The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Congregational Life

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!

Thanks Christie Jennison!

Christie Jennison wrapped up her service to the Cathedral a few weeks when she was called back to the crystal coast of North Carolina where she will be assistant personnel director of Camp Seafarer. Even if you never met Christie, she probably knew you! As program coordinator for stewardship and membership, she maintained all of our parishioner records—new members, baptisms, change of address, etc. She also coordinated stewardship mailings, newcomer dinners, and our weekly thank-you notes to parish life groups. She did all of this with grace, excellence, and hospitality. She always smiled and never failed to pitch in on projects large and small. We will miss you, Christie!

Can You Make a Financial Commitment?

We are making steady progress in reaching our goal of $3,685,000 in pledges from 1,200 parishioners. Thank you! If you have not already done so, please consider making a pledge now. In addition to a lot of other things, pledging gives the Cathedral Chapter confidence that we are on track for the year. Large or small, your pledge impacts the theology, budget, and planning for this sacred community. Pledging is easy! Simply submit the form below or make a pledge online at

A Taste of Latin America!

Every year, the Hispanic Ministry Commission of the Diocese of Atlanta sponsors A Taste of Latin America. If you have not attended one of these fiestas, you have been missing a very lively event! Hispanic members from ten parishes will be preparing and serving tasty Latin American food, and there will be a silent auction, a raffle, and craft items for sale. Of course there will be music, plus a piñata for the children. There is no charge, but after dinner sombreros will be passed to accept donations for humanitarian projects in Latin American countries. Bienvenidos! – Y’all come!

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!

Shrove Tuesday!

Shrove Tuesday marks the final celebration of frivolity before Ash Wednesday and the holy season of Lent. Join us for a delicious pancake feast served to you by our very own canon staff. You won’t want to miss any of the Shrove Tuesday fun, February 9, 5:30–7 p.m. There will be a fabulous bead toss, naming of the official Shrove Tuesday King, Queen, Prince, and Princess, and more! Sign up online at or in the Atrium on Sunday, February 7.

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.