Spiritual formation at St. Paul’s encourages, develops, and supports disciples for ministry in the world. Below are opportunities to deepen your faith, explore God’s Word, and engage in enlightening discussions with fellow parishioners.
The Forum – Sunday mornings at 10 am in Norton Hall
Grab a cup of coffee and gather with others as we hear from
notable speakers on range of engaging topics at the intersection of faith and
daily life. Come listen, learn, and ask questions. Forums are also recorded and
posted to St. Paul’s YouTube channel for later viewing.
You can view recordings of most past Adult Forums on the St. Paul's YouTube channel. Click the link below to access.
Annual Lecture Series
Each year, we welcome celebrated speakers to honor the legacy of three important figures in St. Paul’s history.
Bishop Mark Dyer Lecture
This annual lecture was established by the Vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in 2017, to remember and honor the life and witness of Bishop Mark Dyer. Bishop Dyer was the Bishop of the Diocese of Bethlehem, leader in the worldwide Anglican Communion, professor of theology at VTS, and parish associate at St. Paul's.
Benjamin H. Latrobe Lecture
Each year, St. Paul’s hosts a lecture honoring the legacy of architect Benjamin H. Latrobe. Latrobe played a significant role in the design of St. Paul’s Church, which was completed in 1818. Since that time it has been modified, expanded, and renovated, always preserving the basic integrity of Latrobe’s design. The annual lecture typically features an acclaimed church architect and takes place in mid-winter.
Martha J. Horne Lecture
The Martha J. Horne Lectures were established to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions that Dean Horne has made to the education and formation of many women and men for service in the Church. Her efforts to prepare students have been significant and far-reaching. These lectures strive to honor the commitment she made to the Virginia Theological Seminary during her 13 years as Dean and President and to St. Paul’s through her long-standing ministry as a Parish Associate. The lecture typically takes place in late winter.
This group meets the third Sunday of every month (during the program year) following the 5 p.m. service for conversation about the intersections of faith and daily life.
Questions? Contact the Rev. Alyse Viggiano – 703-549-3312 x19
Special Formation Events
Inquirers and Newcomers Classes:
This 4-week series will explore the foundations of our Christian faith and practice, designed for those new to St. Paul's and for long-time parishioners who want to re-engage their faith and learn more about what it means to be Episcopalian. Each year St. Paul’s clergy team considers fundamentals of faith with an eye to an undergirding theme. This year we consider “why church is good for us.”
Saturday, February 24; 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Sunday, March 3; 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
St. Paul’s Center for Spiritual Direction, established in September 2016, serves as an extension of our pastoral ministry and as a resource for spiritual guidance to the parish and to the larger community. To be paired with a spiritual director, contact any of the directors directly or complete the form below. We recommend three sessions with a director to discern if it is the ri…Read More »