More information about Signs of Life
Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary recognizes the power and potential of small group ministry for the Episcopal Church. When done well, small groups can foster holy conversations, build up disciples, and form strong communities. To build up small groups in Episcopal congregations, we are creating resources to help your community get small groups going.
These resources are available:
- Small Group Facilitator Guide
- Weekly Discussion Guide (for large and small groups)
- Lenten Calendar of daily practices
For more resources on each of these signs, here is a short list of book, websites and podcast that might be of interest to you
- Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church, (Nelson Books, 2015)
- Gordon Lathrop, Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology, (Fortress Press, 1993)
- George Guiver, Pursuing the Mystery: Worship and Daily Life as Presences of God, (SPCK, 1996)
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together (HarperOne, 2009)
When we see by the light of Christ, everything that is close to us, the manifestly everyday experience of living, things as simple and as vital as light and water and food and shelter and community – everything – is transformed into a vehicle of grace. These ordinary, existential, elemental pieces of life become imbued with the golden hue of love.
Being in loving relationship means that the truth of our very selves will be revealed. When we have chosen to love, no matter what, there is no place for us to hide from ourselves. We learn that not only do we need to love others for who they are, we need to love our selves for who we are. Vows are impossible, apart from God.
Worship engages our deepest human needs and has the power to transform our lives. Join the Brothers of SSJE in exploring the signs and symbols at the heart of Christian worship.
This free 5-week offering encourages individuals and groups to explore the riches of our worship traditions, liturgy and sacraments, and the art and architecture of our worship spaces, revealing the full meaning of these signs, deepening our experience of Christian vocation and guiding us toward ongoing conversion.