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.

Lenten Series – Traveling the Way of Love – March 2 to March 30, 2020 – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Great Room of Fowler Hall – Evening will begin with a simple supper followed by conversation based on Traveling the Way of Love, an in-depth exploration of various practices of living out a Jesus-centered life in the context of your community and neighborhood.  This series builds upon last year’s Way of Love Lenten series.

Roys Redwoods
St. Mary’s Saturday Morning Saunter – Roy’s Redwoods Loop – February 22, 2020 – Meet at the Lych Gate on Union Street at 8:30 a.m. – Out in San Geronimo lives one of Marin County’s oldest stands of Coast Redwoods. This secluded preserve contains a cross section of coastal habitats, including bay and oak forest, chaparral, and grassland. We will be walking abut 3 miles with an elevation gain of about 200 ft. An optional spur trail climbs another 200 ft. Wear stout footwear, layers, hat, water, snack, and bring a friend. Dogs allowed on leash no longer that 6 ft. Questions? Sandy Stadtfeld – For more information on the area,

St. Mary’s Stories: Partners – 10:15 to 10:45 in the Great Room – Similar to the Pillars, the Partners are parishioners who have been at St. Mary’s for 5 to 39 years. Our most current speaker was Debbie Veatch, former Senior Warden of the Vestry. 

St. Mary’s Stories: Pillars –   Bi-monthly Sundays,  10:15-10:45 in the Great Room. – You are cordially invited to our  bi-monthly seminar to learn more about some of the people who make our community so strong. In the fall, the Rev. David or the Rev. Marguerite will interview some of the pillars of St. Mary’s. 

Rod Dugliss shared his spiritual story starting with Wednesday morning services to Dean of the Episcopal School of Deacons.

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David and Betty Hood Gibson let us know the many ways they have shared their talents at St. Mary’s.

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Nancy Clark shared her story of how she became the Sunday school Director and her journey to St. Mary’s.

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Guy Kornblum shared his history at St. Mary’s dating back to 1962 when he was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco.

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Georgene Keeler shared her story of how St. Mary’s helped her through a difficult time and led her participation in the wider church. 

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Jan Bolles shared her story of how St. Mary’s influenced and continues to influence her life. 

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Click here to read Tim Smith’s Story presented on Sunday, September 15, 2019

Our Summer in the City series was a great success. If you missed the talks, some were recorded and available.

Calendar of Dates/Topics:

July 21 –
Stop the Bleed, by The Rev. Nan Slavin, R.N. –

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July 28 –
Raising Children in the Christian Faith, Alana Ackerson, D.Min. –
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August 4 –
Expansive Language and Deepening our Relationship with the Holy, by The Rev.  Dr. Paul Fromberg –
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August 18 –
Open Thou Our Lips: Music in The Episcopal Church, by Music Director Eric Choate –
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The Way of Love, Practices for Jesus-Centered Life
An Invitation from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry to Practice the Way of Love

Way of Love

This year we will be exploring Presiding Bishop Curry’s Way of Love: Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life.  Over the next several months we will be offering classes and opportunities for discussion in his seven areas for growing into the Way of Love: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Go, Bless and Rest.  Bp. Curry’s vision that we are the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement offers the whole church a powerful way into the Loving, Liberating and Life-Giving Grace of God.

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17-19

In the first century Jesus of Nazareth inspired a movement. A community of people whose lives were centered on Jesus Christ and committed to living the way of God’s unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial, and redemptive love. Before they were called “church” or “Christian,” this Jesus Movement was simply called “the way.”

Today I believe our vocation is to live as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement. But how can we together grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world?

The deep roots of our Christian tradition may offer just such a path. For centuries, monastic communities have shaped their lives around rhythms and disciplines for following Jesus together. Such a pattern is known as a “Rule of Life.” The framework you now hold – The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus-Centered Life – outlines a Rule for the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement.

It is designed to be spare and spacious, so that individuals, ministry groups, congregations, and networks can flesh it out in unique ways and build a church-wide treasure trove of stories and resources. There is no specific order you need to follow. If you already keep a Rule or spiritual disciplines, you might reflect and discover how that path intersects with this one. 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.

Your brother in the Way of Jesus,

The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, Primate and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church

What do you Seek?
Early in his ministry, Jesus of Nazareth was surrounded by crowds. He turned and asked, “What do you seek?” (John 1:38). For more than a thousand years, monastics have greeted pilgrims knocking on their doors by asking: “What do you seek?”

Today, each of us can pause with the same question. As much as the world has changed, the fundamental human hopes and yearnings that draw us to faith may not be so different. For many …

  • We seek love
    To know God’s love, to love and be loved by others, and to love ourselves.
  • We seek freedom
    From the many forces – sin, fear, oppression, and division – that pull us from living as God created us to be: dignified, whole, and free.
  • We seek abundant life
    Overflowing with joy, peace, generosity, and delight. Where there is enough for all because we all share with abandon. A life of meaning, given back to God and lived for others.
  • We seek Jesus
    The Way of Jesus is the Way of Love,
    and that way has the power to change lives and change the world.


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