Adult education and spiritual growth

A variety of opportunities throughout the week enrich our lives and our faith through learning and interaction with other seekers.  We honor each others individual spiritual journeys while sharing and growing together in Christ. We value the diverse gifts of children, teens, adults and elders, learning and growing together.  You don’t have to be a member of Atonement to participate – all are warmly invited and welcome.

BIBLE CONVERSATIONS – During the pandemic, we've been holding "Bible Conversations" on the first and third Thursdays each month, alternating between daytime (11 am) and evening (7:45 pm).  Each time we read and discuss a single text, so there’s no need for preparation or knowledge of the Bible.  The next sessions are:  May 6 at 11 am, March 20 at 7:45 pm, and so forth.  To receive a Zoom invitation, contact the Rector through the Contact page.

FRIDAY MORNING BOOK GROUP during EASTERTUDE began with All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki, and we will now meet on May 7 to discuss The Sand County Almanac, and follow up with short stories.  As always, our discussions will be on Friday mornings 10-11 a.m. on Zoom, returning to in-person gatherings in the Reception Room at Atonement, but will also be available on Zoom for those at a distance, or who prefer to continue to participate remotely.  Through the year we alternate between fiction and non-fiction..  Led by Lynne & Dean Weber.  Contact Lynne for more information.

DISCOVERY NIGHTS/NEWCOMERS/INQUIRERS - Our Discovery Nights will resume after Easter, on May 4 and June 1.  (Meanwhile participants have been attending the series on race offered by our Diocese on Tuesday evenings this winter.)


Our Discovery Nights are designed for visitors, seekers, newcomers — and lifetime learners.  You’d invited for a casual supper, faith sharing, learning and conversation!  Our normal supper at 7:15 has been suspended during the pandemic; we hold our Zoom discussions  7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Come to all the sessions, or to the ones that most interest you.  Especially recommended for those interested in learning more about Christianity and the Episcopal Church, but open to everyone!  If you have any questions or would like to participate, contact the church office, or contact the Rector through the Contact Page.  In the fall of 2020 we held discussions on Racism.  We expect to resume in fall 2021 also on Racism, using The Episcopal Church's curriculum, Sacred Ground.

MINI RETREATS (“QUIET DAYS”) - Mini Retreats are opportunities to delve more deeply into a Biblical text or theme of the season.  Because people have different ways of learning, we enter the story via learning, Ignatian meditation, quiet time with questions for reflection, poetry, Q&A/discussion, and an art meditation.  We end with a festive luncheon.  Scheduled in advance, on Saturdays, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.  Sugg. donation:  $10, retreat and lunch.  These have been suspended during the pandemic.  We hope to schedule one in the late June or early July 2021!  Look here for updates. 

ADULT EDUCATION RETREAT –  Together we learn, pray with the monks, find time for rest and reflection, and enjoy delicious meals, all overlooking the Hudson River.  Our 2020 retreat was cancelled due to the pandemic.  We have a reservation for our next retreat October 1-3, 2021 at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York.  And, Holy Cross expects to re-open for visitors on September 1, so -- save the date and join us!  Led by Lynne & Dean Weber

If you’d like to know more about our Bible study and other adult ed opportunities, please send an email through our Contact page.  We’ll be glad to send you the latest schedule and information about participating.  All are welcome!