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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 two Thursdays each month at 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., meeting in the Reception Room at Atonement, and also via Zoom (HYBRID).  The next sessions, continuing our study of St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians, will be held on:   February 9 and 16, March 2 and 16, April 13 and 27 at 7:30 p.m.  (Refreshments at 7:15 p.m.)  Our Thursday morning Bible Conversations will resume soon.

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.  On February 10  we discussed the novel, The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve.  On February 17, we'll be reading and discussing the "young adult" novel, CHAINS.  During Lent, we plan to listen to and discuss Masses, starting with Schubert's Deutsche Messe.  To receive the Zoom invitation, contact Lynne Weber via text, phone, or through the contact page.

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 the spring of 2023.  If there's interest, a new group may form in late spring or fall 2023.


DISCOVERY NIGHTS FOR NEWCOMERS - We begin with the ancient Celtic/Anglican tradition of Christianity and the English Reformation - DVDs and discussion - the next session will be on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 7:15 (casual supper), 7:45 (discussion) - and continue on the last Tuesday of each month through the spring.  Discovery Nights are designed for those who may be interested in joining The Episcopal Church, however, anyone may participate.  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”) - LENTEN QUIET DAY - Saturday, March 11, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm.   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 most recent Mini-Retreat was on Saturday, October 29.   

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.

SUNDAY FORUMS - We schedule one adult education forum each month after the 10 am Sunday service, after refreshments, at about 11:30 a.m. 


INTERFAITH & ECUMENICAL OFFERINGS:  As the pandemic eases, we expect to return 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. 


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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