Faith Formation

Winter 2024

Wednesdays at 6:30 pm


What does reparations look like for St. Ambrose, a Black Episcopal Church? Explore biblical, historical, and cultural events during this series as we as a congregation decide how to respond to our bishops’ invitation to explore this topic during Epiphany and Lent. Join Father Taylor on Wednesdays at 6:30PM

Read our bishops’ pastoral letter on reparations here

Fall 2023


Rest is Resistance: A Manifesto

Rest is Resistance” is the Faith Formation Wednesday series. The book claims that rest is a form of resistance that disrupts and pushes back against capitalism and white supremacy.


January 2022


Ain’t No Sunshine: African American Grief

This series explores grief using the book African American Grief by a minister and psychologist. The class will use the book of Lamentations from the Bible and examine the potential effects of slavery, racism, and oppression on the African American experience and conception of death and grief in America. The final sessions will invite people to write their own lamentation or poem of mourning. 

Fall 2021


Grief Support: Finding Meaning

“Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief (2019)” is being used as a resource and guide for Wednesday night Faith series, 6:30-7:30 PM. (Note: The book is available paperbackaudiobook, and Kindle.) This 12-week Faith Formation offering at St. Ambrose is an opportunity for intentional reflection around grief. Together we will explore the ways that grief and loss impact each of us.

Summer 2021


R.E.S.P.E.C.T. – The Bible According To Black Women

Malcolm X said, “The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman.” Singer Aretha Franklin wrote R.E.S.P.E.C.T. as an anthem. This summer series will explore Womanist theology which is a Black woman’s view of the Bible.

Text: When Momma Speaks: The Bible and Motherhood from a Womanist Perspective by Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder.

Introductory Class Video

Easter 2021


Still I Rise

The power of the resurrection through scripture, literature, and images.


Lent 2021


Journeying with the Stations

Stations of the Cross are an important part of Christian spirituality. The class examined St. Ambrose’s fourteen Stations of the Cross written in the Ethiopian iconographic tradition by D.C. Christopher Gosey.


Epiphany 2021


Reading Current Events Through the Prayer Book Lens

The course taught how to “use” the Book of Common Prayer. This study series concentrated on scripture readings giving insight to current events.

Outline resource on how to navigate the Prayer Book.


Advent 2020


Rise Up, Shepherd!

Advent Reflections on the Spirituals The group used the Rev. Dr. Luke Powery’s book.


Fall 2020


Voting and the Bible

The course examined a different scripture where people voted or were given a choice. An example was Pontus Pilate presenting Jesus and Barabbas. The people voted to release Barabbas and execute Jesus. Series included the following passages: Romans 13:1-14; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Deuteronomy 17:14-20; Exodus 18:17-26; Judges 8:23; Daniel 2:20-21; Daniel 5:1-6:28; I Samuel 8; Acts 15.


Summer 2020


Triple B: Bible, Beverage, and Belief

Community led spiritual conversation, accompanied by a beverage of choice.


Easter 2020


“Locked Door Faith”

Stay-at-home orders during COVID-19 were the reality. The series examined bible stories about people who sheltered-in-place because of circumstances, from Noah’s Ark to Passover to Jeremiah in a well to the disciples hiding behind locked doors after the resurrection. Studied I Kings 17; Acts 12; II Kings 4; John 20


Lent 2020


Signs of Life Society of St. John the Evangelist series “Signs of Life: Why Church Matters.”

The group explored the importance and meaning behind the signs and symbols of worship.


Fall 2019


Clothed with Power

St. Ambrose’s biblical theme for 2019 was Luke 24:49, when Jesus told the disciples, “you have been clothed with power from on high.” The course examined the gospel of Luke through the lens of power.


Easter 2019


Experiencing Resurrection Today

The group studied the scripture lessons about resurrection and applied them to today.


Lent 2019


My Lord What a Mourning! Sessions on Grief and Mourning.

Session 1 – A Mourning Jesus: Jesus Wept, John 11:35

Session 2 – Methods of Mourning

Session 3 – Mourning Hope: How Children Say Goodbye

Session 4 – A Mourning Community

Session 5 – Mourning Resources


Fall 2018 – Epiphany 2019


I’ve Got the Power!

Studied the book Building a People of Power by Dr. Robert Lithicum and the Book of Exodus through the lens of power.


Lent 2018


Meeting Jesus in John’s Gospel

A series hosted by SSJE and Virginia Theological Seminary


February 2018


The Black Panther Party and The Episcopal Church

Lecture giving the historical connection between the Black Panther Party and The Episcopal Church.

Listen to audio recording >


Advent 2017 – Epiphany 2018


The Book of Romans


Lent 2017


The 5 Marks of Love

This series invited the group to observe and reflect on the ways in which the Divine Life expresses itself in and through us–individually, within our faith communities, in our communities, and in the wider world around us. Modeled after the Anglican Communion’s five “Marks of Mission” (Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform, and Treasure), the group explored how to speak clearly and act truthfully, motivated always by hearts marked by God’s love

Learn more >


Lent 2016


The Cross and the Lynching Tree

The Sunday morning series studied Dr. James Cone’s book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree


The Wednesday night series studied the Sabbath by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel as well as the book Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting by Marva Dawn.


Fall 2016


Falling in Love with God

The group studied the book Falling in Love With God: Passion, Prayer, and the Song of Songs by the Episcopal priest, the Rev. Tara Soughers.


Lent 2015


What is Your Legacy?

Each week presenters discussed insurance options, funeral and burial planning, wills, power of attorney, funeral worship planning, obituaries, and bequeaths



Spring 2015


The Book of Galatians

The group studied the Book of Revelation


Fall 2015


It Was All a Dream

The course studied the book Dreams: God’s Forgotten Language by the Episcopal priest the Rev. John A. Sanford


Fall 2014


The Book of Revelation

The group studied the Book of Revelation based on the texts ?? and ??


Lent 2013


“Never Said a Mumbalin’ Word”

The course was taken from the book by the Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones.


Easter 2013


True Resurrection

The course used the text True Resurrection by the Anglican monk H.A. Williams


Advent 2012


The Womb of Advent

The course was taken from the book by the Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones.


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