This Lent, as a community, we will undertake a conversation focusing on various issues surrounding immigration and refugee resettlement. Specifically, we will reflect on our call as Christians to respond the needs of the world, to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to be open to new possibilities of how God is moving in our lives and communities.
There will be a number of ways to take part in this important conversation, as well as ways to explore our faith and how God is calling us to respond both to our own needs and the needs of others. Join us Sundays for our special 9 a.m. Forum series. In addition, we invite you to participate in a small group, which will meet on Wednesday nights throughout the season. See below for details on these opportunities, and scroll to the bottom to sign up for a Wednesday night small group.:
Six-Week Lenten 9 a.m. Sunday Forum Series, “The Community of the Seeker”
This six-week forum series, running from February 18 to March 25, will include a variety of speakers who will explore various aspects of immigration and refugee resettlement in our community and culture. Speakers will include Dean Penny Bridges, Consul General Marcela Celorio and SDSU Immigration Economics professor Dr. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, as well as representatives of local organizations working directly on these issues and members of the St. Paul’s and wider San Diego community who will share from their own experiences.
Wednesday Night Faith Formation Class Offerings
On Wednesday nights in Lent, from February 14 through March 28, three classes will be offered. Each Wednesday gathering will begin with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by classes from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. All dinners will be provided by class participants, so when each person signs up there will be an option to bring part of a meal on one of the Wednesday nights for the group, either an entrée, side, or dessert. Of course, signing up to bring food is encouraged, but not required for participation.
Book Study: Seeking Refuge: On The Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis
This small group book study will be one way for people interested in going into deeper discussion during the week on this year’s Lenten theme. The book, Seeking Refuge by Matthew Soerens, is a Christian exploration of and reflection on the global refugee crisis. Books cost $10.
Finding Our Spiritual Home: Adult Preparation for Baptism and Confirmation
This class is open to all who are interested in being either baptized or confirmed at the Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 31. This class will focus on the main teachings of the Episcopal Church, as well as on cultivating ways to continue to connect our faith with our everyday lives. Cost is $15.
Living the Questions
The Living the Questions curriculum offers participants weekly opportunities to explore some of the most profound questions of our faith and creates a safe space to openly discuss our faith with one another, while also continuing to learn how to embody our faith in our daily lives. There is no cost for this class.