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New classes starting Sept. 17, 2015 :
Fr. David Anderson: "I'm looking forward to beginning our fall series on Thursday, Sept. 17. I've decided this season to continue our Church History and the Fathers series, since we ended in the spring of 2014 with the 7th century and St. Maximus the Confessor. We will attempt to cover in this series the 8th and 9th centuries; this includes the period of iconoclasm, the seven Ecumenical Councils, the increasing tensions between East and West, more and more of the Church living under Islamic rule (this will enable us to further discuss aspects of Islam that we covered only briefly this past spring), and the great figure of St. John of Damascus, who traditionally brings the Patristic Age to an end.
For our textbook we'll use "Greek East and Latin West" by Andrew Louth.
The best and cheapest source for this book is St. Vladimir's Seminary Press here .
This book is a continuation of the series we were using previously".
Donations: $250 recommended for the Fall / Winter session (11 classes)
(but no one will be turned away for lack of funds; but if you can afford to give more, please do so! we will be most grateful).
Bring checks to class, write them to "St Peter Eastern Catholic Mission" (Ukiah).
We invite everyone to come by for a free class visit.
For more information, email Mary Ann at : firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 415 454-0979 or call Paul at 415-385-1720
Fr. David Anderson is pastor of St. Peter Eastern Catholic Church Ukiah
(190 Orr Street, Ukiah, CA 95482, tel: 707 468-4348)
a Mission of the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy.
Fr. David is a terrific teacher, a Scripture scholar, very familiar with both the East & West wings of the Church,
and he is also a wonderful story teller.
Come to the class and deepen your faith in the process!
In the Fall of 2014 and the Spring of 2015, the classes were on World Religions, using the following books "The world's religions" by Huston Smith and "The Catholic Church and the World Religions by Gavin D'Costa.
In 2013 and 2013, the classes were on the Fathers of the Church.
Last class was: "Fire Within" Saint Theresa of Avila & Saint John of the Cross from January 20, 2011 to April 28, 2011.
The previous class (in 2009, 2010) was
on "John Henry Newman". In an effort to document
Fr. David's class, I have posted my notes of the class:
(I also put them on facebook: here). Then another student sent me her notes and another one gave me his tape of the class and I'm adding them all on the same page.
Fr. David is a terrific teacher, a scholar, with a very sound knowledge of the Fathers of the Church (East and West) and with a wonderful love of the Liturgy. His classes are always educational and inspirational, formative and challenging! Come check it out.
In the couple of years previous to this,
we studied The Letters of Saint Paul (2007, 2008): Thessalonians;
Galatians; Corinthians; Collossians; Ephesians; Phillipians; Titus; Romans,
Hebrews. We also studied Saint John The Book of Revelation using
the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible.
Before this, we studied: Biblical Theology in the Old Testament (2005, 2006);
The Economy of Salvation: World Religions (2004);
Introduction to the Church Fathers (2002, 2003);
Expressions of Prayers in the East and the West (2001, 2002);
and the History of the Liturgy (but I don't remember the exact date of the class);
and there was also one class on C. S. Lewis.
To find out more about Fr. David
please see this article "Living the Joy of the Liturgy" in the "National Catholic Register"
St. Peter Eastern Catholic Mission offers nothing to attract the worldly eye. There's a small parking lot, a field of weeds, and a nondescript white-stucco building that could use a fresh coat of paint. The only outward sign to mark the latter as a church is a small golden rooftop Byzantine cross. And yet, inside this little church, the feeling is always of having stepped into another dimension. Sunlight streams through the east window. Joyful psalmody fills the air. Breathtakingly beautiful liturgy can last three to four hours"... Read more here .
Read also this article in the California Catholic Daily "Churches Worth Driving To: St. Peter Eastern Catholic Church, Ukiah" here
"Fr. David Anderson: Baptism, Sacrament of the New Creation" here
"Fr. David Anderson gives a scriptural and eastern theological study of the Eucharist" here
On Saturday August 28, 2010 (on St. Augustine Feast
day) at St. Sebastian Church in Marin County: The Divine Liturgy,
lunch and a Talk on Saint Augustine by Fr. David
On Saturday July