School of Christian Living

A school that engages the whole person --intellect, passion and spirit -- seeking to form a meaningful way of being Christian and putting your Christian faith into practice in the world.

REGIATER FOR SESSIONS by contacting the church office at 772-562-3633 or .

Classes/Gatherings will be held Monday afternoons (3:30 to 5:00 pm) and Tuesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 pm) from October 2018 through April 2019. You can sign up for one session or all sessions by contacting the church office (772-562-3633 ) or Elaine Matthes, Ministry Associate for Spiritual Formation. (772-469-2309)

Monday Afternoon Classes  (3:30 – 5:00 pm)

Session I  “Who/What Is A Christian?”  (6 weeks)
“To follow Jesus implies that we enter into a way of life that is given character and shape and direction by the one who calls us. To follow Jesus means picking up rhythms and ways of doing things that are often unsaid but always derivative from Jesus, formed by the influence of Jesus. To follow Jesus means that we can’t separate what Jesus is saying from what Jesus is doing and the way he is doing it. To follow Jesus is as much, or maybe even more, about feet as it is about ears and eyes.”
The Jesus Way – Eugene H. Peterson
Monday Oct. 15 – Nov. 19, 2018 - Led by Elaine Matthes

Session II “How Do The 10 Commandments Apply Now” (7 weeks)
Is there anything in the Ten Commandments to really care about (as Christians) or are they simply artifacts of another world? Are they still really an authentic criteria for anybody’s lives, let alone our own?  Using the video series developed by Joan Chittister, OSB, we will look at how these commandments might still apply today.
Monday Dec. 3, 10 , 17, Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28    led by different staff members

Session III  “Living a Contemplative Life”  (4 weeks)
That’s one reason why religion is in such desperate straits today: It isn’t really transforming people. It’s merely giving people some pious and religious ways to again be in charge and in control. It’s still the same small self or what (Thomas) Merton called the false self. Mature, authentic spirituality calls us into experiences and teachings that open us to an actual transformation of consciousness (Romans 12:2).

I think some form of contemplative practice is necessary to be able to detach from your own agenda, your own anger, your own ego, and your own fear. We need some practice that touches our unconscious conditioning where all our wounds and defense mechanisms lie. That’s the only way we can be changed at any significant or lasting level.     (Richard Rohr, OFM, )
Monday Feb.4 – Feb. 25 - Led by staff and church clergy members

Session IV  “See How They Love One Another” (6 weeks)
 Since Jesus gathered a small group around himself, community has been a vital aspect of following the way of Jesus. We were never meant to make this journey alone. Actually, we cannot. Yet, how are we as individuals able to come together in a life-giving, compassionate, honest community that will both affirm and stretch us? That will be the question we will seek to answer during this session.
Monday March 4 – April 8 - Led by staff and church clergy members

Tuesday Evening Classes (6:00 – 7:30 pm)

Session V  “Reading Scripture With Our Minds and Hearts” (4 weeks)
Reading the Sacred Scriptures of Christianity requires an open intellect and heart that leads us on an exciting journey of discovery; first of who God is and, then, how are we to be in relationship to God.
Tuesday Oct. 23 – Nov. 13 - Led by church staff members

Session VI  “Prayer As A Foundation”  (3 weeks)
Whether you are a beginner or a practiced “pray-er” this session will help cultivate a more meaningful prayer experience and help to explain what prayer is about and why it is relevant to our lives.
Tuesday Dec. 3 – Dec. 17 - Led by staff and church clergy members

Session VII  “The Call to Compassionate Service” (6 weeks)
We learn from Jesus that no one is excluded from fellowship, not the rich or poor, male or female, slave or free. Jesus went beyond superficial divisions and called for a culture of compassion. Compassion changes everything. Compassion mends the broken and restores what has been lost. Compassion pulls us out of ourselves and into the heart of another…..    Judy Cannato, Field of Compassion
Tuesday Jan. 8 – Feb 12 - Led by staff and church clergy members