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 – Troughout the pandemic, we've held Bible studies on Zoom.  Starting this Fall 2022, we'll resume our pre-pandemic schedule.  This includes daytime "Bible Conversations" on the third Thursday of the month at 11:00 a.m, normally "in person" at a coffee shop or diner.  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:  September 15 at 11 am - Cafe Angelique in Tenafly (the old train station) - outdoors, weather permitting.  Evening Bible studies will resume discussing one book of the Bible over several sessions, on 1-2 Thursdays (normally 1st and 3rd Thursdays) at 7:30 p.m., meeting "in person" in the Reception Room at Atonement, and also via Zoom.   Some suggested preparation at the start of each new study is helpful, but not required, and all are welcome.  The next sessions, starting I Corinthians will be held on:  September 15, October 6 & 20 at 7:30 p.m.  (Refreshments at 7:15 p.m.)  

FRIDAY MORNING BOOK GROUP  - The group has met through the pandemic on Zoom.  As always, on Friday mornings 10-11 a.m.  We are now HYBRID - we've returned 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.  Over the summer of 2022, we're reading Love in the Time of Cholera for discussion in September.  invisible child will be our next non-fiction, to be discussed in October.  Contact Mike Murphy or Lynne Weber for more information.

DISCOVERY NIGHTS/NEWCOMERS/INQUIRERS - Our Discovery Nights resumed in the spring of 2022, substituting SACRED GROUND - a curriculum on race and faith - for the usual newcomers' sessions.  We expect these to resume on several 2nd Tuesday evening starting in October 2022.  Discovery Nights for newcomer starting with the ancient Celtic/Anglican tradition of Christianity and the English Reformation - DVDs and discussion - will resume in January 2023, for those who may be interested in joining The Episcopal Church.

Our Discovery Nights are designed for visitors, seekers, newcomers — and lifetime learners.   If you have any questions or would like to participate, contact the church office, or contact the Rector through the Contact Page.  For Sacred Ground, contact Senior Warden Fran Regan, or the Rector.    

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.  Suggested donation:  $10, retreat and lunch.  These were suspended during the periods of the pandemic when the church buildings were closed to group gatherings.  However, we held our first quiet day in over a year on Saturday, July 31, 2021, and a full quiet day in LENT 2022.   A fall 2022 quiet day will be scheduled.

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.  Our 2022 retreat, "The Truth Will Set You Free" will be held September 30 - October 2 at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York.  Cost is $250 and RSVP due by August 15.  Led by Lynne & Dean Weber.  Deadline for registration & payment is Wednesday, August 12 to Pat D'Anna in the parish office.  Financial assistance available upon request.  Questions, call Pat:  201-568-1763.

SUNDAY FORUMS - We hold one adult education forum each month after the 10 am Sunday service.  Our first forum this fall will be on Sunday, September 18, after refreshments, at about 11:30 a.m.  The topic will be "The Lambeth Conference: sharing Anglican stories of faith and life around the world."   Led by Dean and Lynne Weber.


INTERFAITH & ECUMENICAL OFFERINGS:  As the pandemic eases, we expect to return once again for "in person" as well as online coversations through our participation in Interfaith Women's Initiative, the Tenafly Interfaith Association, and the Interfaith Brotherhood-Sisterhood Committee of Bergen County. 


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!