Recent Adult Education Classes

Here’s a quick look at our Adult Education Classes this year to give you an idea of the kinds of things we offer.

2016 Adult Education Offerings

January 3: “Getting Your Affairs in Order” An “Open Q&A” with Patrice Al-Shatti about living wills, medical powers of attorney, home DNRs, planning for care, and all things end of life.

January 10: “The Artist as Preacher—Illumination in The Saint John’s Bible” Presented by the Rev. Eric Hollas, O.S.B. from Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN.

January 17: Recent Facility Improvements at All Saints’

Learn from Andy Andersen, Rob Clark, our Sound Professional, and others about new, exciting improvements including our “T-Coil Loop Sound System.”

January 24: Annual Budget Presentation

January 31: Annual Parish Meeting

February 7: Your Best Lent Ever (Father Reed). Tired of the usual Lenten disciplines? Not sure what Lent is or what we are supposed to give up? With Lent just around the corner, come learn more about this opportunity to draw closer to God by giving up those things that are toxic in our lives, and adding channels of grace.

February 14, 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20

Vine and Branches: Lenten Small Groups

“I am the vine, you are the branches.” (John 15:5)

A different way to Pray, Learn, Serve, and Connect: Lenten Sundays from 10 to 10:45am in Saint Barbara. It’s a simple approach to seeking God together: Gather the groups at tables. Pray a short prayer. Read the Gospel for the day. Share how the passage is speaking to you, guided by a few brief questions. Close in prayer. Serve together on our all parish Service Day, April 16. Refresh your spirit. Deepen your connections. Come experience this holy conversation.

March 20: Note SPECIAL TIME 10:15am because of Palm Sunday Holy Week: A Look Inside the Most Important Week of the Christian Year (Fr. Reed)

March 27: Easter Day—No Christian Education. Easter Egg Hunt for Children at 10am in the Memorial Garden.

April 3: Caregiving an Aging Parent. Health Ministries Coordinator Patrice Al-Shatti, LMSW, will share tips for caring for an aging parent in one’s home, assisting a parent living independently in the community, and the struggles of long-distance caregiving.

April 10: Caregiving a Loved One with Serious Illness. Samantha Williamson, LMSW, Palliative Care Social Worker at Mayo Clinic, will discuss self-care strategies for caregivers who have a loved one facing treatment for serious illness.

April 17: JustFaith? We are members of the parish, vestry, and day school who have spent the last 24 weeks meeting as a community to share in a journey of faith and compassion. Our experience together has been life-giving and challenging. We’ve read books, watched videos, hosted guest speakers, shared in prayer, retreats, and hands-on experiences together to better understand how we are called to live as Christians in a hurting world. Please come and hear about our experience in JustFaith. And, please prayerfully continue joining the JustFaith community next year!

April 24: Report from the 2016 Haiti Mission Team

May 1: Making Spiritual Growth A Priority In Our Congregations Guest Presenter: The Rev. Jay Sidebotham. In this Forum, the Rev. Jay Sidebotham, Director of RenewalWorks, will talk about the work he is doing with congregations around the country. RenewalWorks, a ministry of Forward Movement, seeks to build cultures of discipleship in Episcopal congregations by focusing on spiritual growth, for the individual and the whole congregation. Jay will guide us in conversation about what we mean by spiritual growth, what catalysts help spiritual growth to happen and what seems to get in the way.

May 8: Special Guest Presenter: The Rt. Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith, on the day of his Annual Bishop’s Visit and Confirmation.

May 15: Snacks and Fellowship for the last day of our Program Year. Sundaes on Sunday will be going on for children, youth & families.

May 22: Parishioner, Phoebe Fox will share the children’s book she wrote and published. A fun event for both children and adults.

Phoebe will have books on hand for purchase and signing as well.

May 29: No classes

Summer Adult Education

John: The Mystical Gospel

Join us as we read through this unique gospel, so different from the other three, led by our clergy. Learn about John’s mystical Gospel and how to apply it to our lives today. No advance reading necessary, but feel free to bring a Bible in any translation.

June 5: Introduction to John, John Chapter 1

June 12: John 2-3

June 19: John 4-5

June 26: Parishioner Derek Horn presents his new book“Midtown Phoenix”

Fellow parishioner Derek Horn has recently published a history book called “Midtown Phoenix.” With over 200 vintage and contemporary photographs, the book traces the development of the Midtown district from the city’s beginnings to the present. A member of All Saints parish since 2009, Derek is the former Planning and Development director for the city of Phoenix and currently serves as a commissioner on the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.

July 3: John 6-7

July 10: John 8-9

July 17: John 10-11

July 24: John 12-13

July 31: Equipping the Saints for Ministry: The Needs of our Children, Youth, and Family Ministries with Pastor Joie Baker and Mother Holly Davis.

August 7: John 14-15

August 14: John 16-17

August 21: John 18-19

August 28: The Anglican Traditions of Choral Eucharist and Evensong with Dr. James Gerber

September 4: John 20-21

September 11:  About Just Faith
"Have you considered joining Just Faith but haven't made the commitment? Do you want to learn more about how your faith calls you to engage your community? Join us to learn more about this amazing ministry; and hear from last years' Just Faith group about how the program impacted their spiritual journey."

September 18: An Introduction to the Choral Music of the 2016-2017 Season with Director of Music, Scott Youngs.

September 25: What's Up with RenewalWorks with Fr. Poulson Reed

October 2: Animal Poems! (special location: Manning Hall) On this Blessing of the Animals Sunday, come hear some of Father Reed’s favorite poems about pets and other animals. Pets welcome.

