Adult Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation

Beyond Belief: A Marcus Borg Retrospective

Sundays, September 6 – October 25, 2020
No class on October 4.
9:00 am, via Zoom:
Meeting ID: 503 653 606

Please join in. All are welcome.

Marcus J. Borg (1942 – 2015) was internationally known in both academic and church circles as a Jesus and biblical scholar, lecturer and author. He often focused his work on what it meant to be a Christian — especially what it meant to be an American Christian in a time of a deeply divided American Christianity. He authored twenty-one books, several of which became best-sellers. Many are about Jesus. Some are about God, the Bible, the New Testament, the heart of Christianity, and reclaiming Christian language.

Borg held a doctor’s degree from Oxford University, and he lectured widely overseas and in North America, including the Chautauqua and Smithsonian institutions. He served as national chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and co-chair of its International New Testament Program Committee, president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars, and a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar. He taught at Oregon State University for 28 years where he held the Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture at the time of his retirement in 2007. He later served as Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.


Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences.  All events are blessings given to us to learn from.

- Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

Faith Formation at Christ Church is based on the belief that people grow in their faith best when they have the opportunity to engage in conversation with others about things that matter.  The objective is to provide sustained, engaged, and critical conversations to deepen a faith that is living, explicit, and fruitful. Faith formation seeks to: enhance the ability to clearly express personal faith; develop clarity about thoughts and beliefs; understand the connection between faith and life; and strengthen personal faith by sharing and learning with others.

Program content may include book discussions, focused Bible study, and lectures on a wide range of relevant topics. Typically, there’s a break during the summer months.

Additional formation programs and activities are scheduled throughout the church year. Recent offerings have included special workshops: Spiritual Gifts Inventory to discover unique personal gifts and how they might best be used; Appreciative Inquiry Workshop to better identify where the Spirit is working at Christ Church; Fierce Conversations Workshop to support meaningful conversations in today’s political/social environment; and Civil Discourse, using the Episcopal Church’s curriculum to help folks understand and practice civil discourse, particularly as it relates to discussion about politics, policy and legislation.

Summer theology potluck events usually begin with dinner at the home of a congregant. This year, we’ll all be tuning in from our own homes via Zoom. There follows a presentation and discussion with a theology, social justice, or community support focus. Presentations may feature guest speakers, compelling videos, or discussion of current issues affecting Christ Church or the local community. Sometimes the objective of the evening is purely fellowship. Theology potlucks are scheduled on a Sunday evening in June, July, and August.

Coffee hour after the 10:30am Sunday service is occasionally the venue for discussion of a pre-announced topic. Active listening and open discussion offer a safe place to share thoughts and opinions.  The monthly “Spiritual But Not Religious” Book Group began as a way to initiate discussion of spiritual matters in the broader community. The Group meets the fourth Thursday of the month, 1:30pm, via Zoom. All are welcome!

Education for Ministry, an on-going cyclical four-year study program, described in more detail elsewhere on this website, takes students deep into scripture, theology, and ministry.