EDUCATION & FORMATION
We provide programs and opportunities for adults to foster personal and spiritual growth.
Way of Love
Date: Tuesdays, starting March 2, 7pm
"The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life – outlines a Rule of Life for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. By entering into reflection, discernment, and commitment around the practices of Turn – Learn – Pray – Worship – Bless – Go – Rest, I pray we will grow as communities following the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus. His way has the power to change each of our lives and to change this world."
- Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
This Lenten series is hosted by St. B's Becoming Beloved Community team. We invite you to join us as we explore these spiritual practices this Lenten season.
Dismantling Racism is the Diocese of Southern Ohio’s Anti-Racism training program. Please visit the Diocese's website for upcoming training dates.
The training consists of viewing a short video and attending a full-day workshop. Advance registration is required. BEFORE REGISTERING for the workshop, you must watch one of the pre-training videos available on the DSO Learning Portal in the Anti-Racism pre-training section. You will be asked for feedback on the video you watch on your registration form.
If you are unable to make this training, please visit the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Justice and Healing in Atlanta for online training, which is also currently accepted as official training for our diocese.
The Diocese has updated their Safe Church training program! Safe Church training is available to anyone in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Online training is available when you are and is self-paced for you to complete as you are able.
This training is required for leaders in our congregation (vestry, staff, lay leaders) but is strongly recommended for all members of our community especially those who are involved with Children & Youth Ministries, Pastoral Care, or any position that involves an interaction with others.
If your certificate is up to date, you do not need to re-take this new training.
Women's Bible Study
The Women's Bible Study led by Cherry Perlson is currently meeting through Zoom. New members are always welcome!
Tuesdays • 10 a.m. • Meeting on Zoom
If you would like the link to join, please email Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org
We began a Men’s Coffee group with speaker Dennis Marasco, chaplain, care pastor, and mental health therapist. Topics have included communication skills, finding balance, and holding boundaries.
Second Saturday of the Month • 8 a.m. • St. Barnabas Parking Lot (bring a lawn chair!)
Tract Rack Treasures
The Tract Rack in the hallway to the Great Hall continues to be stocked by Mary Ellen Baude. It has treasures for your reading pleasure on numerous topics as well as copies of Forward Movement's Day by Day for a minimal charge.
The Library, supervised by Laura Leigh Hahn, currently has 1,200 books that anyone can check out. The library is also used for small group meetings.
Grow Christians is a ministry of Forward Movement and an online community of discipleship focused on the practical details of life at home. Gathering reflections, stories, images, and recipes from diverse Episcopalians, this group blog inspires generations to come together as they celebrate the presence of God through the Christian year.
Online Formation Resources
Bethanie Van Camp and Kara Shay Thomson lead a quiet, guided meditation. All ages and all abilities are welcome. You can bring a yoga mat or blanket to lay down if you like, or sit in a chair if that's more comfy for your body. Roll out of bed, throw on some yoga pants, or stay in your pjs. Show up as you are, we don't need your Sunday best!
If you have questions, please contact Bethanie Van Camp or Kara Shay at StBInreach@gmail.com.
Second Saturday of the Month • 8 a.m. • Chapel
On Hold Due to Covid-19
Sisters of Retreats
Anyone who has attended or is interested in our yearly women's retreat at Transfiguration Spirituality Center is welcome to join our brunch group. We are a small, friendly group of sisters of varying ages who come together for continued support and sharing.
4th Saturdays • 10 a.m. • Maplewood Kitchen, Mason
On Hold Due to Covid-19
Some of us have undeveloped thoughts and questions about God, the church, the prayer book, and humanity and lack an opportunity to share and refine our thoughts. Some of us desire spiritual community, rich with conversation and deep reflection. Some of us want a context to connect with our friends and neighbors in an affable environment. Highgrain Theology at Highgrain Brewery Co. in Silverton is a new, inter-parish event created for all of us—no matter your favorite beverage; the place has a variety of them.
