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.
Upcoming Spirituality Events
Spirituality Conference with Lerita Coleman Brown
October 26, 2019
What does it mean to be a freed human spirit? Join us for a day journeying through the life and writings of Howard Thurman and dipping into his contemplative practices. We will explore how this mystic and theologian emerged from Baptist beginnings to become a model and teacher of sacred activism. Thurman is known for his classic book, Jesus and the Disinherited, which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., carried with him whenever he marched. Dr. Brown, Ayşe I. Carden Distinguished Professor Emerita of Psychology at Agnes Scott College, is a spiritual director/companion, writer, retreat leader, and speaker.
Our Quiet Days during Advent (December 7, 2019) and Lent (February 29, 2020) invite us to take a break from the business and “busy-ness” of our everyday lives and listen in an intentional way to God’s invitation in our spiritual journey.
Also in Lent, women of the Cathedral will be retreating to St. Mary’s Sewanee, from March 13–15, 2020, for a weekend of fellowship, prayer, spiritual renewal, and rest. This year’s retreat will be led by Canon Lauren Holder.
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. The shawls are distributed personally by knitters and are avaliable by request. For further information regarding participation or to request a shawl, 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 is an ecumenical monastic community in southern France that developed a beautiful style of prayer and attracts more than 2,000 visitors a week. During this service, simple chants are sung repetitiously; these chants become prayers of the heart. Scripture is heard, and there is an extended period of silent prayer. The service is offered the third Monday of every month from 8 to 9 p.m. in Mikell Chapel.
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.
Our canvas indoor labyrinth is available in Child Hall most Sundays, from 3–7 p.m., from September – May. It also may be used at alternate times by prior arrangement. Call 404-365-1000 to confirm availability.
The outdoor labyrinth in front of the Lanier House is open daily.