Adult Education and Formation

The formation ministries of the Cathedral encourage the increase the knowledge of God and the practices of his church for parishioners of all ages. We strive to provide welcoming spaces for people of all ages regardless of any personal
factors or experiences.

Find out more about our adult education opportunities below.


The Dean’s Forum this Spring 
 is based on the Great Courses series Comparative Religion. Through videos and discussion the topic of “What, exactly, is religion?" will be explored. And why does one religious tradition often differ so markedly from another, even when you might not expect it to? Why, for example, are the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—despite their common source—often so different? And what kinds of factors separate the beliefs of a Hindu or Buddhist not only from those held by Jews, Christians, or Muslims, or by each other, but also from many who identify themselves as fellow Hindus or Buddhists?” Comparative Religion looks at the place of world religions in relation with each other, certainly an important investigation in a world struggling with religious intolerance and polarization. Come and be part of this enlightening class and discussion. A schedule is on the Events page.

Beginning at about 10:10AM on Sunday morning (enough time for folks from the 9:00AM liturgy to get a cup of coffee and find a place to sit), the Dean’s Forum is an exploration and discussion of topics of current interest or importance to the continuing spiritual growth of adult members of the Cathedral. A variety of topics are explored. Forum meets each Sunday from September through May, with the exception of the first Sunday of each month. On the first Sunday, the Cathedral Breakfast is sponsored by one of the ministries in the Cathedral.

bibleThe Weekly Discussion Group meets on Wednesday mornings at 10:30AM in the Cathedral Conference Room to study and discuss a variety of books, both theological and secular. Currently the group is studying Apocalyptic literature. A schedule of meetings is found on the Events Page. All are welcome Contact Canon Michael Drinkwater.

hope candleThere are several devotional groups active at St. John's who offer studies before or during their meetings. These include the Society of Mary, Daughters of the King, and Centering Prayer groups. Learn more about them.

If you are interested in exploring the history and poetry of your favorite hymns, invite Betsy Bayne to give a presentation to your small group.