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Adult Forum

Sunday mornings in Shears Hall following the 9:00 am service

Topics vary widely, depending on the availability of our speakers, parishioner interests, and the seasons of the church year. Join us for coffee and conversation as we consider both what strengthens us personally and what equips us for mission in the world. Learn more.

Contact: The Reverend Justin A. Ivatts

Many of you asked for copies of Kristine Johnson’s January 15 forum presentation on Bridging the Political Divide. It is available for download here and there are hard copies in the Parish Office. 


Adult Bible Study

Wednesday, February 1, 8, 15 and 22 from Noon to 1:30 pm in Smoot Conference Room 

Adult Bible Study meets on Wednesdays (unless otherwise noted) throughout the program year. No preparation is necessary as we study the upcoming lectionary passages. Please bring a Bible and your lunch. All are welcome. 

Contact: The Reverend Justin A. Ivatts


Faith & Creation

Tuesday, February 14 at Noon in Brooks Library

Join us as we discuss readings from Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty. The 2009 book by journalists Roger Thurow and Scott Kilman delves into the complex and intertwined causes of hunger, focussing on Ethiopia and other African nations. The suggested readings are any of the following:

  • The Preface
  • Chapter 6: Who’s Aiding Whom
  • Chapter 12: Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back


Faith & Work

Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 am in Shears Hall

Join us for a light breakfast and a discussion of a new book by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, entitled Dethroning Mammon. The book is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The publisher of the book writes, “Dethroning Mammon reflects on the impact of our own attitudes, and of the pressures that surround us, on how we handle the power of money, called Mammon in this book. Who will be on the throne of our lives? Who will direct our actions and attitudes? Is it Jesus Christ, who brings truth, hope and freedom? Or is it Mammon, so attractive, so clear, but leading us into paths that tangle, trip and deceive?”

Participation in the breakfast meeting does not require reading the book in advance, but for those interested, we will review the book at the March Faith & Work meeting. (The Wednesday Adult Bible Study is also reading the same book during Lent.)

Contact: Rod Page through the Parish Office, 703-356-4902


St. John’s Book Discussion

Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 pm in the Brooks Library

The selection for February is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. This is a personal account of a culture in crisis—white working-class Americans. As a Yale Law School graduate and successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Vance is the embodiment of the American Dream. However, he is haunted by the demons of his chaotic past. Please join us for lively conversation and fellowship. Future books will be selected by the group each month.

Contact: The Reverend Justin A. Ivatts


women-s_retreat_2017.jpgWomen in Faith Annual Retreat 

February 24–25
Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center in Marriottsville, MD

What is the fast I choose? Reflections on Isaiah 58

Women of all ages are invited for a time of fellowship, fun and faith formation, led by the Reverend Kristine Johnson. Bon Secours is about an hour from St. John’s; all guest rooms are singles with private bath; and three meals are included. To beat traffic, check-in is at 3:00 pm. We will begin our program at 4:00 pm on Friday and conclude by 2:00 pm on Saturday. Bon Secours has private rooms and three meals are included. The cost is $170. Register online here.

We will consider what it means to fast, reflect on God’s dreams for us as individuals and as a community, and set intentions for fasting from those things that keep us from realizing those dreams. The Reverend Kristine Johnson will lead us in reflection, activities, and discussion that will prepare our hearts and minds for a holy Lent, which begins March 1. 

Contact: Margaret Kerfoot or Suzanne Zurn through the Parish Office, 703-356-4902


Theology Seminar

Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30 pm in Smoot Conference Room
Led by the Reverend Justin Ivatts

Join us for an opportunity to discuss the deeper questions of faith. In this session we will discuss the issues surrounding Christology (the nature and personhood of Jesus Christ) The assigned readings are:

  • Pages 207–236 of Christian Theology: An Introduction by Alister E. McGrath
  • Chapters 4.7, 4.8, 4.12, 4.13, 4.15, 4.18, 4.32, 4.34 in The Christian Theology Reader by Alister E. McGrath

Books are available on Amazon.

Contact: The Reverend Justin A. Ivatts


Education for Ministry (EfM)

The EfM program from The University of the South at Sewanee will be taking a break this year.  We will revisit have a group for the 2017–2018 program year in the late spring/early summer of 2017. Learn more about EfM.

Contact: The Reverend Justin Ivatts or Ron Alexander through the Parish Office, 703-356-4902