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 moved from two Bible studies on Zoom (evening and morning) to one "Bible Conversation" 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:  October 15 at 11 am, November 5 at 7:45 pm, November 19 at 11 am, and so forth.  To receive a Zoom invitation, contact the Rector through the Contact page.

FALL 2020 CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE- Both our FRIDAY MORNING BOOK GROUP and our evening Discovery Nights will be reading the same book, Living Into God's Dream: Dismantling Racism in America ed. Catherine Meeks (Morehouse).  The book group will discuss the book on Fridays, Oct. 2, 9 and 16, 10 - 11 a.m. on Zoom.  For the rest of the year, the group meets on most Friday mornings from 10 – 11 a.m. on Zoom or in the Reception Room at Atonement. We alternate between fiction and non-fiction, with something different during Advent (Christmas short stories) and Lent (poetry, music, drama, children’s books, art).  Led by Lynne & Dean Weber.

DISCOVERY NIGHTS/NEWCOMERS/INQUIRERS - Our fall dates are:  Thursday, Oct. 22, Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 7:45 TO 8:45 pm on Zoom.  We'll discuss the Meeks book (see above).


Our Discovery Nights are designed for visitors, seekers, newcomers — and lifetime learners.  You’d invited for a casual supper, faith sharing, learning and conversation!  Supper at 7:15, DVD/Discussion  7:45 – 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.

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.  Location alternates between Atonement and All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Leonia.   Sugg. donation:  $10, retreat and lunch.  These have been suspended during the pandemic.  We hope to schedule one in the new year! 

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.  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!

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