S.A.M. (Saint Anne's Men) Friday Evening Study Group

The SAM Study Group is a group men at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
who meet weekly to study a book related to our life as Episcopalians.
 
We meet on Friday evenings from 7:00 pm to about 9:00 pm from early September through June. We normally do not meet during Christmas week, Holy Week, or when there are other conflicts with the parish calendar. Meetings may be cancelled due to bad weather conditions or when the likely member turnout will be too small (e.g., only 3 or 4 men).
 
We meet at Reed Owen’s business office in downtown Damascus atUxstorm, 9701 New Church Road, Unit A (in front). There is ample parking. 
 
Our first meeting this season will be on September 7, the first Friday after Labor Day. We will skip September 14 this year due to the parish organ concert, which meets at the same time. We will resume on September 21.
 
For this coming year, we will be using The Story of Christianity, Volume 2 – The Reformation to the Present Day. This is available through Amazon and there is a choice of electronic or paperback versions. 
 
We plan to spend the first two sessions on chapters 34 and 34 from last year’s book, so that the group can transition from last year’s book to the book noted above. A new comer will not need to have last year’s book, since we will put the relevant paragraphs up on the screen.
 
Since some of us are coming directly from work, some bring a sandwich or put in an order online with Steve Mullen via Evite for a slice or two from a local pizzeria. Those wish to have a beer or a glass of wine bring their own.
 
We usually devote from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm for studying from the book and from 8:00 pm to about 9:00 pm for socializing and discussing other topics of interest.
 
We operate as an informal group having a discussion of several specific questions, rather than as a formal class. Most of us will have read the chapter assigned. However, those who don’t should still come, as we will provide via email the set of questions, each preceded by a few sentences from the text pertinent to that question. 
 
When a question has been read and projected on a large screen, anyone who wants to share can state his belief or opinion on the question. Others follow by sharing their belief or opinion. We learn by hearing and pondering what others share. 
 
There is respect for everyone’s belief or opinion, and there is no attempt to prove someone else wrong. We are pilgrims in a church that respects people regardless of where they are on their journey with God.  
 
We show respect for others by listening to what they say and not having any side conversations. You are encouraged to share you thoughts, but no one has to speak. Usually, most of us have something to say.