Whatever the reason, you are invited.
Women's Retreat: Sacred Soil
Transfiguration Spirituality Center, Glendale
Preparing Our Hearts for
Every year, in the heart of winter, the Christian tradition invites us to consider what rests in the sacred soil of our hearts, awaiting the loving attention that awakens us to ourselves.
Join us in some holy excavation, as we uncover what needs our attention this year. We will create a spiritual road map for a forty-day journey to lead us home to ourselves.
We call this season Lent.
Contact: Pastor Nancy with questions at email@example.com.
Sunday, February 16, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: St. Barnabas Library
When people are asked what is missing in their lives, certainly wisdom would top the list. Why is it missing? What is it? Can it even be attained? And will wisdom really solve anything?
These are the questions we will examine together as we seek to better understand wisdom and its place in our world. Excitingly, there is increased evidence that both individuals and humankind in general can actually become wiser. We will explore together the notion of wisdom from different perspectives and examine various possibilities for developing wisdom—understanding that becoming “wise” may not be the point of the journey…
All ages welcome! This is a great chance for families to experience growth together. Childcare will also be available. We'll have a light lunch, and we'll meet in the St. Barnabas Library.
Rick Warm, MBA PhD, is a coach, consultant, and the director of the Center for Wisdom and Leadership in Cincinnati, OH. Rick’s work with OLLI is well known and his extensive world view brings a fresh outlook to our St. Barnabas community.
Contact: Nicole at with questions.
The Book of Common Prayer:
A Handyman’s Guide to Holy Living
A Look at the Sacraments
Love and service – we’ll show you how
All classes are following the 10 a.m. service in the Library.
The journey through Lent into Easter is a journey with Jesus. We are baptized into his life, self-giving, and death; then, we rise in hope to life transformed. This Lent, The Episcopal Church invites communities to walk with Jesus in his Way of Love and into the experience of transformed life.
Wednesdays • Great Hall
6:30 p.m.—Simple supper
7 p.m.–Eucharist and adult forum
Don’t have a lonely Lent. Join thousands of Christians from all over the world in the best bracket of the season, Lent Madness. Visit the Great Hall and pick up your copy of the Saintly Scorecard.
This little book contains all you need to know to play, enjoy, learn from, and be changed by Lent Madness, a unique Lenten devotional that will have you laughing and learning during Lent.
The Other Talk
The Endowment Committee is hosting an educational session with Anne Burney from Lenox Wealth, based on a book by Tim Prosch.
Anne’s presentation is on the need and benefit for individuals who are 60+ to have “The Other Talk" with their family and children regarding end-of-life planning.
Enjoy a restful weekend at Transfiguration Spirituality Center with Alice Connor.
Alice is an Episcopal priest and a college chaplain. The retreat will be themed around Alice’s upcoming book, How to Human: An Incomplete Manual for Living in a Messed-Up World, including:
Take People Seriously
Consider the Damn Lilies
Say the Thing and Ask for What You Need
Diversity in Israel
Rabbi Daniel Bogard spoke on ethnic, political, and religious diversity within the historic and current state of Israel.
Rabbi Daniel Bogard is Rabbi in Residence of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, an adjunct lecturer at Hebrew Union College, and an associate rabbi of Adath Israel Congregation along with his wife Rabbi Karen Kriger Bogard.
The Imperfect Life: The Life of Grace
God does not demand that we lead a perfect life. But, by the grace of God, we are given an opportunity to lead a life of love.
Cindy Blunt presented a program on the Passover Seder. The program included discussion and an interesting look into Passover as we enjoyed a Seder Plate together.
Five Love Languages
in a Family
Jane Marasco, a licensed independent social worker (and wife of Dennis Marasco) taught on Five Love Languages based on the book by Gary Chapman.
The focus was on use in various family settings, in particular with your children, your siblings, or your spouse.