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Religion

November 1, 2013

Educational ministries at St. Stephen’s gets new director

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Four adult classes on Sunday mornings present a variety of topics. The Theology of Welcome class looks at basic theological understandings.

The class was originally created for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people who were drawn to the church because of its welcoming stance. The course has morphed into a setting for all seeking an introduction to St. Stephen’s.

The Seekers course focuses on in-depth theological questions. A current study called “Painting the Stars” looks at science and religion.

The Challenges and Choices class studies contemporary issues taking place locally, nationally or worldwide. Outside speakers often present a topic.

The fourth class, Listening for God, has a theme of prayer and spirituality.

Each fall and spring, St. Stephen’s offers weekday evening classes on a variety of topics. Roundtable events are offered at different times throughout the year as well, often featuring speakers from different faiths.

Activities outside the church walls, such as an initiative in which church members mentor people who are searching for employment, also fall under the mission of Christian education.

Floyd oversees youth and children’s activities as well, giving her an opportunity to create intergenerational themes.

“An important part of Christian education is to look at what we’re offering people throughout their life spans,” she said.

Floyd is following in the footsteps of Kay Antinoro, who served in that capacity at St. Stephen’s for 33 years before retiring earlier this year. Floyd said she has big shoes to fill but is pleased to be at a place where education is highly valued and all are welcome to participate.

Floyd is the daughter of a minister and is bringing her own approach to Christian education.

The Rev. Amy Venable, senior pastor at St. Stephen’s, said Floyd brings a wonderful blend of leadership, theological knowledge and imagination to the position.

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