Sunday Morning Programs for Adults
On most Sundays, Trinity hosts a forum, an ongoing discussion series on contemporary public and theological issues, and a drop-in Bible study. All programs are free, and open to the public. The forum presentations are available as podcasts. Click here for forum podcasts. Sermon podcasts are also available online.
Sundays at 10:10 am
Each week Trinity offers the Dean’s Forum or the Sunday Forum.
Dean Tracey Lind interviews leaders, teachers, thinkers and artists about faithful living at the Dean’s Forum. The Sunday Forum invites authors, theologians and other public figures to discuss their recent work. View the schedule here.
Sundays at 10:10 a. m. (unless otherwise noted)
Trinity offers small group conversation on issues of concern to the congregation, the Episcopal Church and the wider world. While topics are frequently selected in advance, newcomers are welcome. Upcoming discussion groups include:
Bible Study: African Bible Study Method
Led by Jane Freeman
This Bible study method was introduced by the delegation of African bishops at the 1998 Lambeth Conference (a conference convened by the Archbishop of Canterbury for all bishops of the Anglican communion). This method is a form of lectio divina or “holy reading” that is designed for use in small groups. This method of study provides groups a means for reflecting on scripture in a manner that elicits personal deliberation and response to the exhortations of Scripture.
Peter, Paul & Other Legends of Rome
Jan. 4, 11 & 25, 2015
Led by Dr. Bob Fowler
After Jesus, Peter and Paul were surely the two most important figures in early Christianity. What we know about them is sketchy, but fascinating. Apparently their paths crossed frequently in their long careers as missionary advocates of the early Jesus Movement. Three years after Paul’s conversion experience on the road to Damascus, he went to Jerusalem and spent time with Peter. Many years later, Peter and Paul were central players in the “Jerusalem Council” that met to debate the fate of Gentiles in the church. According to tradition, Peter was the first “bishop of Rome,” and most scholars believe that Peter and Paul were both martyred in Rome in the mid-60s CE, in a persecution engineered by the Roman Emperor Nero. Another tie that binds Peter and Paul is John Mark, traditionally regarded as the author of the Gospel of Mark. According to tradition, both Peter and Paul worked with John Mark in missionary outreach. John Mark first worked with Paul, and after they parted ways he spent the rest of his years assisting Peter. According to tradition, John Mark’s gospel contains anecdotes about Jesus that Mark had heard from Peter. Many of these stories about Peter and Paul surely have an historical basis, but many of them are surely unverifiable legends. We will do the best we can to sort it all out in this class.
Bob Fowler is a Trinity member and Professor of Religion at Baldwin Wallace University. Bob has studied the Gospel of Mark “forever,” and he has been invited to go to Rome in the next couple of years to teach a course on Mark at the Pontifical Biblical Institute.