Eleven months ago, Mother Sarah (Coakley) began volunteering in our midst, leading our School of Theology & Prayer. She has offered us rich theological fare. She brought us wonderful theologians, not least of whom was Archbishop Rowan Williams. Mother Sarah's ministry is now moving in new directions and she will no longer be serving in our parish. I know that I speak for all of you that she leaves with our blessing and our deep appreciation for what she has accomplished.
Professor Ryan Danker of Wesley Theological Seminary will be guiding us this coming year in the area of formation. Ryan is a professor of Church History and is a friend of the parish with a deep appreciation for our spiritual and liturgical life. He has lectured at the parish on several occasions. He recently led our wonderful Vestry retreat.
By formation, I mean, as suggested, growth in faith through the pursuit of theological truth, something that we particularly value at ASA. Formation takes on many forms: lectures, conversational Bible Studies, food for thought via social media, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for our children.
Expect to see, in the next couple of weeks, a full lecture program for the year, with speakers from around the country and perhaps one or two from abroad! Let us all pray for a fruitful year of growth in faith.
Yours in Christ,
From the desk of the Rector