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 Vicar George Maxwell, 404-365-1088, if you have questions about adult education. 

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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!

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

Join us each Sunday morning in July to hear a presentation by, or about, one of our many cathedral Outreach partners. Our relationships with these partners help us to reach out in love to others, build community, “seek the welfare of the city” (Jeremiah 29:7), and engage in the ministry of reconciliation and restoration with some of our most vulnerable neighbors. 

Join Rick Tyler, David Rocchio, and others on July 21 to learn more about one of the parish’s most vital, life changing Outreach ministries: the Cathedral Scholars program. Cathedral Scholars offers significant financial, vocational, social, and spiritual support to individuals from this community and beyond seeking to further their education at a college, university, or trade school.  Each of our 18 Scholars has a unique story of hope, hard work, and perseverance to tell. This presentation will include some of these stories as well as information about how you can assist more young people in pursuing their dreams.

Living Faith
10:10 a.m., in Room 239

Join us we explore what it means to live out our faith through conversation with scripture and tradition, contemporary books, and, most important, one another. All are welcome! 

Beginning Sunday, June 2 and continuing throughout the summer, we’ll be discussing Matthew Desmond’s acclaimed book Poverty, by America. Responding to the question of why, in the world’s wealthiest country, almost 38 million Americans live with chronic financial insecurity, the author builds a “startlingly original and ambitious case” for ending poverty, calling each of us to become a “poverty abolitionist.” This class will be led by the Rev. Julia Mitchener, Canon for Mission, and Holly York, Vice President of Development for MUST Ministries. 


Young Professionals Formation Hour: Episcopal 101
10:10 a.m., in Room 368

Young Professionals classes will resume in the fall. 

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

Open to beginners, this class includes long-term members who translate using grammar aids, lexicons and commentaries, enjoying how the Greek text reveals nuance and depth in scripture.


First-time visitors can drop-in and need no previous knowledge of Greek. Newcomer classes begin with alphabet and pronunciation practice prior to translation. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith, 404-365-1093.





Adult Education During the Week


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.



Bible Study at the Towers (11:00 a.m–11:45 a.m.)

Looking for a drop-in Bible study this summer? All are welcome to join us in the library at Cathedral Towers on Thursday mornings at 11 a.m. The Rev. Canon Julia Mitchener leads the Bible study with a focus on the upcoming Sunday lectionary readings. Note: You do not need to be a Towers resident to participate! Simply check in at the front desk when you arrive, and you’ll find a warm welcome. 

Monthly Group

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 Canon Cathy Zappa, 404-365-1043.