Classes for Adults

Education and exploration are part of our mission and we offer a range of classes throughout the year. Take a class or attend a lecture or program with our diverse, open-minded community and see where it takes you!

Other opportunities include our Forum lecture series and thought-provoking sermons by our clergy and guest preachers, also available as podcasts on iTunes.

Our calendar page shows current offerings: book studies, spiritual practices, and preparation for baptism, confirmation or reception in the Episcopal Church.

Inhabiting Grace: Becoming a Christian at Grace Cathedral

Sundays, March 1 – 29, April 19 • 9:30 a.m.
What kind of Christianity does Grace Cathedral and the Episcopal Church believe and practice? Inhabiting Grace is an introduction to the basics of a way of life that is spiritual, practical, reasonable, mystical and in service to the community and world. Open to all who seek a deeper understanding of their faith or as preparation for adult baptism, confirmation, or reception into the Episcopal Church. Contact the Rev. Kristin Saylor.

Who Is Your Neighbor? Building Bridges Towards Inclusivity and Justice

Select Thursdays, January – May • 6:30 p.m.
In an increasingly divided city, how can we find common ground and reclaim civility? In 2020, we join our neighbors at GLIDE for a series of bridge-building conversations about systemic racism, poverty and climate change.

  • January 30 at Grace Cathedral
  • February 20 at GLIDE (330 Ellis Street, SF)
  • March 19 at Grace
  • April 23 at GLIDE
  • May 28 at Grace

Lenten Bible Study with the Dean

Mondays, March 2 – 30 • 7 pm
Join Dean Malcolm Clemens Young for a deep dive into the Scripture readings for the Sundays in Lent.

Bible Study

Thursdays 10 a.m.
Break open the Word with our absorbing and lively weekly Bible Study. No prior knowledge is needed; we invite you to join us in taking a deeper look into sacred scripture. Bible Study is led by cathedral clergy and experienced lay volunteers. We meet every Thursday except for holidays. Bibles are provided. All are welcome. For further information, contact Peter Grace.

4:30 Book Study Group

The 4:30 book study is now reading The Orthodox Way by Kallistos Ware beginning this Sunday, January 26 through March 8 in Wilsey A. There is no book study on February 9.

The 4:30 Book Study Group – an excellent opportunity for adult Christian education – has multiple study/discussion series during the year, each consisting of approximately 5 to 6 weeks. Past series have featured works by Marcus Borg and Dominic Crossan, Cynthia Bourgeault, Barbara Brown Taylor, C.S. Lewis, Rene Girard, Karen Armstrong, Ilia Delio, Howard Thurman and Richard Rohr. It is a self-led group, with members sharing weekly leadership and selecting new reading material. All sessions are welcome to new members, no prior commitment or knowledge required. For more information, email us.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

EfM is a group spiritual formation program which includes worship, spiritual reflection and study including the Old Testament, New Testament, church history and theology. The group meets Wednesdays, 6:30-9 p.m., September to May, with breaks at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Holy Week. New EfM groups start each September, with registration in July. The course is limited to 6 to 12 people each year. Registration for 2019-2020 has closed. Registration for September 2020 through May 2021 will be open in July 2020 during the free Summer Series, held July to August. For more information, email Roberta Sautter. Information about EfM is also available on the Diocese of California website.

Contact Information

Telephone: (415) 749-6300


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