The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA


As Christians, we spend our entire lives, from baptism to death, becoming disciples of Christ and growing in faith. As Episcopalians, this process of formation is shaped, in particular, by our liturgy and life together. Therefore, so are our education programs. The Cathedral offers programs for all ages and kinds of learners. These programs are intended to equip us for ministry and to foster spiritual growth through meaningful participation in and reflection on our common prayer, community, sacred stories, and mission. Contact Canon Lauren Holder, 404-365-1036, if you have questions about adult education.  

Children's ministries     Youth ministries

Sunday School for Adults

Old Fashioned Sunday School
10:10 a.m., in Child Hall

Old Fashioned Sunday School meets every Sunday at 10:10 a.m. to discuss topics of general interest to the Cathedral community. All are welcome. You will find a light heart, warm welcome, and good coffee!

This year the class will focus on the purpose of church or, if you will, why we do what we do when we come to church. The title of the first series is “The Point of the Liturgy (or Why You Don’t Need to Check Your Mind at the Door When You Come to Church).” This series will talk about the powerful role that cultural liturgies, both sacred and secular, play in shaping how we see the world and live our lives. The second series will prepare for Bishop Beckwith’s visit in February by talking about his book Seeing the Unseen: Beyond Prejudices, Paradigms and Party Lines. The Lenten series will look at funerals and how hope helps us make sense of suffering. Finally, the Easter series will focus on the psychological dimensions of faith and how they might help us to live into the idea of resurrection now. It’s going to be fun and will help you use your faith to find meaning in your daily life. This class meets in Child Hall, and recordings are available online after Sunday on the OFSS page. For more information, contact Canon George Maxwell,


Living Faith
10:10 a.m., in the Chapter Room (319)

Join us as we explore what it means to live out our faith through conversation with scripture and tradition, contemporary books, and one another.

Speaker Series: January 22–March 26

Jesus tells us that the first and greatest commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. But what about when our hearts are broken, our souls are crushed, and our minds are scattered? Come learn why caring for your heart, soul and mind is integral to a life of faith. 

All are welcome to this engaging and conversational class! For more information, contact Canon Cathy Zappa, or Canon Lauren Holder, 

Living Faith: Speaker Series Calendar


Young Professionals Coffee and Conversations
10:10 a.m., in the Walthour Library

The Young Professionals' Group will gather in Walthour Library using conversation cards to inspire Christian discussions on scripture, faith and life. All are welcome to come join in the conversations! No advance preparation required. We hope to see you there!


Body and Soul: Men's Health and Spirituality
1:00 p.m., monthly, Walthour Library and on Zoom

Meeting ID: 883 9075 7068
Passcode: 300582

A men's group for discussion of various men's health issues and spirituality. The meetings will be at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays and available in person and via Zoom. If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact the Rev. Deacon Juan Sandoval at or 404-365-1095.


Enjoy Biblical Greek
1:15 p.m., Room 239 and on Zoom

This newcomer-friendly class is open to beginners, while including long-term members who enjoy exchanging tips, best learning practices, and coaching points on how to translate the Greek New Testament. The goal is enhanced Bible study, not language mastery. 

Cost-free, online resources are provided, in addition to traditional grammar aids, lexicons and commentaries, that yield immense satisfaction in discovering how the Greek text reveals nuance and depth in scripture. 

Provided on a drop-in basis, first-time visitors need no previous knowledge of Greek. Classes typically begin with reciting the alphabet, pronunciation practice, and accessible grammar instruction prior to a half-hour or so of collaborative, rewarding translation. 

Please contact the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith,, for more information, or visit the Greek class page for resources. 


Weekday Bible Studies


The Dean's Men's Bible Study (7–8 a.m.)

This group meets every Tuesday morning in the Chapter Room, September through May, to read and study scripture, to share faith stories, and to support each other in prayer. Sam Candler, the Dean of the Cathedral, usually leads the group; all men are invited, whether Cathedral members or not. Contact Jeannie Mahood,, for more information.

Early Morning Women's Bible Study (7–8 a.m.)

All women are welcome to this group led by Canon Lauren Holder; drop in when you can. Contact Canon Holder,, for more information.



The Dean's Women's Bible Study (10:45–11:45 a.m.)

This group meets Wednesday mornings in the Chapter Room, September through May, to read and study scripture, to share faith stories, and to support each other in prayer. Dean Candler usually leads the group and coffee is available. All women are invited, whether Cathedral members or not. Contact Jeannie Mahood,, for more information.

Eat Your Word Bible Study (noon–1 p.m.)

All are welcome to this weekly Bible study, led by Canon Cathy Zappa in Room 239. Please bring your lunch and be ready for a lively conversation! Click here to join via Zoom.




Book Groups and Monthly Groups

Word to Your Mother

Meets Periodically

Canon Lauren Holder facilitates a periodic book study in Room 239, intentionally geared toward busy, busy moms. This group covers a range of topics, including parenting, marriage, women’s spirituality, faith at home, and friendship. While this group is specifically designed for moms, it is open to all women. 

Thursday Morning Men's Group

First Thursday of every month
8 – 9 a.m., Chapter Room

The Thursday morning men’s group meets on the first Thursday of every month (unless otherwise indicated) for breakfast, discussion, and fellowship. All men are welcome! Each session stands on its own, so come when your schedule permits. For more information, contact Canon George Maxwell at




EfM: Education for Ministry

Thursdays, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program of the School of Theology of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Participants commit only one academic year at a time, to participate in weekly, facilitated seminars that combine lesson discussion, theological reflection, worship, and community formation. Over the course of the four years, students study the Bible, church history, and theology, while reflecting on ministry and developing a wonderful spiritual community. A few spaces are available for an EfM class that begins January 5. For more information and registration procedures, contact Rick Tyler, 404- 375-6470, or Canon Cathy Zappa, 404-365-1043.