Trinity Parish, Reno, presents

a School of Theology
[a three-year course of study and reflection
the Rev. James P. Edwards, coordinator]

Yearly each of us renews our baptismal vows, promising to do our best to live as Jesus lived. To put it in different words, we're going to make a conscious effort to apply his values to our lives. Each time we participate in Eucharist, we make the same commitment. Understanding what that means is a life-long process, and not one easily, if ever, accomplished alone.


Sharing our efforts through study and prayer with fellow members of our local Christian communities offers us a unique opportunity to grow in our sense of ourselves as human beings and as Christians of the Episcopal Communion.

Facilitators from various parishes of the Northwest District of the diocese are presenting an opportunity for such shared reflection over the next three years at Trinity's Parish House. The first set of four sessions, on the elements of the Bible, begins on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. These sessions will each go until 9:00 p.m. and end on March 30. The complete group of twelve sets of sessions, with a $25 fee per set for each participant, continues until January of 2007. All sessions except those during Lent will be held on a Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

For those who participate in all twelve terms, a certificate will be awarded:
a general certificate indicating completion of the course,
an honorary certificate indicating satisfactory answering of a set of questions at the conclusion of the twelfth term.
Anyone who wishes to attend only one or several, but not all, the terms is most welcome to do so.

Year One: First Term -- Introducing the Bible

March 9 - 30, 2004

session one: Why the Bible? What is it?
session two: studying the Bible, format and translations
session three: two testaments
session four: exploring the text
The Rev Jim Edwards

Second Term -- Opening the Prayer Book
April 27 - May 18, 2004

session one: the nature of liturgy
session two: exploring the contents
session three: the "shaping" of the Prayer Book
session four: Why do we pray as we do in the Prayer Book?

Third Term -- The Hebrew Testament I

November 23 - December 14, 2004

session one: introduction, The Torah
session two: The Torah II
session three: historical books I
session four: historical books II

Fourth Term -- Church History I

January 11 - February 1, 2005

session one: the first centuries
session two: the seven ecumenical councils
session three: the creeds and their history
session four: the middle ages
The Rev. Harry and Mrs. Dorothy Walrath

Year Two: First term -- The Hebrew Testament II

February 22 - March 15, 2005

session one: major prophets
session two: minor prophets
session three: wisdom literature I
session four: wisdom literature II

Second Term -- sacrament and prayer

April 15 - May 3, 2005

session one: Baptism
session two: Eucharist
session three: the 'lesser' sacraments
session four: personal prayer

Third Term -- The Christian Testament

November 22 - December 13, 2005

session one: background
session two: Gospels
session three: epistles
session four: Acts of the Apostles

Fourth Term -- Church History II

January 24 - February 14, 2006

session one: Reformation I
session two: Reformation II
session three: Anglicanism
session four: Episcopalianism
The Rev. Harry and Mrs. Dorothy Walrath

Year Three: First Term -- Biblical Forms I

March 14 - April 4, 2006

session one: myth and legend
session two: debate, fiction, songs
session three: What is a Gospel? infancy narratives
session four: miracle stories
The Rev. Jim Edwards

Second Term -- Biblical Forms II
May 2 - 23, 2006

session one: parables
session two: allegory
session three: letters, revelation
session four: midrash
The Rev. Jim Edwards

Third Term -- Mission and Ministry
November 21 - December 12, 2006

session one: mission through history
session two: mission today
session three: other religious traditions --
session four: other religious traditions -- Judaism/Islam

Fourth Term -- Ethics and Morality

January 9 - 30, 2007

session one: What is ethics, our Anglican past?
session two: sin, character and conscience
session three: place of love/ sexuality
session four: justice, ecology, etc.