St. John’s is committed to a vigorous and diverse educational program, augmenting and enriching its sacramental life.
Adult educational fora relating to Church history, the biblical interpretation, liturgy and religious philosophy are held following the 10 a.m.service on a periodic but regular basis.
Recent fora have included
"John Donne: Poet, Preacher and Priest," led by Richard Reese, parishioner and student of Donne's life and work.
A month long "Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible"
- "The Language and History of the King James Bible - The Poetry and the Process"
- "The Politics of the King James Bible - What Were the Issues and Why?"
- "The Theology of the King James Bible - Kingship and Authority"
"Augustine, the Roots of his Theology," led by Richard Reese.
"Art of the Incarnation," presented by Veronique Dulack, parishioner and professor of Art History.
A guided discussion of T.S. Eliot’s masterpiece, “The Waste Land” led by Richard Reese, who described the poem as, first and foremost, a Christian Apologia.
Fora are also presented from time to time on interfaith issues, often in collaboration with other faith based institutions. In 2012 the First Congregational Church of Washington, the Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life and St. John’s Episcopal Church sponsored a public lecture which featured Dr. Homayra Ziad speaking on "Islam in America."
More recently the same three organizations came together to sponsor an interfaith panel discussion entitled “One God, Three Paths: How Different Are We?” that featured clergy of the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The public was invited to discover the differences and similarities of the beliefs and practices of these three major world religions. Panelists included Imam Dr. Kareem Adeeb from the American Institute for Islamic & Arabic Studies; the Reverend Cheryl Anderson from the First Congregational Church of Washington; Rabbi Natan Margalit from the Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life, and the Reverend Susan McCone, Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Building on these recent interfaith discussions, St. John’s held a public screening of “Where Do We Go Now?” which tells the story of a remote, isolated unnamed Lebanese village inhabited by both Muslims and Christians. The village is surrounded by land mines and only reachable by a small bridge. As civil strife engulfed the country, the women in the village learn of this fact and try, by various means and to varying success, to keep their men in the dark, sabotaging the village radio, then destroying the village television.
It is hoped that such “movie nights” will become a regular part of Adult Christian Education at St. John’s."