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Adult Formation


“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 13:34-35


Being a disciple of Jesus is a life-long journey of discovery.  St. Dunstan’s is a place where all are encouraged to become better disciples and to make more disciples.  This is hard work that takes time and commitment. While we might not make that journey easier; we hope to provide various ways to begin if you are just starting out, to delve deeper into meanings and relationships when you are ready to do that work, and to find ways to live that out in community through service and teaching others. All of our various gathering for learning and growing in discipleship are open to all, no matter where you are on your journey. 

Weekly Opportunities

Sunday Formation September to June

A Sunday adult class is offered each week during our formation time from 9:50 to 10:35 a.m. throughout the year. Adults meet to discuss topics of interest ranging from the Bible to social issues to church history to theology. These mornings can be led by members of the parish, the clergy and staff, or speakers who provide expert experience and knowledge.  The usual format is a presentation of information followed by dialogue.   

Economic Justice Group

This group discusses major societal issues, most recently the refugee crisis and the minimum wage debate.  We hold periodic community forums on current topics, and work for greater justice in church and society. Below are some resolutions on income inequality created by the Economic Justice Group of St. Dunstan's.  

Wednesday Bible Study

The rector leads a weekly study on one of the books of the Bible from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. each week during the program year.     

Formation Offerings throughout the Year

Small Groups: We are currently encouraging all in our community to participate in a small group.  While the focus of these small groups is extremely varied; all spend some time “dwelling” in scripture, prayer, and in building relationships. These groups usually meet monthly either at the parish or in someone’s home.  For more information about our current small group offerings click here.

Newcomers: This program is offered at various times throughout the year for those who are new to our community and who wish to deepen their knowledge of the faith. Long-time members often join these classes to renew and strengthen their journey. Speak to the Rector.  

Confirmation: Those interested in formal membership in The Episcopal Church are either confirmed or received into the church in a service at Washington National Cathedral by our Bishop.  A class may be offered in conjunction with a newcomer program or separately. Please contact the Rector.  

Retreats: St. Dunstan's sponsors occasional offsite, overnight retreats for contemplation, spiritual refreshment, and growth.  One traditional time for this is during Lent.  Others may be offered in different seasons and most are open to all adults, though sometimes these might be offered for men or women.

Seasonal Programs: Throughout the year there are various evening programs offered for adults and folks of all ages. Some of these programs combine various areas of parish ministry such as formation, music, and worship; while others are extremely specific, such as a scripture study on the life of Christ. Others may be predominately focused on fellowship and building up the community. There are usually special offerings during the seasons of Advent and Lent. To learn more about what is being offered at any time of year, please visit our weekly news, The Trailblazer.

For additional information about our Adult formation opportunities, please call the church office for details at 301-229-2960.

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