The Journey of Faith
The Men’s Group meets each Wednesday in the Library of Saint Martin’s Church at 7 a.m. We start off with coffee and donuts, followed by an hour of discussion on a chosen text.
The Men’s Group is a discussion-based gathering convened by John Meade, Alfred KanagaRag and John Cerrato. It is not a lecture series but an ongoing conversation on passages of reading and their meanings for our daily understanding and life. Different opinions and suggestions are shared by individuals as diverse in their walks of life as retired and working men, men whose careers include and have included education, industry, law, banking, business, medical research, music and Christian ministry. Not all of our group members are members of Saint Martin’s Parish. Currently our weekly group size varies from ten to twelve.
Our Current Study
We are currently reading and reflecting on the Gospel of John. The Fourth Gospel is a clear and revealing look at the identity and deeds of Jesus of Nazareth. It provides a different perspective on the Christ in that it focuses on his self-revelation as the Son of God. The great “I am” and “behold” and “he is” statements of the narrative show Christ to be the Lamb of God, the savior of the world, the Bread of Life, the Resurrection and the Life, the Way and the Truth, and more.
In September 2015 we engaged in a weekly study of The Book of Common Prayer, the source of our worship and liturgy in the Episcopal Church. The American BCP (1979) is an adaptation of the prayer book of the Church England, first published in English in the mid-16th century during the age of the European reformations. The American prayer book has been revised regularly. It currently contains English translations of prayers ancient and modern, including the rites for morning and evening prayer, Holy Communion and the Pastoral Offices, among others. It represents the basis of a fascinating study of spirituality and developments in the Christian perspective.
In August 2015 we finished our reading and study of Belief in God in an Age of Science by John Polkinghorne. Our facilitator for the study of this book chapter by chapter was Dr. Stuart Crampton, retired Professor Emeritus of Physics, Williams College.
In the winter of 2015 we read and discussed the Gospel of Matthew, chapter by chapter.
Men of the parish and their friends are welcome. For more information, please see John Meade or John Cerrato.