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Christian education for adults draws on the resources of our parish and our community to provide a stimulating and informative program of reflection and learning. We seek to provide grounding in the basics of our faith and to reflect on the meaning of these basics for our lives today.


Upcoming Adult Forums

  • April 29: They Are Like Trees Planted by Streams of Water: The Episcopal Church in Alexandria in the Early 1800s. As we continue to celebrate our Sure Foundation Year, we welcome Mrs. Julia Randle, Registrar and Historiographer of the Diocese of Virginia. In this forum, Mrs. Randle will explore the state of the post-revolutionary church in Virginia and discuss how St. Paul’s and neighboring Alexandria parishes were part of the rebirth of the Episcopal Church in Virginia.
  • May 6 & 13: Portraits of Jesus in Fiction. When a Nobel laureate (Jose Saramago) sets out to demolish the Christian faith, why is his book so deeply moving it will break your heart — a poetic masterpiece? What happens when a popular writer of vampire stories (Anne Rice) turns her hand to the Gospel story? Can a combative public intellectual and author of a famous war novel (Norman Mailer) offer an intriguing and original theological portrait of Jesus? How did it happen that a great literary classic was made into everybody's least favorite Jesus movie (The Last Temptation)? Which Jesus book will you take to the beach this summer? Find out with our parish associate, the Rev. George Caldwell.


Weekday Bible Study

This group meets Mondays at 11:00 a.m. on the third floor of Wilmer Hall during the program year (September - May).
Questions? Contact Allen Stuhl - (703) 451-3474


Adult Forums

St. Paul's offers Adult Forums at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday, featuring notable speakers and a wide variety of engaging topics. Come listen, learn, and ask questions. Listen to recordings of previous forums here.
Questions? Contact the Rev. George Caldwell 


Adult Inquirers' Class

New to St. Paul's or the Episcopal Church, or just want to further explore your faith? Then the St. Paul's Inquirers' Class is for you. The six-week session meets during Lent, Sundays at noon. All are welcome, particularly adults seeking confirmation, reception, or reaffirmation of baptismal vows. Register for the Lent 2018 session (Feb. 25 - Mar. 25) here.
Questions? Contact the Rev. Alyse Viggiano - (703) 549-3312 x19


Faith Seeking Understanding

St. Paul’s adult education offering Faith Seeking Understanding is a 7-week course that helps us ask questions of faith, seek God, and build friendships. Find out more about the program here.
Questions? Contact the Rev. Alyse Viggiano at (703) 549-3312 x19


St. Paul's Book Club

This group meets on the third Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise noted) during the program year to discuss a pre-selected book. 
Questions? Contact the Rev. Dr. Rosemary Beales


The Pious Pint

This group meets the first Sunday of every other month 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


Benjamin H. Latrobe Lecture Series

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.

The St. Paul’s Foundation Board of Trustees invites you to the 2017 Benjamin H. Latrobe Lecture. This year’s speaker, Craig A. Reynolds, Ph.D., will discuss “Architectural Allies: Jefferson and Latrobe in Washington.” For over a decade, Dr. Reynolds has researched, published, and lectured widely on Jefferson’s legacy in art and architecture. Join us in the sanctuary on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. RSVP to


Martha J. Horne Lecture Series

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.

Dr. Zeyneb Sayilgan, Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Theology and Religious Pluralism at VTS, will be the first Muslim to deliver our annual Martha Horne Lecture — Sunday, January 28 at 10 a.m. in Norton Hall. Her presentation is entitled, “The First Muslim Refugees in the Christian Kingdom of Abyssinia: Implications for Christian-Muslim Relations Today.”