Exploring Life and Faith


The Episcopal Church “Beyond the Parish”

On Thursday evenings this spring, members of St. Andrew’s various ministries will explore ways that we engage in our Episcopal life outside of our Sunday worship. These leaders will help us deepen our understanding of the way our church operates on the local and national level.


April 12  Radical Welcoming – For and by all

Join Sarah Bania-Dobyns for an interactive discussion about how all of us at St. Andrew's are involved in the ministry of welcoming in our community--not just the Welcome Ministry. The session will balance time for spiritual reflection on welcome with practical tools for deepening our engagement with welcoming others in the everyday life of the parish.

April 19  Permanent Supportive Housing: A long-term approach to addressing homelessness

St. Andrew’s is contemplating hosting a permanent supportive housing apartment building on its property. The project would be run by the Mental Health Center of Denver. In addition to 1-,2-, and 3-bedroom units, the project would include community spaces that would also be used by St. Andrew’s. Roger Kilgore and George Hoover from the Building Our Vision Committee will describe the basics of permanent supportive housing and how it might fit at St. Andrew’s.

April 26  It’s your funeral!

"Music is Planning for what will be a part of one’s own funeral may initially seem a touch morbid, but it need not be! Indeed, it insures that your memorial service is exactly as you would wish it, and it relieves your loved ones from the burden of having to make all those decisions in those very stressful days following a death. Mother Melissa and Choirmaster Tim will provide an upbeat, occasionally humorous guide to the decisions involved; and you will even have the option of filing the actual forms with the church after the event – so, not only informative but also practical!

May 3  Discover your inner steward

What do you think when you hear the word "stewardship"? Many of us respond with a mixture of dread, guilt, or even defensiveness--but rarely with joy. In this session, Susan Trickett will lead an open conversation about what stewardship means to each of us, and we'll participate in some exercises to explore how being good stewards can enhance our spiritual lives and bring us into a deeper sense of community with one another.

May 10  Being an Episcopalian beyond the parish: why it matters

To be an Episcopalian is not just about being a member of St. Andrew’s but means being part of a large global family, all concerned about making the world better for everyone. We have deep roots and current connections that help explain why we think some things are vital and others are optional. Knowing some this history and these connections can also help us find our unique call and live into it, while also living in community with those who have a different call. These two informative sessions will be taught by Zoe Cole.

 May 17  Good Politics:  The supra-national life of the Episcopal Church

Every three years, part of the family gets together as General Convention to discern how God is calling us to use our gifts as TEC – through our relationships with others in the family, through our participation as citizens in our national politics, and in our own local contexts. In 2015, we made some radical changes to how we organize ourselves and will see some of the first fruits of that this summer when we meet in Austin, TX.


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