One of the key strengths of the Episcopal Church is the invitation to wrestle genuinely with our faith. We value honest exploration and debate, and believe that delving deeper into the tradition and into our questions is vital to living out our faith. We do not presume to all think alike. In fact, we embrace learning in a diverse community as a wonderful and gracious gift. All are welcome to join in.


Scriptures in Life and Art

For Episcopalians, the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, church tradition, and reason have all formed our conversation about God and shaped our theology. This class, led by J.B. Cross, examines how Episcopalians talk about life and God and how God speaks to us through the lens of each Sunday’s lectionary texts. Dr. Floyd Martin, Professor of Art History at UALR, examines each week’s lectionary through works of painting, sculpture, and architecture, both traditional and modern, as a part of each Sunday’s study. For additional information, contact J.B. Cross or Floyd Martin. This class meets at 9:15 a.m. in the Bishop’s Room.

Sunday Forum Class

Join in regular book studies, topical discussions, and presentations every Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in Parke Hall. All are welcome. For more information contact The Rev. Ragan Sutterfield.

Tuesday Bible Study

Each Tuesday members of Christ Church and the downtown community gather to study the bible. We focus on various books of the bible over the course of several weeks and seek to explore the historical and cultural realities behind the text. From this deep study we also reflect on how the scriptures continue to speak to our community and lives.  For more information about our current study contact the Rev. Ragan Sutterfield.

Christian Foundations

This is a six-week course in which we explore the Anglican expression of Christianity through scripture, history, sacraments, etc. We offer the course in the fall and in the spring. The course fulfills the requirement for Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows in the spring, though everyone is welcome to join in the discussions. There is no fee, but registration is required. Contact The Rev. Kate Alexander for more information.

Education For Ministry (EfM)

Education for Ministry is a certificate program in theological education developed by The University of the South that helps its participants discover and nurture their call to Christian service. This program is designed as a series of four, one-year courses that explore Biblical text, Christian history, and theological perspective in a seminar group format. The group with a maximum of twelve participants meets weekly from September through May and includes study, theological reflection, and worship. A mentor leads discussion of the materials and reflection on how each participant sees God active in their daily lives. Tuition is $375 per year with partial scholarships available. If you want to find out more about the course, visit with Joan Beetstra or visit EfM at Sewanee.

Online Lessons

Below you will find a series of Christian education course material designed by J.B. Cross for you to read over the internet when it fits your schedule and in the comfort of your home. Check back from time to time as more topics will be added.