Every fall and spring, St. Alban's Episcopal Church hosts a series of study sessions described by Rev. Marshall Crossnoe as its adult Christian education program.
This September, the church drew the inspiration for its Welcome to the World study series from the 2012 Westminster Symposium, Religious Experience in Global Society.
"In conversations with the leadership team, we thought it would be a good time to coordinate our studies with the symposium, something we thought would be timely," Crossnoe said. "A lot of our parishioners are either active or retired Westminster and William Woods faculty ... they want to study something like that. We just took a slightly different spin.
"Where the symposium asked questions on religion in the global community, we're asking what being a Christian means in the global community in the 21st century."
Church members already have had lectures and discussions on the history of the church and the ecumenical challenge and on Episcopal-Lutheran partnerships in worship and ministry. Next up are discussions of religious experience in global society and energizing the next generation.
"One of the things that I have liked talking about is the ecumenical challenge of different Christian religions finding ways to come together and spending more time thinking about things we have in common and that we agree on, and also becoming more aware of that and issues globally that we can be working together to attend to," said St. Alban's member Jane Forsythe, wife of Westminster President Barney Forsythe.