Classes and Events

Learning to Live and Pray
from Sacred Scripture

Wednesday Night Bible Study Class

Beginning September 20, 2017
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Saint Joseph's Hall - 145 West 46th Street

The Wednesday Night Bible Study Class resumed on September 20. This year we will be looking at a number of texts drawn from both the Old and New Testaments in order to study the different ways in which the Bible has been interpreted over the centuries. We will be examining texts that seem particularly hard or challenging to many modern people in order to develop ways of coming to terms with difficult texts. This is not a college or seminary course. Our approach will not be excessively academic. No preparation is necessary and no homework will be required. As always, there will be lots of time for discussion. We will begin the year by looking at some New Testament texts that deal with slavery. 

For more information, please email The Rev. James Ross Smith.


Confirmation at Saint Mary's

Inquirers' Class

Beginning October 1, 2017
10:00 AM

Morning Room (Nursery)
145 West 46th Street

Deacon Matthew Jacobson will be teaching a series of classes this fall for those preparing for Baptism, Confirmation, or Reception and for all those who are interested in learning, or reviewing, some of the basics of the Christian faith and the history, theology, and spirituality of the Episcopal Church. All are welcome.

If you are interested, please contact Father Jay Smith.



Every Friday, from 6:30-8:00 PM, following Evening Prayer, in the Atrium on the second floor of the Parish House. (Entrance is via Saint Joseph's Hall or 145 West Forty-sixth Street.)

Centering Prayer, "prayer without words," is a contemplative-prayer method that is intended to develop one's relationship with God. No experience is required to begin; if interested, individual instruction can be provided-simply contact one of the Group's coordinators. An introductory workshop will be held in the fall. If you do have questions or would like more information, contact co-coordinators Ingrid Sletten or Blair Burroughs


Saint Matthew and the Angel by Guido Reni

The Gospel of Saint Matthew

November 5, 12, 19, and 26

Sundays in Lent - February 18 and 25;
March 4, 11, 18, and 25

In November, assisting priest Father Pete Powell returns to the Adult Forum, leading the class in a discussion of the Gospel of Saint Matthew. In the fall (November 5, 12, 19, and 26), Father Powell will be looking at the first five chapters of the gospel. Matthew is a long, complex, and exceedingly rich text. Father Powell will need to stay focused  on certain central themes in Matthew, but he has agreed to help us understand the ways in which the first evangelist's presentation of such issues as law and Israel played a significant role in the development of Reformation theology, perhaps especially in contrast to Saint Paul's discussion of law and grace.

If you are interested, please contact Father Jay Smith.


J. S. Bach , the Saint Matthew Passion and the Saint John Passion

December 3 and 10

In early December (December 3 and 10), around 1:00 PM in Saint Joseph's Hall, parishioner and musicologist Mark Risinger joins the discussion with a series on two centrally important works of J. S. Bach , the Saint Matthew Passion and the Saint John Passion. Bach is regarded as a saint by many Lutherans, and his work tells us much about the spirituality that arose out of the Reformation.

If you are interested, please contact Father Jay Smith.


John Henry Newman

The English Reformation

January 7, 14, 28; February 4 and 11

After the Christmas break, Father Smith will teach a five part series (January 7, 14, 28; February 4 and 11) on the English Reformation. This is a large topic and so the focus will be on the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion (BCP 867-876) and the Oxford Movement's nineteenth-century interpretation of, and response to, that English "creed," especially John Henry Newman's famous Tract 90, "Remarks on Certain Passages in the Thirty-Nine Articles." The goal of the series is to gain some understanding of the ambiguous Anglo-Catholic response to our Reformation heritage.

If you are interested, please contact Father Jay Smith.


The Holy Spirit in Scripture and Literature

May 20, 27, and June 3

Beginning on the Day of Pentecost, Deacon Rebecca Weiner Tompkins will teach a three-part series (May 20, 27, and June 3) on the Holy Spirit in Scripture and literature. The provisional title of the series is "The dove fluttered down": bird, fire, wind, water, cloud, and light-depictions of the Holy Spirit in readings from Scripture and beyond. As always, Deacon Rebecca will ably demonstrate the ways in which the Bible interacts with literary texts, especially poetry, to speak about religious ideas and emotions.

If you are interested, please contact Father Jay Smith.