Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Catechesis with the Rector

“Catechesis (pronounced /ˌkætəˈkiːsɪs/) is an education in the faith which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life.”

The Rector of St. Mark’s is the Rev. Charles Hawkins. Dr. Hawkins has been the Rector of St. Mark’s since August of 2000. He holds two master degrees and a Ph.D. in theology and has done additional study at Oxford University (Oxford, England) and the University of the South (Sewanee, Tennessee).

This year, the Rector will be regularly conducting a class on Sunday mornings during our Church School Hour. All adults are invited and welcomed but those adults who are considering baptism, reaffirming their baptismal vows, being received into the Episcopal Church, or being Confirmed are especially encouraged to attend this class.

Topics will vary widely (watch the weekly “Parish Announcements” for the topic each week). Topics will include scripture study, church history, liturgy, theology, and ethics.

Format of the class will also vary. Often there will be audio/visual aids (such as videos or slideshows) followed by a facilitated discussion. Occasionally there will be a lecture followed by a question and answer period. Sometimes the class will be lead through a theological reflection on a particular issue or scripture passage.

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