The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Pastoral Care

Reclaiming Authenticity in a Virtual Climate

In the midst of this pandemic and its collateral consequences, we are facing many losses, while being hurled into trying new things. How do we stay centered? To what can we hold onto? How can we live in these moments with more conviction and confidence, and stay true to ourselves and our relationships with others? Over the course of these three weeks, we will be using psychological and theological perspectives to reflect on the challenges, opportunities, and resources we have to navigate our current climate. Canon Cathy Zappa and therapist Christy Gituku, from the Cathedral Counseling Center, are leading this discussion. We will meet by Zoom at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, May 19, May 26, and June 2. To register, contact Canon Zappa at

Bereavement Workshop

Camp STARS InTown is a one-day bereavement workshop for both children and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. Visiting Nurse Health System / Hospice Atlanta hosts this event at the Cathedral on Saturday, March 7 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Attendees will meet others in similar circumstances, gathered in a safe environment to share their feelings of loss. A variety of expressive activities will be conducted throughout the day designed to foster healthy grieving. The George Center for Music Therapy will be instrumental in providing music therapy which is helpful in learning how to use positive coping skills and communicating painful feelings and emotions. Camp STARS InTown will include interactive games, an art project, and music therapy for adult and children’s small groups. Registration is open to both individual adults or a family. The registration fee is $30 per individual or one family unit. Register at or call 404-869-3072 for information.

Heavenly Music for All Saints' Sunday

On Sunday, November 3 at 4 p.m., the Cathedral Choir will offer the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé, which is unquestionably one of the most beautiful and deeply profound sacred choral works in the entire history of music. This work is most often performed on concert stages in North America, so this will be a rare opportunity to experience it within the context for which it was written – a fully choral service of Holy Communion. Many people will attend the service to remember the life of a loved one who has passed into life eternal during the past year, and hear their names read aloud during the prayers, but this is transcendently beautiful music that offers hope and a palpable glimpse of heaven to all. The full Cathedral Choir will be joined by a chamber orchestra, underwritten as a gift from our Friends of Cathedral Music, using Duruflé’s orchestration for strings, harp, trumpets, timpani, and organ.

Hospice Atlanta Bereavement Workshop

Hospice Atlanta is offering a one day bereavement workshop called Camp STARS InTown for individuals and families this Saturday, March 16 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Cathedral. The day will include a variety of activities such as art projects, adult and children support groups, and team building activities all led by counselors, social workers, chaplains, community volunteers, and other bereavement specialists. There will be many opportunities for everyone to bond as a community and to meet others who are also on a grief journey. There is a $25 registration fee per individual or family (regardless of the number of individuals who you consider to be your family unit) which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Register online at Or, call Deana Porter, 404-869-3072, or Canon Cathy Zappa, 404-365-1043, for more information.

Choral Requiem Eucharist on All Saints’ Sunday

All are invited to attend our annual Choral Eucharist on All Saints’ Sunday, November 4 at 4 p.m. This year we will observe this holy occasion with the ancient and image-rich texts of the Requiem as set to music by Gabriel Fauré. His is one of the most beloved and frequently sung works in the sacred repertoire, yet it is rarely experienced in the context for which it was written: a fully choral service of Communion in celebration of the life of someone who has passed into life eternal. The orchestra, underwritten by our Friends of Cathedral Music, will use Fauré’s original, most intimate orchestration for strings, harp, French horns, and timpani. This is music of transcendent beauty, which generations of Christians have found to offer a profound glimpse of the hope, peace, and surpassing joy of heaven.

What Adults Should Know About Adolescent Mental Health

The Cathedral Counseling Center’s Caroline Paris will lead a discussion on the mental health of teenagers and college students on Sunday, March 4, from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Gould Room. The discussion will focus on communicating with adolescents and getting them to communicate with you. Other topics addressed will include social media, stress, depression, grief, and suicide. Please RSVP to Canon Cathy Zappa,, or Maggie Paul,

Journey of Grief: The Path from Lenten Mourning to Easter Hope

This workshop, led by Meg Moye from the Cathedral Counseling Center, is for those who have lost a loved one and are experiencing the feelings and challenges of grief. On Wednesdays, February 21, March 7, and March 21, from 11:30 a.m. –1 p.m., we will offer a supportive, confidential space to learn about the process of grieving and to share our individual experience and journey with others who are seeking physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. The cost of the workshop is $60 for all three sessions; contact Meg Moye, 404-483-3711, to register.

Lunch and Learn: Ministry of Presence at the Time of Death

Susan Soper will give a presentation on the ministry of presence at the time of death on Wednesday, November 8 at noon in the Gould Room. Susan Soper, a native Atlantan, started her journalism career in Washington, D.C. and New York before becoming the features editor and writing coach at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. When her father died suddenly at 73, she realized the need for families to be prepared before losing a loved one — to ease the stress during a time of sadness and grief.

Brad Gordon to Lead Lunch and Learn

M. Brad Gordon, Cathedral parishioner and a senior Human Resources leader with Lockheed Martin, will discuss the “Ministry of Presence at Work,” as part of the fall “Ministry of Presence” lunch and learn series, Wednesday, October 11, from noon–1 p.m. Please join Brad as he facilitates an engaging discussion on the role of work in Christian life and the power of presence at work give new meaning to your work to positively impact your life and the lives of your colleagues. Stop by the Cathedral kitchen to purchase lunch from Flora & Flour!

The Caregiver Rollercoaster

This Sunday, July 23 at 10:10 a.m., Ellen Sichel will lead the summer series on “The Caregiver Rollercoaster: How to Have a Smoother Ride with the Ups, Downs, and Loop-the-Loops of Caring For Others.” Sichel is a teacher, speaker and author who is tired of stress and pain reduction being so darn complicated. When you’re overwhelmed by daily pain or high stress, you don’t need another complex thing to do — you need quick and useful solutions that actually work!