Christian Formation provides an intentional way to deepen our understanding of our Christian identity. We cover topics that are salient in our engaging the world as followers of Christ. Formation hour includes discussion and presentations on scripture, church seasons, social justice issues, current events, popular culture, music, ethics, sin and redemption, stewardship, and more.
With this in mind, we have a clear and focused mission to make disciples who:
- Are committed to understanding who Jesus is, and how we can follow his example;
- Are increasing their understanding of scripture and how it applies to our daily lives and the choices we make;
- Are engaged in building relationships with people inside and outside of our doors;
- Respect the dignity of all people; and
- Are learning together how to share the Gospel message by preparing our minds through formation, our heart through worship, and then engaging the world through the mission of the Church.
Wednesday Morning Bible and Book Study
There is a regular Bible and Book Study meeting on Wednesday mornings beginning at 10:15. The first 45 minutes are devoted to the scripture appointed for the following Sunday. The second half of the meeting is focused on other literature chosen by the participants. The book currently being discussed is A Pilgrimage to Eternity, by Timothy Egan. New members are welcome any time. Please join us.
2020 Sunday Morning Adult Formation
Over the past few years we have been exploring who Jesus is, and what we do in our world if we are following Jesus. Now we are looking at who our sisters and brothers are and how we are acting in the world in concert with them. We will be exploring ways to better understand people from all walks of life by taking a “walk in their shoes” and learning their perspective to broaden our own view of our spiritual journey and how we take action to bring about God’s Kingdom in our time.
Join us 9:15 - 10:15 for any of the upcoming sessions. Many of these sessions will include a video or presentation followed by a facilitated discussion. We can ask ourselves how the topic impacts our Christian identity, and how we can help create better outcomes for everyone.
Toward the Other
A Brian McLaren video and discussion. Is our Christian identity built from fear of the other? Christian author and peacemaker Brian McLaren on four challenges—historical, doctrinal, liturgical and missional—to consider for community transformation. Move toward the other—from hostility to hospitality. Music by Restoration Arts Village.
Parish Listening Session
Join us for some interactive time to hear about all the programs we run at Holy Cross and to vote for those you value most for our parish community! The Vestry wants to know your priorities for programming. Vestry members will lead us through some fun exercises to make our preferences known on how we like to spend our programming time and talents. Be ready to get up and move!
A Nadia Bolz-Weber video and discussion. Nadia Bolz-Weber on the new dimensions of God revealed to her though the LGBT friends in her community.
Parish Annual Meeting
Join us as we take a look back at the busy year that was 2019 and hear what's in store for the coming year.
The Jewish World View
Walk with parishioner Phil Long as he tries on the shoes of the Jewish people in the time of Jesus and today. Phil will explore the worldview of 1st century Judaism and what that means for a Christian Culture today. The good news is REALLY good, and believing it allows us to and compels us to change our hearts. What’s LOVE got to do with it? A turned heart is necessary for selfless love.
Let your life Speak
Parker Palmer video and discussion. God created you, so let your life speak. Don't live to be somebody else. Parker Palmer on listening to your own life.
Worship, Pain and Justice
A Soon-Chan Rah video and discussion. Are we faking our way though happy worship? Soong-Chan Rah addresses the role of worship, lament and justice and building community through a shared life of pain.
The Season and the Sacrament
Join Wade and Mary Hinkle as they explore the ancient roots of baptism and Lent and the links between the season and the sacrament. We’ll also look at the latest trends in Lenten practices.