The term “Christian formation”differs somewhat from the older and more common term “Christian education”. Traditional Christian Education has been primarily programmatic in character. The responsibilities had to do with reviewing and buying curricula, recruiting teachers, and scheduling events for assorted age groups. By contrast, the Christian formation approach is based on an understanding that each one of us, as well as our parish as a whole, is engaged in a lifelong process of learning, reflection, and change. It asks “what resources, events, and experiences support and encourage that process?”
With this question in mind, Saint David’s tries to schedule a variety of events and discussions for its members and for the community at large. This has included confirmation preparation and children’s Christian education when needed, and the maintenance of a small library. It has also included, or will include, book and study groups, guest speakers, meeting with members of different religions to better understand their faiths, and symposia on “end of life” planning.