Current Programs

Join us for one of our Fall Programs or retreats. Contact info@stmichaelsbristolri.org to register!

Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey
Dates: Sunday mornings
September 8 – November 24
Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Description: In the Pilgrim course, we will explore what it means to become disciples of Jesus Christ. This weekly course will approach great issues of faith not by trying to persuade you to believe, but by encouraging you to practice the ancient disciplines of biblical reflection and prayer, which have always been at the heart of the living out of Christian faith.
This fall, we will focus on the first three themes of the Pilgrim journey – Turning to Christ, The Lord’s Prayer, and The Commandments.

In the spring, we will turn our focus onto the themes of The Creeds, The Eucharist, The Bible, and Church & Kingdom. The format is group study, prayer and reflection, and participant course books will be provided. This class is ideal for those seeking baptism, confirmation or reception into The Episcopal Church, or for those seeking a refresher course on the basic tenets of our faith. Facilitator: Canon Michael Horvath

Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi
Dates: Six Thursday Sessions
September 12 & 26; October 10 & 24; November 7 & 21.
The classes do not build on one another, so feel free to come for one or all the sessions as your schedule permits.
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Description: In this Bible study based on the book of the same name by Jill Levine, we will explore the Parables of Jesus, understanding how the original Jewish audience heard and interpreted the stories, and how contemporary understanding of the Parables still challenges and provokes us two thousand years later. Facilitator: Canon Michael Horvath

A Morning of Divine Healing
Date: Saturday, September 21st
Time: 10 am-11:30 am

Description: Many experienced Fr. Don Parker’s healing ministry during his time at St. Michael’s. Fr. Don and the Northern RI Order of St. Luke Healing Community will offer A Morning of Divine Healing. This hour and a half program consists of prayer, fellowship, a presentation on healing prayer as a spiritual practice, healing ministry Q&A and a service of healing with prayer stations for healing prayers. Facilitator: Fr. Don Parker, New England Director of OSL and Priest-in-Charge of St. Mary’s, East Providence
Please register by: September 19th

Beowulf & Anglo-Saxon England
Dates: Three Tuesday Sessions
October 1, 8 & 15
Time: 6 pm – 7:30 pm

Description: A question hovers over this Anglo-Saxon epic: is it “Christian”? The poet telling the story c. 1000 AD clearly is himself a Christian, but the imaginative world he draws on is that of Norse mythology — a pagan world of monsters and dragons, of dark forces lurking in the night, of Grendel and his fearsome mother. Using the superb Seamus Heaney translation (2000 AD), we’ll read much of the text aloud, pausing to discuss aspects of the Anglo-Saxon culture that produced it. (Heaney’s translation is also available as an audiobook and can be found on YouTube.) One matter to be discussed: Anglo-Saxon Christianity lasted some 500 years, but the culture that produced it was wiped out by the Norman Conquest. In what sense, if any, are we its heirs? Anyone who can read the original Anglo-Saxon aloud would be especially welcome!

Beowulf is the first book in a multi-year series offering close reading and lively discussion of a number of topics of interest to anyone who wants to know more about the role of Christianity in Western culture, especially where religious history overlaps with literature and the other arts. We will start this fall in Anglo-Saxon England (c. 645 – 1066 AD) with the epic poem Beowulf. Future topics might include Chronicles of the Crusades, Sir Gawain and the Age of Courtly Love, Dante’s Version of Hell, The Canterbury Tales, and Hilary Mantel and the English Reformation. Facilitator: Charles Calhoun
Please register by: September 27th

Advent Retreat
Holy Cross Monastery
West Park, NY
November 20-22, 2019

Description: This retreat on the Hudson River offers an opportunity to take time out from the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations and to create some silence and stillness, to reflect prayerfully, and meditate on some ‘good news’ moments in the Christmas story. Our retreat will be led by one of the brothers of Holy Cross Monastery. We leave Wednesday morning, returning Friday after lunch at Holy Cross.
Facilitator: TBD
Please register by: November 8th