School of Wisdom
St. Mark's School of Wisdom is open to the curious and the serious – to all seekers of Christian wisdom and spirituality. Our assumption is that everyone needs to find their own way, in their own way. Each course and spiritual practice is part of a transformational journey, a journey we are all on whether we are conscious of it or not.
The purpose of the School is to open our hearts and awaken our minds toward the growth of the soul. We explore our unique individual paths on common spiritual ground with others to:
Encounter the Divine
Question the ways we think and what we believe
Re-imagine our tradition
Co-create our world
All are welcome to join us in learning and practicing the spiritual path that Christianity has to offer.
Monday Evenings - School of Wisdom
Contemplative prayer - Sanctuary at 5:30pm (optional & encouraged)
Community Dinner - Parish Hall at 6:00pm
Classes from 6:45 to 8:30pm
Wisdom on Wednesday - Parish Hall
Class from 1:30 to 3:00pm
Or register in person on the first day of class:
Monday 1/21/2019 from 5:30 - 6:00pm
Wednesday 1/23/2019 from 1:30 - 3:00pm
If you were not registered for fall 2018, the annual registration fee of $10 can be paid the first day of class and covers both Monday & Wednesday classes.
Child care is available with prior arrangement, please request when registering by providing names and ages of children needing care.
Spring 2019 Courses
Circles of Resilience
Circles of Resilience is a new name with a modern take on the ancient practice known as Lectio Divina. The practice of coming together as Circles of Resilience follows an ordered approach that opens us to the unique spiritual work of our daily lives. Each week, we listen to a reading with the “ear of our hearts” to discover our personal lesson. This is a one semester class limited to 18 students and closes to new participants on January 28.
Wild at Heart: Becoming a Living Sanctuary
Do you want to deepen your prayer life? Do you hunger for a closer relationship with God? Are you open to new ideas and enjoy discussing your discoveries with others? If so, join us for “Wild at Heart”. Some of the topics in this course which focuses on spiritual formation include: Becoming a Living Sanctuary, Silence, Solitude, Repairing the Soul, Connection with the Divine, Attachments, Dark Night of the Soul, Compassion, Grief, and The Truth of Who We Are. Class includes time for opening/closing meditation, teaching, sharing/discussion and integration of material. This one semester class is limited to 12 students. REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED.
MEN Searching for Light and WOMEN Clothed in the Sun: Exploring the Amazing Range of Spirituality in the 19th and 20th Centuries
Alternating weeks, we will explore lesser known Christian social activists, spiritual leaders who were ahead of their time or leaders in movements that don't quite fit into the larger picture of the faith. These include Simone Weil, Joanna Southcott, Melinda Rankin, Walter Rauschenbush, The Rainbow Spirit Elders, and Henri Nouwen. This one semester class will incorporate some outside reading and engaging class discussion.
REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED (Class maximum of 20 students has been reached.)
The “Old” Testament – A Jewish Perspective
Open to new members, this two-term course is taught via DVD by Professor Amy-Jill Levine, Ph. D., of Vanderbilt University. The Old Testament, or TNKH, was written in ancient Israel over a period of 1,000 years by many authors. What can this book teach us about the ancient Israelites? What does our faith find in new scholarly understanding? Professor Levine's commentary thoughtfully explores selected passages from the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible or the TNKH. Class is open to new participants throughout the term.
Wisdom on Wednesdays
Living Buddha, Living Christ