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 been holding "Bible Conversations" 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: February 3 at 11 am - HYBRID in-person at church and on Zoom, February 24 at 7:30 pm HYBRID - in person in the Reception Room at church - and on Zoom. March 3 at 11 am - in-person at The Tenafly Diner, March 17 at 7:30 pm HYBRID - in person in the Reception Room and Zoom. To receive a Zoom invitation, contact the Rector through the Contact page.
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. Contact Lynne for more information.
DISCOVERY NIGHTS/NEWCOMERS/INQUIRERS - Our Discovery Nights resumed on second Tuesdays in November with a session on "Who is God and Who are We?" and "Who is Jesus and Who are We?" will be held on December 14 at 8:00 pm in the Reception Room. The next session will be on the ancient Celtic/Anglican tradition of Christianity and the English Reformation - DVDs and discussion - on Tuesday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Our Discovery Nights are designed for visitors, seekers, newcomers — and lifetime learners. You’d invited for a casual supper, faith sharing, learning and conversation! We expect to resume offering supper at 7:30 for those who are vaccinated and who feel comfortable eating together; we hold our HYBRID discussion at about 8:00-9:00 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.
The Episcopal Church curriculum, Sacred Ground, will be offered starting in March 2022.
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 pandemic -- however we held our first quiet day in over a year on Saturday, July 31, 2021 in a shortened format for the safety of our participants. Look here for updates on a quiet day in LENT 2022.
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 recent retreat, "Transforming Experiences" was held October 1-3, 2021 at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York. Next year's retreat will be held September 30 - October 2, 2022. Approximate cost $250 and RSVP due by August 15. 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!