Theology Classes

Classes are offered every Sunday morning (except Easter Day) at 10am. Classes are also offered on selected weekday evenings particularly from September through May. Please access the theology calendar for exact dates and times. A summary of current and upcoming classes is listed below.


The Pilgrim’s Course

A systematic treatment of the essentials of the Christian faith, as received through the Catholic heritage of Anglicanism within the Episcopal Church.

Rector Turner
The Reverend Canon Carl Turner

Newcomers to Saint Thomas Church and those not yet members of the church are invited to our “Pilgrims’ Course,” which is a comprehensive introduction to the Christian faith, as received and understood by the Episcopal Church.  The course will be taught by the Rector with assistance from Father Cheng.

The first session will be on Tuesday, January 14, at 6:30 p.m. Each session will begin with a simple meal at 6:30 p.m., and the class itself will run from 7 to 8 p.m. The sessions continue on most Tuesday evenings through May 19.  Here is the schedule for the course:



    • January 14: God the Father: Creation, the Fall, and What It Means to Be “Made in God’s Image”
    • January 21: God the Son: Incarnation, Atonement, and Glory
    • January 28: God the Holy Spirit: Being “Fully Alive” with the Gifts of the Spirit
    • February 4: The Trinity: The Church Community Reflects Our Belief in God as “Three in One”
    • February 11: The Holy Bible: “The Word of the Lord”
    • February 18: The Christian Exodus: An Introduction to Lent and Holy Week
    • March 10: The History of the Church 1: From House Church to Established Religion
    • March 17: The History of the Church 2: Reformation, Anglicanism, and the Oxford Movement
    • March 24: An Introduction to the Sacramental Life of the Church: Baptism and Confirmation
    • March 31: “They Recognized Him in the Breaking of the Bread”: The Eucharist at the Heart of Our Common Life
    • April 28: When Things Go Wrong: Confession and Healing
    • May 5: Relationships: Marriage, Commitment, and Religious Communities
    • May 12: Mission and Ministry: Vocation, Ordination, and the Mission of the Church
    • May 19: Hope: Death, Eternal Life, Mary, and the Communion of Saints

Bishop Allen Shin will visit the parish on Sunday, May 17, at 11 a.m., to confirm and receive candidates.  Although the course is specifically designed for adults who are considering baptism, confirmation, or reception into the Episcopal Church, it is fitting for anyone who wishes to explore Christianity or to deepen his or her faith.

Please email Father Cheng if you would like to attend the class.


The Theology of Martin Luther King Jr.

Bell Tower Statue of Martin Luther King Jr.

Today, Sunday January 26, at 10am, we conclude our series with Dr. King’s theology of grace.  We will discuss the sermon “The Man Who Was a Fool,” which can be found on pp. 65-73 of Strength to Love.  That sermon can be found here, and its audio recording can be found here.

An Introduction to Anglicanism

Dr. Christopher Wells

A lecture series featuring our Guest Historian-in-Residence, Dr. Christopher Wells. Throughout the coming program year (2019-2020), Dr. Wells will travel from his home in Dallas, Texas to present his lectures series in Andrew Hall on the theme: “An Introduction to Anglicanism.” Over the course of a total of nine lectures following Evensong, he will paint a broad and engaging picture of our Anglican history and heritage. Join us for this extraordinary journey together.

Series Overview

The Long Shadow of Augustine: Defining and Locating the Church; Multiplying Churches

    • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6:30-8:00pm
    • Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6:30-8:00pm
    • Thursday, Sept. 26, 6:30-8:00pm

Communion Transformations

    • Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6:30-8:00pm
    • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6:30-8:00pm
    • Thursday, Dec. 5, 6:30-8:00pm

Whither Anglicanism?

    • Tuesday, March 10, 6:30-8:00pm
    • Wednesday, March 11, 6:30-8:00pm
    • Thursday, March 12, 6:30-8:00pm

Weekly Bible Study

At 12:45pm, (almost) every Friday of the year there is a weekly Bible study. Check the calendar to see if the Bible study is meeting on a particular upcoming Friday afternoon.