Spiritual Formation

St. Mary’s offers numerous opportunities for adults to learn and grow. Spiritual Formation includes programs that challenge you to think differently, help you to expand your knowledge base, deepen your prayer life, and engage you with the breadth and depth of Anglican history and contemporary expressions of the faith.

Summer in the City Adult Formation Series

Join us in the Fowler Hall Great Room between the 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. services (approximately 9:00 a.m.) for the June and July programs of the Summer in the City adult formation series. (More speakers will be announced for August soon)

John Kramar

Sunday, June 17 – John Kramar, “Immigration and Refugees in America Today.”
John Kramar is an Elder at Old First Presbyterian Church, San Francisco, with a life’s calling to welcome the sojourner among us. He is
an immigration attorney with twenty-six years as a civil servant with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). After a look at scripture to identify our Christian responsibility to immigrants, John will explore the foundations of immigration in the U.S., the current state of our immigration system, and “hot button” issues, as we identify them, that call for faith-filled responses. This program is sponsored by Immigration working group of St. Mary’s justice ministry.

Listen to John’s talk

Sunday, June 24 – Sara Miles, “Becoming Neighbors: Crossing Borders in San Francisco.”
Sara Miles introduces us to the realities facing immigrants in our own community today. Sara is the accompaniment coordinator for Faith in Action Bay Area (FIABA), a network of interfaith congregations and community leaders working to uphold the dignity of all people. Sara served for ten years as the Director of Ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, and is founder and director of The Food Pantry, which provides free fresh groceries to 400 families a week. Sara is author of several books on being a Christian in the contemporary world. ( She also will preach at the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services on June 24. This program is sponsored by Immigration working group of St. Mary’s justice ministry.

Sara Miles

Fr. Adam McCly

Sunday, July 1 – Fr. Adam McCoy, “The Benedictine Way: A Life of an Episcopal
Fr. Adam McCoy is member of the Order of the Holy Cross and is prior of Mt. Calvary Monastery in Santa Barbara. The Order of the Holy Cross is a Benedictine community of men in the Episcopal Church. The central expression of what Benedictine monasticism is all about is summed up in their vow: stability, conversion to monastic life and obedience. Brother Adam joined the Order of the Holy Cross in 1973. Previously, he served as Prior of Incarnation Priory, Berkeley, as the rector of St. Michael’s, Anaheim and St. Edward the Martyr, East Harlem, New York City. He is the author of the history of Order of Holy Cross, Holy Cross: A Century of Anglican Monasticism. He also will preach at the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services on July 1.

Sunday, July 8 – Sandy Stadtfeld, “The Moravian Church in America – A Partner in
The oldest active worldwide Protestant Christian denomination, the Moravian Church traces its history from fifteenth-entury Bohemia and the teachings of the reformer Jan Hus. Officially the Unitas Fratrum, or Unity of Brethren, the church emphasizes Christian unity, personal piety, missionary work, and music. Moravian settlers began coming to North America in 1735, establishing the church’s historic centers in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Moravian Church is among those with which the Episcopal Church (USA) is today in in full communion and that St. Mary’s will explore in worship this summer. Sandy Stadtfeld is a parishioner of St. Mary’s, where he sings in the choir, serves as a chalice bearer and helps out wherever he can. His interest in the Moravian Church stems from many years playing in brass and trombone ensembles, which figure prominently in the Moravian tradition.

Sandy Stadtfeld

Martha Daetwyler

Sunday, July 15 – Martha Daetwyler, “Estate planning and charitable giving in light of
new tax laws”

How do the recent tax changes affect estate planning? What’s new and what remains the same in terms of charitable giving? Are there new opportunities for charitable giving in light of the new tax laws? On a practical level, what steps can you take now to ease the burden on your family and others when you die? What steps can you take now to provide for periods of illness and incapacity? These topics will be examined by parishioner Martha Daetwyler who is a member of the vestry and the choir. She is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration and has many years of legal experience in helping families and individuals prepare trust and wills and other estate planning documents. Martha also works with clients on transferring assets after the death of a family member whether in the context of trust administration or probate.
This program is sponsored by St. Mary’s Legacy Society.



Making All Things New, An Invitation to the Spiritual Life – By Henri Nouwen

Making all Things New

Recommended reading –  If you would like to read this book, copies may be found on Amazon (CLICK HERE), bookstores, libraries or by electronic means. A few printed copies will be available in the church library.

The Rev. David Erickson