Sustain them, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give them an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.

This prayer is said for people when they are baptised for we know that the life of faith is one of change and growth.  At Christ Church Cathedral, we offer a variety of opportunities throughout the year for adults (baptized or not) to explore their faith in an open and creative atmosphere.  Together, we reflect on our own experiences, study Scripture, and listen to what theologians and scholars have to teach us.

We don’t promise to provide easy answers but we do promise good company in the asking of good questions!

Each year, there are opportunities for adults to deepen their faith through the study of central topics of Christian teaching.  These courses also serve as preparation for adults and older teens seeking to make a public commitment through baptism, confirmation, reception to the Anglican communion, or reaffirmation of their faith.

Please contact Rhonda for more information about the next course of study.

Special educational opportunities are offered every year during the seasons of Advent and Lent to help us prepare for Christmas and Easter, the major feasts of the Christian calendar.

Lent 2015

Meeting God in Mark: Reflections for the Season of Lent
by Rowan Williams

Join Visiting Theologian, the Rev’d Canon Eric Beresford for a three-part course on Rowan William’s new book, Meeting God in Mark: Reflections for the Season of Lent.  This wonderful book will enrich both your mind and your heart.  As Williams writes in the introduction:  Mark is challenging us not simply to read but to expose ourselves to a new and transforming relationship with the figure at the heart of his story.

Tuesdays, March 3rd, 10th, and 24th.  A light soup supper will be served at 7pm.
$30 for the course, including the book.  Register with Rhonda.

Lenten Carbon Fast: Environmental Ethics

On each Sunday in Lent, gather in the chapel with your fair trade coffee for a short time of learning and reflection on topics of environmental ethics.  Speaker details will be announced as they are confirmed.

1st Sunday in Lent (Feb. 22nd) – That Sunday’s preacher, the Rev’d Canon Eric Beresford, will host a discussion of environmental ethics as illuminated by the day’s texts: Genesis 9:11-17 and Mark 1:9-15.

2nd Sunday in Lent (March 1st) – The Social Justice Action Group will lead us in a discussion regarding the carbon impact of our food.

3rd Sunday in Lent (March 8th) – Craig Sauvé, city councillor for the Saint-Henri–Petite-Bourgogne–Pointe-Saint-Charles district and Project Montréal’s transport critic, will speak on issues of public transportation in Montreal.

4th Sunday in Lent (March 15th) –  Meg Graham, a Cathedral parishioner who teaches at McGill on issues of sustainability will present a review of Maude Barlow’s most recent book, Blue Future: Protecting water for People and the Planet.

At the moment, the Cathedral offers two Bible study groups which meet regularly.

Hungry Minds: Bible Study and Supper for Students and Young Adults

More information on Hungry Minds can be found here.

 

Pain, Partage, et Prière

The French-language sharing and bible study group meets every two weeks from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. after the 12:45 Eucharist.  More information can be found here (en français).

Table Fellowships are an opportunity for members of the community to host a discussion on any subject they would like.  Participants gather, sometimes in people’s homes and sometimes in the church, to share a meal and good conversation.  Past topics have included:

  • Science Fiction/Fantasy and Christianity
  • Euthanasia
  • Poetry
  • Gender and Sexuality

 

If you would like to host a table fellowship, please feel free to contact Paul.

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