The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Adult Education

Descriptions for all current classes can be found at stphilipscathedral.org/learn.

End of Life Decisions

The Cathedral’s pastoral care team will present a two-week session on “End of Life Decisions: Preparations for the Final Celebration of Life” on two Sunday mornings, May 7 and 14, at 10:10 a.m. in Walthour Library. Led by Canon Carolynne Williams and attorney Richard Perry, the class will look at issues relating to death and dying, funeral planning and financial planning. Attendees are encouraged to come to both sessions. To pre-register, please contact Jeannie Mahood, 404-365-1034.

Reimagining Charity and Service

Our adult series will explore the concepts of charity, service, and poverty; consider new paradigms relating to charity; and invite reflection on our own practices relating to these areas: what seems to be working, what doesn’t, and where do we go from here? The series will be led by Canon Cathy Zappa and others, with a special presentation on March 19 by Shawn Duncan. Shawn is a teacher, preacher, and community organizer, and is the director of training and education at Focused Community Strategies (FCS), an organization with almost 40 years of experience transforming underserved neighborhoods in Atlanta.

Adult Confirmation Class in the Dean’s Forum

Confirmation in the Episcopal Church is a “mature public affirmation of faith and commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism.” If you are new to the Episcopal Church or simply have a desire to find out more about the Church and this Cathedral parish, come learn with us this semester. This class is coordinated by Canon Wallace Marsh and taught in rotation by Dean Sam Candler and various Cathedral clergy, with occasional guest speakers.

End of Life Decisions

The Cathedral’s pastoral care team will present a two-week session on “End of Life Decisions: Preparations for the Final Celebration of Life” on two Sunday mornings, September 18 and 25, at 10:10 a.m. in Walthour Library. Led by Canon Todd Smelser and attorney Richard Perry, the class will look at issues relating to death and dying, funeral planning and financial planning. Attendees are encouraged to come to both sessions. To pre-register, please contact Jeannie Mahood, jmahood@stphilipscathedral.org or 404-365-1034.

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of the School of Theology of the University of the South. Participants commit one year at a time to meet weekly in seminars led by a mentor trained in studying the Bible, church history, and theology while also developing a wonderful community of members. There is a weekly lesson and study guide but no tests or papers to prepare. A few spaces are available for an EfM class that begins Tuesday, September 13. The class meets in the Lanier House on Tuesday nights, 7-9:30 p.m. For more information and enrollment forms, contact Rick Tyler, 404-375-6470, or Deirdra Glover, 770-865-2141.

Falling Upward: A Spiritual Reading Group

You will be thrilled to know that you can learn more by doing things wrong than by doing them right! Richard Rohr, the well-known spiritual writer, explores this mystery in his book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. Rohr suggests that the first half of life is about establishing our identity, but as we grow older, we need to find a way to see ourselves in a more life-giving way. We need to learn how to integrate the suffering, mistakes, and loss of control that we inevitably experience. And, it is here that we learn that falling down is a necessary part of the process of moving upward!

Antiques Show Beneficiary to Speak

Next Sunday, August 28, at 10:10 a.m., the Dean's Forum and Old Fashioned Sunday School will kick off the year in a combined class in Child Hall to hear from representatives from First Step Staffing, the beneficiary of the 2017 Cathedral Antiques Show. They will give a presentation on the causes of poverty and homelessness in Atlanta. First Step Staffing works to secure sustainable income for individuals transitioning from homelessness, regardless of their ability to work, because steady and sustainable income is the only permanent, reliable path out of homelessness.

Dean's Women's Bible Study - Summer 2016

This summer, the Dean's Women's Bible Study will read Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine. Levine is a professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is an engaging teacher and writer (you might have heard/seen her lecturing here in town or in one of the Great Courses series). The book offers fresh studies of parables we have all heard many times, seeking to show us how to hear these stories “through an imagined set of first-century Jewish ears” (as Jesus’ listeners would have heard them), and how to translate them so that they can be heard still speaking today.

Fall Class on “The Way of Prayer”

If you are interested in going deeper in prayer, with the support of a spiritual community, consider participating in our fall offering, “The Way of Prayer.” This 11-week course, facilitated by Cathedral member and long-time church educator Bonnie Lamberth, will combine the study and practice of prayer with group spiritual direction. The group will meet Wednesday mornings, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., from September 7 – November 16. For more information, email lamberthb@bellsouth.net.

Bill's Book Club

The BBC (Bill's Book Club) has been meeting the first Sunday of each month for the past year in Walthour Library beginning at 1 pm. You are invited to join us for the next meeting, Sunday, April 3, when we will discuss Richard Rohr's Falling Upward. This beautifully written little book is dense with wisdom on how to live the two halves of life. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch and something to drink. The Rev. Dr. Bill Harkins moderates. Come join us for lively conversation!

Dr. Abbas Barzegar to Speak on "Stewards of the Earth: Islamic Political Activism in the Modern Age" this Sunday

This Sunday, February 7, the Dean's Forum will host Old Fashioned Sunday School and their guest speaker, Dr. Abbas Barzegar, in Child Hall. Dr. Barzegar, who is a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, an Assistant Professor of Islam at Georgia State University, and co-director of the Civic Approaches to Conflict Resolution initiative, will give a special presentation on “Stewards of the Earth: Islamic Political Activism in the Modern Age.”

Fresh Voices for the Future: 2016 Lenten Series

Our Lenten program this year will feature five young, dynamic ordained priests of the Episcopal Church. We have asked each of them to talk about an expression of the Anglican tradition that drew them to the church, and how they see this part of the tradition speaking to the world in general. The speakers are wonderfully different from each other and have chosen topics that range from the Eucharist, to religious imagination, to social justice. Yet, there are some common themes.

Not in God's Name: A Conversation about Religious Violence

Religious extremism and violence are back in the news. Everyone seems to agree that religion and violence are related, but not everyone agrees on how or what to do about it. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks recently published a book titled, Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence, in which he argued that only religion can solve the problem of religiously inspired violence. This term in Old Fashioned Sunday School, we look at Rabbi Sacks’ argument in general, and his reading of the book of Genesis in particular, and use it to talk about the nature of fear, violence, and religion, and how we, as Christians, should be responding to the threats we face.

Making Room: A Mission Study Group

If you participate in any kind of outreach ministry (or would like to), have an interest in related issues, or simply enjoy a good theological conversation, join us this month for a mission study group. Canon Zappa will lead our discussions, which will be based on Christine Pohl’s Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition. This is an opportunity for us to support one another in our ministries and to take the time to reflect on how and why we do what we do. Join us this Sunday, October 25, from 1–2 p.m., even if you were not able to attend the first two sessions. It is not necessary to read the book.

Join Education for Ministry!

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of the School of Theology of the University of the South. Participants commit one year at a time to meet weekly in seminars led by a trained mentor in studying the Bible, church history, and theology while also developing a wonderful community of members. There is a weekly lesson and study guide but no tests or papers to prepare. A few spaces are available for an EfM class that begins September 15. The class meets in the Lanier House on Tuesday nights, 7-9:30 p.m. For more information and enrollment forms, contact Jane Elliott, 404-291-2234, or Rick Tyler, 404-375-6470.

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