The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Adult Sunday School - Fall 2019

Most regular children’s, youth, and adult Sunday School classes resume Sunday, September 8 at 10:10 a.m.


Old Fashioned Sunday School (Child Hall)

Contemplating Christ: How to Become a Mystic without Really Trying!

A lot of us are wondering about what the church of the future will look like.

The Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner famously said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.” Rahner was convinced that the secularization of life that began after the end of the Second World War would pull people away from the church. He feared that, if people did not have a deep experience of God, they would not commit themselves to a sustained life of faith.

This term, we will look at what it means to be a mystic (it’s not as extraordinary as you might think!) and how the recovery of the contemplative tradition in the church might change how we go about being church. What, for example, did St. Paul mean when he said in Philippians 2:5: “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus?”

Canon George Maxwell leads this class. As always, you will find those things that we think matter most: a light heart, a broad welcome, and good coffee. We look forward to seeing you there. 

For more information, contact Canon George Maxwell,


Living Faith (Room 120)

Join Canon Lauren Holder and Canon Cathy Zappa as 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! We will kick off this fall with a study of the Enneagram, a spiritual personality typing system and helpful resource for spiritual growth. For more information, contact Canon Lauren Holder,, or Canon Cathy Zappa,


Community, Conversion, and Hope (Room 239)

Canon Carolynne Williams leads this fall series based upon G. Porter Taylor’s book, To Dream as God Dreams: Sermons of Community, Conversion, and Hope.


Parent Coffee Hour (Room 121)

Parents of middle- and high-schoolers meet for fellowship and discussion of topics that youth are exploring in Sunday School, as well as parenting and faith.


Small Group Bible Study (Room 122)

Jim Bingham and Gordon Mathis lead an ongoing small group Bible Study focusing on a particular book of the Bible for several months at a time. This year, we are reading the Gospel of Matthew. 


Our True Selves (Room 240)

The Rev. Dr. Thee Smith leads this series of co-listening classes that aim to enhance our ability to be fully ourselves—our true, worthy, and estimable selves. Topics can include everyday experiences and range through tough political issues as well as lifestyle choices and faith matters. Contact the Rev. Dr. Smith, or 404-365-1093, for class dates.


Biblical Greek (Room 356)

Continuing Biblical Greek classes are offered on Sundays from 1:15–2:45 p.m. for anyone who wants to learn the basics of translation using grammar aids, lexicons, and commentaries. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith at