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 STUDIES – Atonement has two Bible study opportunies:  "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) - then October 20.  "Bible Study" is an ongoing reading and discussion of one book of the Bible.  This is held on two Thursdays each month (normally 1st and 3rd Thursdays) at 7:30 p.m., meeting in the Reception Room at Atonement, and also via Zoom (HYBRID).   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, Nov. 3 & 17 at 7:30 p.m.  (Refreshments at 7:15 p.m.)  

FRIDAY MORNING 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.  Led by Lynne & Dean Weber.  In September. we discussed the novel, Love in the Time of Cholera (fiction) and invisible child by Andrea Elliott (non-fiction). We'll discuss West into the Wind, a 1946 memoir of one of the first female solo pilots, Beryl Markham, on October 14.  Contact Mike Murphy or Lynne Weber for more information, or to be added to the Zoom invitations.

DISCOVERY NIGHTS/NEWCOMERS/INQUIRERS - Our Discovery Nights resumed in the spring of 2022, with SACRED GROUND - a curriculum on race and faith - in place of the usual newcomers' sessions.  We continue with SACRED GROUND on several 2nd Tuesdays at 7:30 pm starting on October 11, 2022. 


Discovery Nights for newcomers 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.  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.  Our next Mini-Retreat will be on Saturday, October 29 in the Reception Room.  

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 Make You Free" will be held September 30 - October 2 at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York.  Registration is closed.  Next year's date is set at September 22-24, 2023.

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."   Next forum on October 16 (St. Luke/Healing Sunday).  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!