The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA


Spring 2017 Habitat Build

Join the Cathedral’s Habitat for Humanity team! Our next home begins on Saturday, March 4 and runs through April 29. If you have built before, come join again. If you have never built, come be part of this exciting ministry. No skills required, just your enthusiasm. We will give you the tools and training that you need to make a contribution. You can sign up in the Atrium or online at For more information, contact John Champion, 404-307-0817.

February BCM Food Drive a Huge Success

St. Anne’s Guild extends a huge thank you to all in the Cathedral community who faithfully support our semi-annual Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) food drives each February and August! The monthly drives undertaken by BCM’s founding churches provide approximately 60% of the food they need. From their budget, BCM then purchases the remaining 40%, spending approximately $9,000 each month on food. The Cathedral’s collection this past February totaled 294 bags of food and a check for $6,626 to BCM. We are pleased to report an increase in food donations of almost 150 bags compared to last February! Great work!

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.

ERD Serves with Your Support

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) has served as a compassionate response to worldwide human suffering. In particular, the agency collaborates with local church and ecumenical partners in nearly 40 countries to help communities create long-term development strategies and to rebuild after disasters. In 2009, the General Convention of The Episcopal Church designated Lent as a time to support, remember, and pray for ERD’s work and witness in this hurting world.

Reimagining Homelessness in Atlanta

Separate from the Cathedral’s Lenten Series, but covering a related topic, the Faith Committee of the Atlanta Homeless Continuum-of-Care is pleased to present an inspirational and educational opportunity to learn more about how communities of faith can align with and create impact on homelessness in Atlanta. The event will take place Thursday, March 9 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and includes presentations by Shawn Duncan and Cathryn Marchman, as well as workshops that will provide tangible examples of how congregations can align with the goals of the strategic plan to have the deepest impact possible on homelessness in Atlanta. The cost is $15. To sign up, visit

Hunger Walk 2017

This Sunday, March 5, Cathedral youth will attend the Hunger Walk, which benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank. We will be joining youth from around the Diocese of Atlanta. Last year, there were 300 youth from around the Diocese! We will meet at the Cathedral at 1 p.m. to carpool down to the Walk, which begins at 2 p.m. at Turner Field. After the Walk, we will come back to the Cathedral and share dinner together from 5:30-6 p.m. To sign-up to go the Hunger Walk, go to and click on the link for Upcoming Opportunities. After you submit the form, you’ll be redirected to the EYCDIOATL team – make sure you register there too!

BCM Food Drive

Thank you for starting our Buckhead Christian Ministry (BCM) food drive off right on Soup-er Bowl Sunday! February is Food Drive Month at the Cathedral as St. Anne’s Guild reaches out to you for donations of food and/or checks of $20 or more in support of BCM. Make checks payable to Cathedral of St. Philip with “BCM Food Drive” on memo line. The BCM Food Pantry provides 2,000 bags of groceries to more than 1,600 people each month, and is stocked entirely with donations from the community. According to the US Department of Agriculture, one out of five children live in households without access to adequate food. To help, please stop by our table in the Atrium Sundays in February between 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

Habitat Potluck Dinner and Project

Join the Cathedral’s Habitat for Humanity team for a potluck kickoff dinner on Sunday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gould Room. If you can attend and/or if you can bring a dish, please sign up in the Atrium on Sunday mornings beginning February 5 or contact John Champion so we can get a headcount and plan for food preparation. We will have a great meal followed by a short program to discuss our Habitat ministry and plans for the upcoming build. Our next home begins on Saturday, March 4 and runs through April 29.

Habitat Christmas Baskets Delivered

Our Cathedral elves assembled and delivered 21 beautiful Habitat Christmas baskets this year to the original owners of homes we have helped build over the past two decades. The outpouring of generosity from so many parishioners and the help this year of the newly formed St. Ruth’s Guild made the scale of this effort possible! Of course, the gift baskets with their delicious contents brought smiles of appreciation and delight to children and adults. Our visits also help us realize the impact Habitat homes have, providing secure shelter for families, letting hard working families build wealth, and strengthening Atlanta neighborhoods.

Christmas Eve Eucharist with Church of the Common Ground

As has been our tradition for several years, Cathedral parishioners will be joining Church of the Common Ground on Christmas Eve for a joyous celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Church of the Common Ground is an Episcopal worshipping community on the streets of Atlanta, and it is a sacred experience to worship with them. The Christmas Eve service begins at 1 p.m. in Woodruff Park. If you are interested in attending, please contact Canon Cathy Zappa.

Habitat Christmas Baskets

Come be part of the annual joyful experience of building and delivering Christmas baskets for our Cathedral Habitat families. We are building 20 this year and need your help! This has become a very popular event and you can help in any of several ways, including contributing food or monetary support, building baskets (beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 16), or delivering baskets (meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 17). This is something for kids and adults alike; make it a family event. Sign up in the Atrium beginning Sunday, November 20 or contact John Champion at 404-307-0817 for more details.

ERD Responds to Hurricane Matthew

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) invites you to join in prayer for communities in the Caribbean and the United States affected by Hurricane Matthew. ERD is in contact with its partners in the hurricane’s path to support responses and address needs as more becomes available. Local churches are assessing damage, confirming the safety of members and others in their communities, and using available facilities and resources to respond to immediate concerns. For more information, contact the Cathedral’s ERD representative, Lucy Perry, at 404-350-9494 or visit

Donate a Jacket or Shoes and Wear Your Pajamas to Church!

Cathedral member Emma Ellis is creating a children’s shoe and jacket store at the Homeless Requiem for her Girl Scout Gold Award project, and you are invited to make donations of gently used jackets and shoes to be distributed. As she described in last week’s Sunday School classes, Emma is requesting donations of gently used jackets and close-toed shoes ranging in styles, colors, and sizes so that there will be a selection for the kids. Donations can be dropped off in the box by the Homeless Requiem tables in the Atrium this Sunday morning, October 30. All children who bring a donation are encouraged wear pajamas to church on Sunday!
The Homeless Requiem and dinner, remembering homeless individuals who have died this year, is Tuesday, November 1. For more information, visit

Barbara Dooley to Speak at BCM Breakfast

Buckhead Christian Ministry’s Seeds of Change Society invites you to join them on the morning of Friday, October 21 for the “Sowing Seeds of Faith” women’s breakfast featuring Barbara Dooley at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. Barbara, whose husband is legendary UGA football coach Vince Dooley, is a witty author and speaker with an inspiring story to share. This event is sure to sell out. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit