The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Congregational Life

Word To Your Mother Talks About Privilege

W2YM is a group of busy, busy moms who gather to discuss secular and religious books throughout the year. Our next read is Amy Julia Becker’s White Picket Fences: Turning Towards Love in a World Divided by Privilege, which we’ll discuss the evening of Tuesday, June 16. The book is available at Becker writes: “I have been given much that I do not deserve, and my very real social privilege has cut me off from others as much as it has also made my life comfortable. But social privilege is not the end of my story. The real privilege of my life has come in learning what it means to love others, that love involves suffering and sacrifice and sleepless nights and tears and heartache and great gifts.” If you’re wondering how to engage in an honest and imperfect conversation about race, mindful of our responsibility as parents to teach our children a better way, contact Canon Lauren Holder,

Smart Driver Course for Older Drivers

AARP is once again offering its Smart Driver course at the Cathedral, Wednesday, February 12. The course is a six-hour refresher aimed at motorists 50 years old and older. Some of the objectives of the class include understanding the effects of aging on driving; learning driving strategies that take into account the changes we experience as we age; and a number of other topics designed to make you a safer driver. At the completion of the class, you may be eligible to receive a discount on your automobile insurance policy.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Spain

A pilgrimage-study week in Avila, Spain, based on the life and writings of St. John of the Cross will be led May 4-13 by the Rev. Isaías Rodríguez, the Diocese of Atlanta’s canon for Hispanic ministries. Pilgrims will be based at the Carmelite International Center of Teresian and Sanjaunistic Studies in Avila. Visits to holy places in the lives of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila are planned. All talks will be in English. To obtain a brochure and for more information, contact Canon Rodriguez, or 404-707-1217.

The Gathering 2020

The Cathedral of St. Philip is only as fabulous as the people who create our community and make it sacred. Following Evensong on Sunday, January 12, we want to give thanks for our LGBTQ community. January 12 is the feast day St. Aelred of Rievaulx, whose theological writings both shaped the church and lifted up the beauty of same-sex relationships. Join us in giving thanks for our gay friends! All are welcome. Gay, straight, questioning—just come as the fullest expression of who God created you to be. Contact Canon Lauren Holder, or 404-365-1036, with any questions.

One Day Cultural Competence Workshop

The Cathedral is hosting a workshop presented by One Small Change, Inc. on Friday, September 20, from 10 a m. – 3 p.m. These one-day Cultural Competence workshops are designed to create dialogue and introduce “foundational” concepts for how one person can make a positive difference. We address topics such as prejudice, implicit and explicit bias, poverty, privilege, the impact of stereotypes, microaggressions, and the role of expectation. We will cover different topics using a variety of media film clips and resources, large and small group activity, and home and pre-work assignments.  The One Small Change facilitators emphasize strengths and dialogue, which make this training a positive and effective learning environment. Participants will learn to develop and practice skills that will help them navigate and create sustainable effective change and match their services to the communities in which they serve. There is no charge for this training, but space is limited so register soon. Contact Jeannie Mahood,, with any questions.

The Good Books and Preachers and Leaders

As part of the Cathedral Art Committee’s rotating exhibitions in the Atrium, we are honored to present two loaned exhibitions from the Donna and Jim Philips collection. The theme of their collection Preachers and Leaders captures a wide range of hope, love, and forgiveness through the lens of some of our most important photographs of the 20th century. Within the exhibition, images of Civil Rights marches, baptismal scenes, and Sunday morning rituals come alive. One begins to examine everyone’s role within their faith, not only as a participant but as a leader within their community. Iconic portraits of key figures, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Schweitzer and Billy Graham, stand side by side with devout believers, emphasizing everyone’s greater role.