ADULT

Formation

Growing in faith is a lifelong journey.

FAITH IN ACTION

Growing in faith is a life-long journey and we offer many opportunities for adults to explore the Christian faith and discover how to live out their faith in the world. At Good Samaritan, we value questions, wrestle with doubts, and don’t settle for easy answers. Learning together in community helps us understand more about God, the world, and ourselves. Our formation opportunities for adults are safe places to wrestle with real life and discover how God is present through every stage, experience, or challenge.

Adult formation is offered in a variety of ways, including Sunday morning formation during the academic year, small groups, retreats, and weekly Bible studies.

Adult Formation on October 9,16,23 and 30 and November 13 and 20

We are referred to as Christians even though Jesus and the first disciples were Jews. Why? The Bible we use today includes an ‘Old Testament’ that can seem alien to us. Why do we have it and use it? Why do we have a ‘New Testament’ that the earliest Christians did not have? Why is our church shaped and led the way it is with bishops, priests, and deacons instead of relying simply on the charisms and leadership abilities of members in general? We recite a creed every Sunday – why? How did the earliest Christians pray – how do and how can we follow their practices?

Philip Ballinger will offer and lead reflections on these and other issues in the early Church that shape our experience today during the month of October and November. In the course of these presentations, participants will meet early Christian writers including Clement of Rome, Polycarp of Smyrna, Justin the Martyr, Ignatius of Antioch and Tertullian; and they will be introduced to early Christian documents used in the 1st and 2nd centuries including the Didache, the Epistle of Barnabas, and the Shepherd of Hermas. They will learn how figures including Marcion, Montanus, Priscilla, Maximilla, and Celsus led the early church to develop beliefs and practices that are commonplace today. In November, participants will learn about and even practice some early and traditional forms of prayer and reflection.

Philip Ballinger is a member of the Good Samaritan community as well as a retired Associate Vice Provost at the University of Washington, an affiliate faculty member of the UW’s Comparative Religion department, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at USC’s Rossier School of Education. He holds a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) and Religious Studies (Ph.D.) from the Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (Louvain) and has taught courses and led seminars in the areas of early Church history including Gnosticism and Orthodoxy, the development of the New Testament, authority and structure in the early Church, and language and symbolism in Christian belief and experience. He is the author of ‘The Poem as Sacrament: the Theological Aesthetic of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ (Eerdmans, 2000).

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