Adult Formation

Summer 2020 Adult Forum: Dream On, Joseph - The Joseph Saga in Genesis

Led by The Rev. Bruce Smith, Priest Associate, St. James, Columbus


Sundays – 11:45am* – via Zoom (of course)


To join using a computer or a smartphone/tablet device:

To join by phone, dial: (312) 626-6799, enter the meeting ID (998 7374 8969), followed by ##.


*Please note a change in schedule: the July 12th meeting will occur at 7:00 PM


Session 1 – Sunday, June 7, 2020

Introduction to the Joseph Saga in Genesis

Documents for this course can be found by clicking on these links:

Course Outline

Abraham’s Family Tree

Family Tree

Map of Ancient Israel

For next week, read Genesis 37-40: Joseph, the Slave


Session 2 – Sunday, June 14, 2020

Course Outline

Reflection Questions

Discuss Genesis 37-40:  Joseph, the Slave

For next week, read Genesis 41-45: Joseph & his Brothers in Egypt


Session 3 – Sunday, June 21, 2020

Course Outline

Discuss Genesis 41-45: Joseph & his Brothers in Egypt

For next week, read Genesis 46-50: Joseph & his Father


Session 4 – Sunday, June 28, 2020

Discuss Genesis 46-50: Joseph & his Father

For next week, read Matthew 1:18-2:23: Matthew’s Joseph & his Dreams

Course Outline

Map – The Exodus

Map – Israel in Canaan


No Class – Sunday, July 5, 2020

The Rev. Bruce Smith – 1st Sunday with Trinity Church, Newark, OH today


Session 5 – Sunday, July 12, 2020

Discuss Matthew 1:18 – 2:23: Matthew’s Joseph & his Dreams

Over the next week, reread the Joseph Saga – Genesis 37-50

Course Outline

Map – Palestine in New Testament


Session 6 – Sunday, July 19, 2020

Course Wrap-Up – What have we learned in this story about human nature? What have we learned about scriptural themes and images? What have we learned about the nature of God?

Course Outline

Adult Forums

Formation programs cover a wide variety of topics from Bible studies to church history to social justice. For the most current calendar consult our online Order of Service announcements HERE.

Reflecting back on Winter/Spring 2019: more about The Jesus Movement and The Way of Love.


Culture and Context


This seasonal offering takes place on Sunday afternoons or evenings, and includes the screening of films and documentaries related to timely issues across a large spectrum of subjects. Offerings have included World Religions, The Story of the Mormons, The British Monarchy at Work, Shadowlands, and the Life of C.S. Lewis.

Most recently we have looked at special original presentations: Paul’s Middle East Travel Log: “Holy Lands—Heavenly Foods”, “Children of Abraham”, and “Our Anglican Heritage” (each with ethnically appropriate foods), as well as “God in the Final Frontier: A Theology of Star Trek at 50″  (which featured an intergalactic menu), and “Monuments in Time: A Tour of America’s Presidential Libraries – and how they influence culture and faith.




Holy Land & Holy People

Middle East and U.K. Travel Log and World Religion Series

To watch Holy Places, Heavenly Foods I ISRAEL, click HERE.

To watch Holy Places, Heavenly Foods II: Egypt & Turkey click HERE.

To watch Holy Places, Heavenly Foods III: England click HERE.


To watch Part One: World Religions. Japan and Nepal, click HERE.

To watch Part Two: India click HERE.

To watch Part Three: China, Tibet & Cambodia click HERE.




Read the Episcopal Church’s Charter for Life-Long Christian Formation HERE.