Deepening Our Faith

At St. Mary’s we are exploring new ways for all ages to learn and grow deeper in faith, so that we might follow Jesus more closely.


Climate Church Climate World, by Jim Antal - book cover“Caring for Our Common Home”

“The earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Isa 11:9

We have a living faith, it grows and changes, and it needs nourishment! Through study of the Bible, and of the words of other faithful people, through study of creation, creativity and the needs of our world and times, we come to better know God, and learn to walk humbly and serve in love.

Current opportunities: Caring for Our Common Home

Wednesdays from September 8 through October 13, 7:00 pm on Zoom

Zoom link (same link every week)

Meeting ID: 821 0962 7055

Passcode: 459857

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The centerpiece of the program is Jim Antal’s book, Climate Church, Climate World, which deals with the ways the church can intervene in the current climate crisis.

For September 8th, the moderator/presenter is Grant Voth, Ann Pettit is the Zoom Master, and they suggest that beforehand you take a look at a fine little 4-minute video on the climate crisis. You can find it here 

Please try, if you can, to read Chapters 1 and 2 of the book before the first meeting.

Additional resources for Week 1 can be found here.

For September 15th, the moderator will be Kathy Stoner. We will share readings and stories focusing on the interconnectedness of all things and how the spirit of God lives in all of creation, and we will discuss the role of the church in addressing climate change and caring for God’s creation.

We ask that before the Zoom meeting, you watch the 6 minute video, “Global Weirding: The Bible Doesn’t Talk About Climate Change, Right?” with Katherine Heyhoe, Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, at this link


If you are reading along in Jim Antal’s book, Climate Church, Climate World, we suggest you read chapters 3 and 4.

Additional resources from September 15:

“Global Weirding: The Bible Doesn’t Talk About Climate Change, Right?” Katharine Heyhoe, Climate Scientist, Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University

An Episcopal Vision for Creation Care Developed by the Presiding Bishop’s Office and leaders of the Advisory Council on Stewardship of Creation and in alignment with actions by the 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church

Resolution A – Encourage Creation Care Adopted by the 40th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real, November, 2020

Encyclical Letter “LAUDATO SI’” by Pope Francis, On Care For Our Common Home

STEWARDS OF EDEN: What Scripture Says About the Environment and Why It Matters, by Sandra L. Richter (InterVarsity Press, 2020)

9/11, Patriotism, Climate Video by Eugene Loh

On Wednesday, September 22 the presenter/moderator is Don Fennell, leading a discussion of Chapter 5 of Jim Antal’s Climate Church, Climate World.

In that chapter Antal argues that the key to doing anything about climate change is our attitude—our morality—which needs a revolution. And who better, he asks, to lead such a revolution than the church, because the new morality we need is what Jesus called us to do and what the church has been proclaiming for two thousand years. What we need, he says, is a new definition of discipleship, one which adds to reconciliation with God and each other reconciliation with all of Creation.

If you can, please read chapter 5 before the class.

On Wednesday, September 29, Carolyn Bluemle will be presenter/moderator leading the discussion of Chapter 6 of Jim Antal’s book, Climate Church, Climate World. In that chapter, Antal presents ways in which liturgy, in the church on Sundays and beyond, can support our efforts to help restore, protect, and preserve our planet home.

I hope we can come together to consider three aspects of this: 1. Ways that, in both pastoral and prophetic modes, liturgy can support our efforts, 2. How we might modify aspects (other than sermons) of our current liturgy or create special liturgical events to support us, and 3. How groups working on aspects of the problem, might contribute to our liturgical life.

If you can, please read Chapter 6 before the class. And, watch a short 2020 message from Bishop Michael Curry on Creation Care Ministry — the video can be found here:


Inquirer’s Class this fall – For those interested in baptism, confirmation, or reception into the Episcopal church, or those who wish to learn more about its theology and practices. Six weeks, beginning Monday, September 13, 7-8:30 pm, at the church. Contact Pastor Kristine for more information.



Race and Social Justice Summer Series – This summer we will be studying the intersection of race and social justice in a month-long Wednesday night series.  Each session will meet from 7-8pm on Zoom, and will include clips from selected videos, small and large group discussion, and potential action steps we can take individually and as a congregation to support those who are working for justice for these groups.

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 960 1374 4857
Password: 458548

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+16699006833, 96013744857# US (San Jose)

The videos for each session will be posted in the St. Mary’s News email a week in advance so that you can watch the videos beforehand, if you would like. Or you can come to any or all of the sessions without any preparation other than an open mind and heart.

On August 11, our music director, Nicholas, will be hosting a special in-person session (with a Zoom option) on the musical genre of Spirituals, following on from the last session of the series on African Americans. The schedule is as follows:

July 14 (7-8pm on Zoom): Introduction to the series / Native Americans: Truth and healing for survivors of forced adoption and residential schools – Discussion facilitator: Beth Jones

        Additional resources

Deb Haaland announcement of US probe into Native American boarding schools
VOX report on assimilation of Native American children throughresidential schools, foster care, and adoption
PBS Newshour report on US government potential to make amends for history of indigenous schools
National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA): Lukas’s Story of forced adoption
NICWA: Ways to get involved
Statement by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on indigenous boarding schools

July 21 (7-8pm on Zoom): Asian Americans: Addressing hate crimes in the wake of the pandemic – Discussion facilitator: Mickey Welsh

        Additional resources

#Stop the Hate
TIME video: Combating Anti-Asian Violence
TED Talk: A Tale of Two Americas

Monterey County  Weekly article, May 20, 2021: “Historical Amnesia: Anti-Asian Hate … a lot of learning to be done in Monterey County’s Past”

In light of our discussion on Asian Americans: Addressing hate crimes in the wake of the pandemic and beyond, here are a few organizations to contact to take concrete actions in addressing this injustice:

Education and elimination of bias; Taking action: Bystander Intervention training
Japanese American Citizens League of Monterey County
Citizens For Better Community (Gerry Low Sabado, Chair)  Fremont<
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Asian Law Caucus)   San Francisco<
Ikebana International, Monterey Bay Chapter #231  (Art of Japanese Flower arranging, see Kozue Knowles)

July 28 (7-8pm on Zoom): Latin Americans: Reframing the immigration narrative – Discussion facilitator: Jackie Frey

Videos: LA Times story of a day in the life of an unaccompanied minor
TED Talk: What’s missing from the American immigrant narrative
How one journalist is changing the immigrant narrative on TV. (click on “Ask me later” when prompted)

 Article:  Monterey County Weekly Article on DACA ruling

In light of our discussion of Latin Americans and immigration, here are some organizations to contact to take concrete action in addressing this issue:

COPA Website
Hispanic Scholarship Fund

August 4 (7-8pm on Zoom): African Americans: Confronting police violence and incarceration – Discussion facilitator: Scott Taylor

Videos:  New York Times Opinion | Why Life Without Parole Isn’t Making Us Any Safer
TIME – Official Trailer
13th – Official Trailer

August 11 (7-8pm in person and on Zoom): The history and genre of Spirituals – Host: Nicholas Mourlam

**The August 11th History of Spirituals & Gospel Music Event has been postponed. Please stay tuned to our announcements for the rescheduled future date and time.

Additional resources will be posted on this page as they become available.

If you would like more information about the series, please feel free to send your questions to Beth Jones: