Fall 2018 Wisdom School

ST BARNABAS’ SCHOOL OF WISDOM is open to the curious and the serious – to all seekers of Christian wisdom and spirituality. Our assumption is that everyone needs to find their own way, their own way. Each course and each spiritual practice is part of a transformational journey, a journey we are all on whether we are conscious of it or not. All are welcome to join us in learning and practicing the spiritual path that Christianity has to offer.

PURPOSE
The purpose of the School is to open our hearts and awaken our minds toward the growth of the soul. We explore our unique individual paths on common spiritual ground with others to:
• Encounter the Divine
• Experience the power of story
• Question the ways we think
• Re-imagine our tradition
• Co-create our world
Together we engage in study and practice rooted in the Christian tradition while honoring the other world’s great faith traditions, encouraging compassionate commitment to self and others, and informing our daily lives through the working of Spirit.

METHODOLOGY
The methodology of the School of Wisdom combines and balances theology and theory with the experience of spiritual practice. Intellectual study, by itself, does not lead to the secret of life. Learning wisdom requires the use of multiple powers of perception, most of which are undeveloped. Wisdom is “intuitive knowledge” which understands with the inner senses through experience, prayer, contemplation, and other spiritual practices. By combining these methods, we develop spiritual eyes to see and spiritual ears to hear the reality (the Kingdom) that lies beneath, behind and within this physical reality. To grow into our complete humanity — to share in the wisdom, strength, vision, love, and compassion of God — is to learn with the whole of our being — body, mind, heart, and soul.

St. Barnabas School of Wisdom will again be offering classes this Fall. Classes will begin on Thursday, September 6 and continue through November 15, 2018. We offer Contemplative prayer in the Sanctuary at 5:45, then begin every evening in the Parrish Hall with opening prayer and announcements at 6:15, we then move to our classrooms at 6:30. Classes end promptly at 8:00. Each class is $10 for the semester. Books will be available for purchase in the office and on the beginning evening. You may register online or by calling the church office. You may call Debbie Gorden, 830-285-7668, with questions.

The Heart of Christianity, a series of talks by Marcus Borg based on his book “Heart of Christianity”. This series will be facilitated by Julie Roseberry. The themes covered are: Seeing the Foundation Again: Bible and tradition Seeing Faith Again: Not belief but relationship Transformation: Born again and dying and rising Social Transformation: Kingdom of God and Jesus as Lord Borg will discuss what it means to be a Christian today, traditional, or emerging paradigm in the modern and post modern world of science, historical scholarship pluralism and cultural diversity and how we can rediscover a life of faith and be passionate believers today. You may purchase the book, however, there will be plenty of material to encourage a lively discussion by the group even if you do not purchase the book. Books will be available for sale in the office or online.

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande Our humanity is a marvelous thing. One aspect of it, though, is that we are mortal. We die. Modern medicine looks at healing. Dr. Gawande found that learning to deal with the difficulties of the fact that life does end was not a part of the medicine he learned. He shares his experiences and learning with us in Being Mortal. We will read and discuss what he learned and found. “I believe that we will gain insight into life and death.” We will discuss, roughly, a chapter a week and delve into the insights he brings. “I believe that we will all gain from the book and from sharing our thoughts of it.” This class will be facilitated by The Rev. Mary Ann Garrett, who facilitated this class twice at St. James Church in Baton Rouge, La. Again, these books may be ordered online or purchased from the Church.