And yet I raise my hands aloft to God, that I might be held by God, just like a feather which has not weight from its own strength and lets itself be carried by the wind. – Hildegard of Bingen
The Cathedral strives to be “a house of prayer for all people.” We pray through worship, Bible studies, classes, and our life and ministry together. In addition, we offer several opportunities to explore and enrich your faith through contemplative practices, retreats, conferences, and creative experiences. We also invite you to visit the Lanier House, a former home nestled in the Cathedral campus, which is an oasis of quiet beauty in this busy city. Come rest on the porch, pray in the chapel, gather for study or fellowship in one of the house’s rooms, or walk through the gardens outside.
13th Annual Spirituality Conference
The Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D.
Saturday, October 22, 2022
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Very Rev. Michael Battle is an Episcopal moral theologian known for his works on spirituality, reconciliation, and the thought of Desmond Tutu. His latest book is titled Desmond Tutu: A Spiritual Biography of South Africa’s Confessor (2021), which arises out of Battle’s personal experience with Tutu (who ordained Battle a priest in 1993) and his extensive study of Tutu’s works. At the conference, we will explore the three stages of Christian mysticism. We will connect the first stage of purgation to both contemplative prayer and restorative justice. Tutu’s life, Ubuntu theology, and spiritual practices ground this talk, showing how justice and prayer fit together. Subsequently, we will explore the second stage of illumination focusing on the confluence between contemplative prayer and social activism that can produce epic events such as South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Lastly, we will focus on the last mystical stage of union with God. Here, we will explore vestiges of union with God through restorative justice, pilgrimage and forgiveness. Caution is urged in any rush to force this last mystical stage into being, especially for Christians in powerful positions or who live in the global north. This concluding session offers space for discernment about what God might be inviting you and your community into regarding deep reconciliation.
Ongoing Spirituality Practices:
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is a group of creative and prayer-filled knitters who minister directly to fellow parish members, friends, and neighbors. Prayer shawls and blankets are distributed personally by knitters and are available by request. For further information regarding participation or to request a shawl or blanket, please contact Canon Cathy Zappa.
EfM: Education for Ministry
Tuesdays, 7–9:30 p.m., September - May
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year program of the School of Theology of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Participants commit only one academic year at a time, to participate in weekly, facilitated seminars that combine lesson discussion, theological reflection, worship, and community formation. Over the course of the four years, students study the Bible, church history, and theology, while reflecting on ministry and developing a wonderful spiritual community. For more information, contact Rick Tyler, 404-375-6470.
Taizé Prayers for Peace
Third Monday of each month, beginning at 8 p.m.
Originating in Taizé, France, this simple service of scripture, music, and candlelight will bring a beautiful and prayerful close to your Monday. During this service in Mikell Chapel, simple chants are sung repetitiously; these chants become prayers of the heart. Scripture is heard, and there is an extended period of silent prayer. For more information on Atlanta area Taizé services, visit this webpage or Facebook.
The labyrinth is an ancient path of prayer dating back to the medieval period of history. The third Monday of every month, we offer a facilitated labyrinth walk at 7 p.m., with an orientation at 6:30 p.m. for those new walkers. We also offer special, seasonal walks throughout the year. Brochures about the labyrinths are also available in the Atrium.
The outdoor labyrinth in front of the Lanier House is open daily.