthly forms. Join us as we gather to cultivate a deeper sense of wonder together, knowing that such a witness holds the seeds of hope so needed in times like these.