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A Word from the Director
As I write this, our three Charles Simeon Fellows (Todd Rankin, David Zamora, and Adam Gadomski) have completed one-half of their time with us. I have been impressed with their seriousness and dedication and I trust that we are sending them back to their respective seminaries with greater vocational clarity and with a deeper understanding of parish ministry. As the summer moves toward a conclusion, I want to offer some thoughts on two subjects:
As you may know, June is the month in which the Charles Simeon Institute is allowed to do fundraising. Fundraising is important to us because only about 32% of our budget comes from St. Peter’s. On the evening of June 14, we invited the entire parish to a Summer Reception, in order to meet the Charles Simeon Fellows and our Curate, Daniel Behrens.
It was a wonderful evening! We gathered in the narthex of the cathedral and enjoyed a time of fellowship, along with some refreshing sangria and an array of summer appetizers. After this, we assembled in the nave of the cathedral to hear Todd, David, Adam, and Daniel talk about their experiences. Joshua Eller, Curacy Program Administrator, described how he and Ken Mayo have worked with each curate to create a personal development program. Bob McClure, president of our Board of Advisors, spoke on the importance of supporting the ministry of the Institute.
Our Board of Advisors set our fundraising goal at $41,000.00 for the next fiscal year (November 1, 2018 — October 31, 2019). I am happy to be to be able to report that we met our goal! I would like to thank all of you, who made gifts or pledges to the Institute, for making this year’s campaign a successful one!
Some of you have asked about what is next for the Institute. While we have accomplished a great deal, more work needs to be done. It is my hope that, in the near future, we would be in a position that would enable us to offer grants to parishes in the Gulf Atlantic Diocese [GAD] that would enable them to establish a summer intern program. If we were able to raise an additional $15,000.00 next year, we could offer three grants for this purpose and multiply the benefits of a summer internship for seminary students. I would also like to establish a second Curacy (a year-long internship) which would be a joint venture between St. Peter’s and another Anglican parish in the Tallahassee Deanery. For this, we would need between $15,000.00 and $20,000.00.
While we are on the subject of the future, I hope that you will take a look at the classes which the Charles Simeon Lay School of Theology is offering this fall. You will find class descriptions in this issue.
Michael W. Petty,
Canon for Adult Formation
Director of the Charles Simeon Institute
We design the Charles Simeon Institute Summer Reception to showcase the purpose and activities of the Institute to the parish. The June 2018 event was a lovely success, as you may view in the photos below. We are grateful to the following Board members who helped to plan or who assisted with the event:
Amy and Chris Hart
Mary Pat Moore
Ashley and Mark Trafton
We also thank the Hospitality Committee members, who assisted from set-up through clean-up:
Elaine Ford and Susan Cutchins, Co-Chairs
Sharon and Rob Allen
Angie and Eddie Hendry
Associate Director of the Charles Simeon Institute
I have accepted an invitation to serve for two years as a Missionary Curate with Trinity on the Border, an Anglican chapel and outreach ministry on the South Texas/Mexico border. Rebekah and I considered many different possibilities for our next call. In the process, we recognized our desire to bring into the Church those who are far from home.
Trinity on the Border will provide opportunities for us to care for hurting people: I will teach English classes to, share meals with, and lead prayer services for people from all over the world who are in the legal process of seeking a home in the United States.
We do not have answers to the national debate about immigration policy but we do want to be part of the Church’s care for hurting people -- be they immigrants or border patrol agents. God willing, we will be able to help the current missionaries at Trinity on the Border to establish an Anglican parish in this hurting and spiritually hungry part of the world.
We have received pledges that will provide almost one-half of our financial support but we need additional people to partner with us, to enable us to be in ministry full-time.
Rebekah and I are regularly mindful of how St. Peter’s and the Charles Simeon Institute have invested in us during these past two years and have equipped us for our future in ordained ministry. Thank you for caring for us and sending us into the harvest!
Todd Rankin Adam Gadowski David Zamora
My first experience in coordinating and spending time with our CSI Fellows has been an exciting one, due in large part to the quality and character of the Fellows themselves. As you most likely know, from reading the June “Keys” or from attending our CSI Summer Reception, they are: Todd Rankin, from Duke Divinity School, and Adam Gadowski and David Zamora, both from Trinity School for Ministry. Individually, they are smart, grounded in sound theology, blessed with various talents and gifts, great conversationalists, and are fun to be with, too. They also enjoy working together as they navigate St. Peter’s in their rotations, classes, and serving responsibilities.
Associate Director of the Charles Simeon Institute
The Charles Simeon Lay School of Theology designs and offers seminary quality classes especially for laypersons. During the fall and spring semesters, we offer classes in the areas of Scripture, theology, spirituality, and contemporary issues. The classes are available for free to any interested person. Each class includes three sessions, meets on three Saturday dates [see above] and meets for two and one-half hours.
Living in the Presence of God in Everyday Life: Christian Disciplines for Disciples
Led by Dr. Jeff Trostle
The design of this class is an introductory workshop on cultivating life in the Spirit. Participants will explore ways to shape their inner being after God’s own heart, using classical spiritual disciplines. Through such disciplines as prayer, meditation, silence, and reading Scripture, participants will learn how to increasingly open their lives to God’s presence and action. The textbook for this class is Richard Foster’s book, The Celebration of Discipline, which is available in St. Peter’s Bookstore.
The Living God Speaks: Learning to Listen for God’s Guidance Led by the Rev. Dr. Sudduth Cummings
We all get lots of advice — from advertisements, self-help books, friends, and family. But who is our best guide? It is God himself! There are proven ways to “hear” God speak through Scripture, the Church, and the Holy Spirit. This class will explore how we can open ourselves to God’s voice.
Reading the Gospels for Spiritual Nourishment: The Life of Jesus and the Christian Life
Led by the Rev. Dr. Michael Petty
The Gospels were written not merely to provide information about Jesus but to testify to him and to enable readers to have a living connection with him. This class will explore how reading the Gospels prayerfully, theologically, and attentively can provide us with nourishment, help us to see our lives in a new way, and enable us to lead transformed lives. The class will focus on the first two volumes of Joseph Ratzinger’s three-volume masterpiece, Jesus of Nazareth. Copies of volumes 1 and 2 of Jesus of Nazareth will be available in St. Peter’s Bookstore.
Reflections from a Lay School of Theology Student
I have been a Christian my whole life and, at certain periods, have met some good mentors in the faith. However, I have learned more and grown more under the influence of Fr. Michael Petty and the Lay School of Theology, during the past three years, than I have for the entire rest of my life. Christianity is more real to me, my daily devotions are more meaningful, and I feel a closer communication with my Creator. My only regret is that this treasure of experience is not available to all people, as they enter into their Christian growth.