The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Spirituality

Spirituality logoAnd 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. 

For more information about spirituality at the Cathedral, contact Canon George Maxwell, 404-365-1088, or Jeannie Mahood, 404-365-1031.


Upcoming Events

Spirituality Conference

Seeing the Unseen:  A bishop and gun safety activist offers a way forward from opposing viewpoints.

February 18, 2023
9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Child Hall

Have you ever walked away from a conversation because of the partisan politics it evoked and later regretted it?  Have you ever wondered how you might find someone who could broaden your understanding about an issue without judging you for not agreeing with them?  Have you ever thought there was a better way to frame an issue than the positions being defended by our political parties?

Bishop Mark Beckwith says that it doesn't have to be this way. He urges us to find the courage to look directly at those whose views and experiences are different from our own so that we might see the goodness that is inherent in all things. “We are trained to think," Beckwith says, "yet the cultural emphasis on thinking has not been applied to our ability to see . . . We are not as well trained in seeing the world’s fullness―pain and joy, compassion and cruelty. We regularly receive glimpses of pain and joy, but they are often presented in such a way as to reinforce our thinking.”

Bishop Beckwith, who formerly served as the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark (NJ), developed strategies for learning how to see in this way while working with religious and other leaders to address a number of politically charged issues. He is the co-founder of Faith Leaders for Ending Gun Violence, a national ecumenical group of diverse religious leaders; has been part of the leadership team for Braver Angels, a national movement that seeks to depolarize America; and is the author of Seeing the Unseen: Beyond Prejudices, Paradigms and Party Lines (Morehouse Publishing, 2022).

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Women's Lenten Retreat: Alters and Altered

March 17-19, 2023

Cathedral women, along with women friends or relatives, are invited to attend our annual Lenten Retreat, March 17-19, at St. Mary’s Sewanee in Tennessee. As we weather transformations in our lives, it is important to remember and revisit our sacred core with intention. This weekend we will explore altars. What are they for? How do they ground us? What can they look like? And we will build altars—sacred spaces to visit within ourselves and outside ourselves. In the beautiful setting of St. Mary’s Sewanee, there will be plenty of time to rest, play, enjoy the outdoors, and be in fellowship with God and one another.

The retreat will be led by Canon Lauren Holder. Contact Lauren, 404-365-1036 or lholder@cathedralATL.org, or Jeannie Mahood, jmahodd@cathedralATL.org or 404-365-1031, with questions. Registration deadline is February 23. 

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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.

Labyrinth

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.