School of Wisdom

 School of Wisdom & Practical Spirituality

ST MARK’S SCHOOL OF WISDOM is open to the curious and the serious – to all seekers of Christian wisdom and spirituality. Our assumption is that everyone needs to find their own way, their own way.  Each course and each spiritual practice is part of a transformational journey, a journey we are all on whether we are conscious of it or not. All are welcome to join us in learning and practicing the spiritual path that Christianity has to offer. 

Information (including detailed information on classes and instructors) for the Fall 2017 term is now available on the menu bar to the right.  It is an exciting set of offerings.  We hope you will join us!

PURPOSE

The purpose of the School is to open our hearts and awaken our minds toward the growth of the soul.  We explore our unique individual paths on common spiritual ground with others to:

  • Encounter the Divine
  • Experience the power of story
  • Question the ways we think
  • Re-imagine our tradition
  • Co-create our world

Together we engage in study and practice rooted in the Christian tradition while honoring the world’s great faith traditions, encouraging compassionate commitment to self and others, and informing our daily lives through the working of Spirit.

METHODOLOGY 

The methodology of the School of Wisdom combines and balances theology and theory with the experience of spiritual practice.

Intellectual study, by itself, does not lead to the secret of life. Learning wisdom requires the use of multiple powers of perception, most of which are undeveloped. Wisdom is “intuitive knowledge” which understands with the inner senses through experience, prayer, contemplation, and other spiritual practices. By combining these methods, we develop spiritual eyes to see and spiritual ears to hear the reality (the Kingdom) that lies beneath, behind and within this physical reality.  To grow into our complete humanity -- to share in the wisdom, strength, vision, love, and compassion of God -- is to learn with the whole of our being -- body, mind, heart, and soul.

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

To register, please e-mail us at stmarkwisdom@gmail.com.  If your system does not support Windows Live Mail, you will need to copy and paste our address into your preferred email provider.  (Note there is no "s" after stmark in the address.) 

There is NO form to fill out so when emailng us so be sure to include the following info:  Your name and contact information (e-mail and preferred phone);  course(s) for which you are registering; and child care request, (if needed as well as number of children and ages). Registrations will be confirmed by email upon receipt. Annual fee of $10 can be paid first day of class. 

 

MONDAY EVENING
5:30 Individual silent prayer/meditation/contemplation - optional and encouraged (Sanctuary) 
6:00 Community Dinner - all invited (Parish Hall)
6:30 Community Announcements and Group Devotional - please join us (Parish Hall)
6:45 Classes (Parish Hall)
8:30 Classes end 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON (Wisdom on Wednesday)
1:30 to 3:00 in the Parish Hall Library