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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 other's individual spiritual journeys while sharing and growing together in Christ. You don’t have to be a member of Atonement to participate – all are warmly invited and welcome.

BIBLE STUDY Atonement has Bible study on 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., meeting in the Reception Room at Atonement, and also via Zoom (HYBRID).  Refreshments at 7:15 p.m.   Bible Study will take "time off" in August, and resume on September 7 and 28, October 5 and 19, when we will study Paul's 1st and 2nd letters to Timothy.  Everyone is always welcome. For a Zoom invitation, see below.

BOOK GROUP  - The group meets on Friday mornings 10-11 a.m.  We are now HYBRID - in-person gatherings in the Reception Room at Atonement, and also 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; some books have religious or ethical themes, some are just for fun or general interest.  Led by Lynne & Dean Weber.  On August 10, the group will discuss the novel, The Promise by Damon Galgut.  Then, Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver will be discussed on September 8 and 15.  All welcome!  To receive a Zoom invitation, contact Lynne via text, phone, or: 

SACRED GROUND - Beginning in March 2022, a group was formed to participate "in person" only in SACRED GROUND - a curriculum on race and faith of The Episcopal Church.  This group which is now "closed" to new participants, will continue through September.  (Final Session #11 in September or October.) If there's interest, a new group may form later in fall 2023.


DISCOVERY NIGHTS - Casual supper, getting to know each other, learning and sharing together!  Discovery Nights are designed for seekers, newcomers, and lifelong learners.  This year, we began with the ancient Celtic/Anglican tradition of Christianity and the English Reformation - DVDs and discussion - the last session for this season will be on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, 7:15 (supper), 7:45 (discussion) - with two videos on The Episcopal Church.  Next year we'll have a different series.  If you have any questions or would like to participate, contact the church office, contact the Rector through the Contact Page, or sign up on the sheet in the Reception Room.  

MINI RETREATS (“QUIET DAYS”) - Our next mini quiet day will be on Saturday, October 7, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, "Francis of Assisi:  familiar and yet unexpected saint."  All welcome - RSVP by Friday, September 29, 12 noon to the parish office.  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 on a Bible passage, 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.  Suggested donation:  $15, includes the quiet day and festive lunch.  

ADULT EDUCATION RETREAT Together we learn and discuss, pray with the monks, find time for rest and reflection, and enjoy delicious meals, all overlooking the Hudson River.  Dean and Lynne Weber teach.  Our 2022 retreat, "The Truth Will Make You Free" was held September 30 - October 2 at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York.  Next year's date is set at September 22-24, 2023; title:  "How Jewish was Jesus?"  More spaces have opened up!  Full payment of $270 was due by Sunday, September 13 - contact Lynne at for more information.  Confidential partial scholarships available.

SUNDAY FORUMS - We usually schedule one educational forum each month after the 10 am Sunday service, after refreshments, at about 11:30 a.m.  Our next Sunday Forum will be on September 10 led by Dean Weber.


INTERFAITH & ECUMENICAL OFFERINGSAs the pandemic eases, we are returning once again for "in person" as well as online conversations through our participation in Interfaith Women's Initiative, the Tenafly Interfaith Association, and the Interfaith Brotherhood-Sisterhood Committee of Bergen County. The TIA is focusing on education inequality in New Jersey, as we also plan again for our Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.


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!

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