Adult Education
Jews and Judaism

Adult program 7:00 pm Wednesdays February 21 & 28 and March 14 & 21

Learning about the long journey of the Jewish people brings many discoveries, including new insights into our own Christian faith and history.  Christianity grew out of ancient Judaism, and the two paths have been closely linked ever since.  In these 4 sessions, we will explore:  1) Who, and Where, are the Jews?  Diversity Among Jews and the Varieties of Judaism; 2) Patterns of Jewish Life: Traditional Practice, Culture, “Normal Mysticism”; 3)The Parting of the Ways: How Christianity and Judaism Became Separate Religious Traditions, and 4) Jewish History, Jewish Mysticism and Other Currents in Jewish Thought.  If possible, there will also be a visit to a local synagogue for those who are interested.

Led by the Rev. Jay T. Rock, who served the National Council of Churches and the Presbyterian Church (USA) in interfaith relations, and holds a Ph. D. in the History of Religions with a focus on Jewish Religious History.

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ADULT CLASSES are usually held on almost all Sunday mornings and after dinner on Wednesdays from October through Easter. Special programs are announced.  The following classes or meetings are also available:
BONIFACE CENTER SERIES brings the best and the brightest to our parish and community.  Over the years we have enjoyed the visits of distinguished theologians, authors, musicians and others key to our understanding of what it means to be a Christian in the world.  Each year the format and focus is a little different, but the speaker is always engaging! 
DREAM GROUP  Our Biblical forebears looked to their dreams for God's guidance and presence in their daily lives.  This facilitated discussion group continues the ancient tradition, incorporating modern-day insights in interpreting the underlying meaning of our dreams.  We use these implications to help us grow spiritually and personally.  Strict confidentiality is maintained.  For more information contact Candace Boyd at 941-312-9062.
EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY   Looking for something deeper than a Bible study? Something that helps to connect your life with your faith and theology? Sign up for Education for Ministry (EfM)! This program for lay people is preparation for the ministry to which we are ALL called when we pray at the end of the eucharist: “send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart, through Christ our Lord.” Though a four year program you sign up one year at a time! The first year studies the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament); the second year centers on the New Testament; the third year works on church history; while theology, ethics and interfaith encounters constitute the fourth year. Through study, the process of theological reflection, and prayer participants in the program begin to see the world through “theological glasses,” how their lives and faith connect with the culture around them. The group consists of six to twelve members who meet with a trained mentor for two and a half hours weekly for nine months. EfM was developed by The University of the South School of Theology nearly 40 years ago and is constantly updated. The program educates and empowers us to provide ministry in the world around us. Be prepared for reflections and friendships that will create a powerful, life-enriching experience. The EfM group has a Suggested Reading List that they have found useful for their study & growth that they wish to share. To learn more about Education for Ministry, click here or contact Sandy Wilbur.
FRIDAY MORNING MEN'S BIBLE STUDY The Men of Boniface hold a breakfast Bible study on the lessons for the coming Sunday each Friday morning at 7 a.m. at the Serving Spoon Restaurant on Osprey, just north of Hillview. New members are welcome.  Contact Matt Smith for information.
THE LIBRARY TEAM meets weekly during the season to facilitate the smooth running of the St. Boniface Library, a space filled with books related to church teaching and studies, books of meditations, contemporary issues, self help and religious novels.  All are welcome to join the Library Team as they sort and organize, stop by on Tuesday mornings (in season) at 10:00. For more information, contact Dor Brown.
LITERARY LADIES      This intimate gathering of literary-minded women meets mid-morning the second Thursday of the month on the Boniface campus to discuss group-chosen books. Contact Rita Dadzis at 941-349-5870 for info.
MONDAY WOMENS' BOOK GROUP  Meeting on Mondays in different homes, this group chooses, reads and discusses a different book each month. New participants are welcome. Watch the newsletter and Sunday leaflets for announcement of monthly meetings. Click here for a list of books to be discussed. 
SUNDAY CLASS: BIBLE STUDY OR FORUM  One of the clergy will use the lessons of the day and contemporary issues to help us think theologically. Occasionally a guest speaker or special forum will be announced. Sundays, 9:00 am in the Library or Community Center (except summer). Coffee is served.