October 9: The Art of Generosity

Join us for a fun event for all ages. All Saints’ exists because of the generosity of its people. Take a moment to reflect on what you love most about this community. Visit 5 interactive stations to reflect on this through your creativity. This event will run from 10:05-10:50am and take place in designated spaces on the patio, in the St. Barbara rooms, and in the church. We will all begin in the sanctuary at 10:05am. A sampling of activities will also be available after the Saturday 5pm and Sunday 7:30am services to participate in this fun inter-generational project!


October 16: A Dynamic Collaboration: One Painter’s Perspective on the Illuminations of The Saint John’s Bible, with special guest speaker, Suzanne Moore.

One of only two American artists chosen to create illuminations for The Saint John’s Bible, Vashon Island (Washington) resident, Suzanne Moore, worked on this “Bible for the 21st century” over a span of 10 years, beginning in 2001. Challenged by creative director Donald Jackson to develop images unlike any seen before, Moore worked closely with the Committee on Illumination & Text at Saint John’s Abbey and University to develop original illuminations of extraordinary beauty and power. Moore’s presentation will offer insights into the approach, creative process and techniques she used as a contributor to this modern-day Bible. 

October 23 and 30: Bridging the Divide: Faithful Citizens in Tumultuous Times. How might we see our political choices (whatever our party) through the lens of faith? What can we do as centrist, “big tent" Christians to help heal the divisions within our country? Led by Father Reed.


November 6, 13, 20, 27: The Writing of the Gospels

Taught by Jim Hartley. Inspired by God to share their faith, four authors in the final third of the first century wrote down the story of Jesus Christ as they understood it. The class will look at one gospel each week with the purpose of showing why and how they were written.

Jim Hartley, along with his wife, Suellen, have been attending All Saints' for four years. He graduated from Williams College (BA), Union Theological Seminary in NYC (M.Div), and the School of Theology at Claremont (D.Min). He is a retired Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister.

December 3: The All Saints’ Creative Community Art Show and Sale is in St. Barbara. Come browse the talent of the parish and meet the artists! 

December 11 and 18: Slow Down, It’s Advent!  

How do we slow down in a season that seems so fast and hectic? Join Father Reed for this exploration of spiritual techniques to help us take time for God, for others, and for ourselves in this holy season of preparation. Among the practices we will discuss are mindfulness, silence, and more meaningful gift-giving.

December 25: Christmas Day – no adult education

2017 Adult Education Offerings

January 1: New Year's Day - no adult education

January 8: Guest Presenter—The Rt. Rev. Sean W. Rowe

Bishop of Northwestern Pennsylvania/Bishop Provisional of Bethlehem (in Phoenix this weekend for Mother Davis’ wedding)

January 8 Guest Preacher at the Sunday 9am and 11am services:

Also in town for the wedding, we are honored to have the Rev. Canon Whitney B. Kirby preach at the Sunday morning services at All Saints’.


February 12 - March 19:

The Book of Common Prayer

Together with the King James version of the Bible and the works of Shakespeare, The Book of Common Prayer has been one of the three fundamental underpinnings of modern English. The 1979 version is the official book for the Episcopal Church. All services must conform to this standard book. This six-week class on our prayer book will be taught by Father Reed and Bishop Burrill.

March 26: “Focus on Health: Using your Medications Effectively”

with guest, Dennis McAllister R.Ph., FASHP.

Dennis graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Practiced in the USAF, community and hospital pharmacy, and was Assistant Dean at the Midwestern University College of Pharmacy-Glendale. He has served on the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy for over 20 years and was appointed by 5 consecutive Governors.

April 2: “Focus on Health: Hold Your Position, Call for Backup: From Life Changing to Life Saving” with guest, Sande Roberts.

Sande will talk about ten situations that can influence people's decisions to contemplate suicide. She will also share ways to figure out people’s personalities and how that helps to speak to their ability to process when they are stressed. She will also share crisis intervention techniques that help de-escalate stress.

Sande Roberts has been in the crisis and behavioral health field for over twenty-five years. She has a master’s degree in psychology, and is a certified by the State of California Department of Mental Health as a trainer of trainers in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.  She spent many years working with high-risk teens and families, including time spent in charge of a teen crisis shelter in California, and time spent handling highest risk Child Protective Services cases in Arizona. She is adjunct faculty in the Psychology Department at Phoenix College   

April 9: 10:15am Start Time— “Jesus’ Last Week: What Really Happened” Led by Fr. Poulson Reed

April 16: No Class—Easter Day

April 23: Report from the 2017 Haiti Team

April 30: Bishop Kirk Smith’s Annual Visit & Bishop’s Forum

May 7: Celebrating the Life of Father Paul Urbano (on the anniversary of his 100th birthday) 

May 14: My Piper Fellowship: What I Did and What I Learned Led by. Fr. Poulson Reed

May 21: Beauty Doubled: The Poetry of This Afternoon’s Concert (Father Reed)

Come for a preview of the beautiful texts the choir will sing, set to beautiful music, this afternoon!

Summer Sundays at 9am, Starting Sunday, June 4

“The Daily Bread of the Soul”: Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans

This October marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and there was no more important Biblical book to the reformers than Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Martin Luther called it the “very purest Gospel” and encouraged believers to read it every day as the “daily bread of the soul.” Led by the clergy, we will read Saint Paul’s theological masterpiece, seeking to understand its wisdom for us today. Bring your Bible, in any translation. No homework necessary!