Sunday School for Adults meets after the service in the conference room of St. Mary’s Parish Hall most Sundays September through May. Check out our current series below!

Fall 2022 Series:
Podcast Theology

This fall, we’ll be exploring questions of faith in context through a series of podcasts. Each week, an episode of a different podcast will be “assigned” for participants to listen to at some point throughout the week. Then, on Sunday, we’ll discuss what we’ve heard. Didn’t get a chance to listen to the podcast? Don’t worry. Come join the discussion anyways!

For Sunday, October 2
starting our stewardship discernment season

The Podcast: Renovare
The Episode: Steve Macchia: Practicing a Preference for God
The Renovare Podcast is a place for honest conversations about interactive life with God. Host Nathan Foster draws wisdom from guests who are all seeking to be more like Jesus. In this episode, Steve Macchia, author and founder of Leadership Transformations, shares insights on cultivating discernment as a listening lifestyle — rather than merely a decision-making strategy — and how to humbly place God’s agenda ahead of our own.

For Sunday, October 9

The Podcast: Unlocking Us with Brene Brown
The Episode: Richard Rohr: Spirituality, Certitude & Infinite Love
Well-known author and researcher, Dr. Brene Brown, hosts this podcast with the intention to “unlock the deeply human part of who we are, so that we can live, love, parent, and lead with more courage and heart.” In this first part of a two-episode series, she speaks with Father Richard Rohr, Franciscan friar and ecumenical teacher, as they unpack some of the most powerful quotes of his prolific writings.

Not a fan of listening to podcasts but interested to know what is said? The “On Being” Podcast provides a transcript! Click here to read it.

For Sunday, October 16

The Podcast: Holy Heretics
The Episode: Robin Meyers: Saving Jesus from Evangelicals
Gary Alan Taylor and Kelly Rose Lamb, hosts of the “Holy Heretics” podcast, identify as “exvangelicals” who came out of the evangelical tradition seeking a more open-hearted way to address questions of faith and spirituality. In this episode, they speak with the Reverend Dr. Robin Meyers, a progressive voice in the heart of the Bible belt of Oklahoma about his stories of of doubt, deconstruction, and reconstruction.

For Sunday, October 23

The Podcast: Viral Jesus
The Episode: Brandon J. O’Brien: Scripture as a Cross-Cultural Experience
Author and communication scholar Heather Thompson Day hosts this podcast about digital communication and the power of social connections from the more conservative-leaning media outlet, Christianity Today. This episode discusses how we often read our own cultural values, perspectives and assumptions into the Biblical text, and will (hopefully) help each of us be better readers of the Bible.

For Sunday, November 13
(after a short break)

The Podcast: Reclaiming My Theology
The Episode: Mako Nagasawa: …from Patriarchy – Abortion
“Reclaiming My Theology” is a podcast that seeks to take theology back from ideas and systems that oppress. In this hot-topic episode, host Brandi Miller discusses some of the foundational logics, histories, and theologies about abortion in the U.S. with author Mako Nagasawa.

Brandi Miller, host of “Reclaiming my Theology”

For Sunday, November 20

The Podcast: The Weight
The Episode: Jeff Bilbro: Reading the Times
“The Weight” is a podcast that claims to create a space for honestly discussing some of the heavy topics we face in our culture today. In this episode, author Jeff Bilbro engages hosts Chris McAlilly and Eddie Rester (both Methodist pastors) in a discussion about how we as Christians consume the news – and how sometimes we let the news consume us.

Not a fan of listening to podcasts but interested to know what is said? “The Weight” Podcast provides a transcript! Click here to read it.

Below are the episodes we have discussed so far this fall:

Sunday, Sept. 18

The Podcast: Everything Happens. with Kate Bowler
The Episode: Archbishop Justin Welby: Suspicious of Joy
Life isn’t always bright and shiny, as Kate Bowler knows. Kate is a young mother, writer and professor who, at age 35, was suddenly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. In this special episode, Kate visited the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at Lambeth Palace in London.

Not a fan of listening to podcasts but interested to know what is said? The “Everything Happens.” Podcast provides a transcript! Click here to read it.

Sunday, Sept. 25

The Podcast: On Being with Krista Tippett
The Episode: Wendell Berry & Ellen Davis: The Art of Being Creatures
What does it mean to be human? How do we want to live? And who will we be to each other? Each week host Krista Tippett explores new discoveries about the immensity of our lives. In this intimate conversation between Krista and one of her beloved teachers, we ponder the world and our place in it, through sacred text, with fresh eyes. We’re accompanied by the meditative and prophetic poetry of Wendell Berry, read for us from his home in Kentucky.

Not a fan of listening to podcasts but interested to know what is said? The “On Being” Podcast provides a transcript! Click here to read it.