Adult Forum

(Nursery care is available at 8:45 AM each Sunday)

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Each Sunday, September through May, we meet from 9:00 – 9:50 AM, (between the 8:00 and 10:00AM services) in the Parish Library. 


This year's Adult Forum will explore great ideas and images from the beginning centuries of the Christian faith—utilizing the second year of the Venture curriculum (a four-year curriculum organized around "Beginnings, Reformation, Prophetic Voices of Freedom, and one God—many faiths"). Four six-week segments will be interspersed with special "stand-alone" presentations—often welcoming guest speakers from local agency/ministry partners, etc. Each segment of Venture is informed by outside reading (one text per each six-week segment) and built around grappling together to apply learnings to life in today's world. Check back often for a complete schedule.The book for this series, "A Guide to the Sacraments" by John Macquarrie, SCM Press Limited, copyright 1997 is available at this link A Guide to the Sacraments

The Purpose

Venture is an adult study and reflection program that increases knowledge of the Christian heritage’s great ideas and images.  This will be our 2nd year with the curriculum.


The Goal

The goal of Venture is to support the mission and ministry of adult Christians.


The Structure

The following chart gives an overview of the four series that make up the Venture program.







Church History


Holy Scripture


Series A (last year)

Christian Beginnings

The Nicene Creed


Sunday Rites and Daily Offices

The Formative Centuries,

200-700 AD

The Four Canonical Gospels

Series B (This year)


Sacramental Theology

Making of the Prayer Book

Reformations in Western Christianity

Israel’s Story of Exile & Return

Series C

Prophetic Voices of Freedom

God and Government

Liturgical Spirituality

Anglican Christianity Comes to America

The Exodus

Series D

Living Faithfully

In Today’s World

God in Cultural Diversity

Liturgy in a Global Village


The Acts of the Apostles


Required texts for the first six-week unit:  A Guide to the Sacraments.  John Macquarrie.  The Continuum Publishing Company. 1997

And  The Book of Common Prayer, 1979


Readings by Session

Session One

What’s the Point? Plan to Look Ahead

MacQuarrie’s A Guide to the Sacraments: Preface, chapter 1.“ A Sacramental Universe” and 3, “Further Remarks on Symbolism”

Session Two

Knowing and Loving God


Guide to Sacraments. Chapter 4, “Christ as the Primordial Sacrament,” and 5, The Christian Sacraments”

Session Three

Knowing and Loving with Our Whole Self


Guide, chapter 6 and 7,:“Baptism I” and “Baptism II”

Session Four

Knowing and Loving Our Neighbor


Guide, chapters 10-14, “The Eucharist I, II, III, and IV”

Session Five

Knowing and Loving Ourselves


Guide, chapter 8—“Confirmation,” 9—“Penance/Reconciliation,”  and 15—“Unction”

Session Six

Review and Put Knowledge into Action



SESSION ONE (September 18)

Session 1: What’s the Point?

Plan to Look Ahead





Overview and context.  This is the time to begin exploring some personal images of sacrament and identify

some of questions and concerns about issues in the Summary of the Law.

Reading Preparation

Read the Preface, chapter 1 -- “A Sacramental Universe” and chapter 3 -- “Further Remarks on Symbolism” of

John Macquarrie’s A Guide to the Sacraments.  Chapter 2 is worthwhile, if you can get through a couple of the early pages.


Exploring Concepts, Ideas, and Information

  • State three or four basic questions you have related to this study of SacramentalTheology.
  • What does Macquarrie mean by the term sacramental universe?
  • State the definition of sacrament preferred by Macquarrie (see page 5 of A Guide to the Sacraments).
  • Describe any circumstance in which the material or physical world was a vehicle for you to know God.
  • Write about the ideas that particularly sparked your interest in these first chapters of Macquarrie’s book.

 Identify what the ideas were, who proposed them, how they affect you, what they make you wonder, hope, or doubt.

Exploring Images, Symbols, and Values

  • Interpret the relationship of Word and sacrament, as discussed by Macquarrie on pp. 21-22:
  • Describe, as best you can, the images, symbols, or values that most caught your attention in your study. 

What effect do they have on your thinking about and understanding of sacramental theology?

  • Identify some central Christian images, symbols, or values for you. 
  • Name some of the central images, symbols, or values from your life, that is, from your family, your profession, and/or your community
  • How does viewing the world as a sacramental universe influence your approach to worship?