Adults


 Adults

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Faith formation classes are offered on Sunday mornings following the 10 a.m. worship service and on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. All adult classes are open to the adult community as a whole. This openness allows people to choose classes rather than be placed in them.

Sunday Mornings

January 13
Why Elves Matter

JRR Tolkein and CS Lewis illustrated the power of myth at a time when, among biblical scholars, a "de-mythologizing" of Christianity was en vogue. But another person preceded and influenced both of these authors in their mythological/theological frameworks -- and this person was GK Chesterton. Come and learn about this extraordinary Catholic who championed the power of magic in an age of burgeoning rationalism.

January 13 and February 10
Parents' Group

For those of us who met over the summer to share our parenting journeys, a clear theme emerged: The Serenity Prayer. It became evident that no matter the topic, a consistent underlying issue was the struggle to let go of what we can't control, to do something about what we can and should (often ourselves) and sorting out the difference. This group is open to parents in all stages, including those who are parenting aging parents.

January 13-February 24
Book Study in 
Emison Room
Begin the year with a book study of Brian McLaren’s The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World’s Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian. A Noted Christian thinker, author, and activist, McLaren will be part of the upcoming Lenten Preaching Series at Calvary.  Join this study of his latest book, which promotes the idea of Christianity as a way of life rather than a set of beliefs. Facilitated by Rector Scott Walters, Tim Huebner, Associate Rector Paul McLain, and others.

January 20
The Stories of Cities
Our cities tell many stories. Some make the front page of the newspaper -- a revitalized Main Street or the removal of a Confederate statue -- but other stories are quieter, less immediately visible -- how evictions can point to unfair legislation or how roads can divide as well as connect. These stories require new ways of seeing and encountering the city. Join James Matthews, a documentary artist from Little Rock, Ark., as he talks about his own search for stories and how he finds, in his direct interactions with his city, the possibility for transformation.

January 27
Annual Report

Calvary's rector, Scott Walters, leads this annual report on the state of the church.

February 3
Our Daily Bread

The mission of Memphis Tilth to cultivate collective action for an economically sustainable, socially equitable, and environmentally sound local food system. Carole Coulter, executive director of Memphis Tilth, leads a discussion of the power of food in our communal lives.

February 10
The Meaning of Life

Drawing from her popular class at St. Mary's, Katherine's four sessions will cover themes of vocation, pain, relationships, and joy. Using poetry and brief readings as springboards, we will explore how we find and make meaning through our experiences. This week will cover vocation.

February 17
The Meaning of Life
Drawing from her popular class at St. Mary's, Katherine's four sessions will cover themes of vocation, pain, relationships, and joy. Using poetry and brief readings as springboards, we will explore how we find and make meaning through our experiences. This week will cover pain.

February 24
The Meaning of Life
Drawing from her popular class at St. Mary's, Katherine's four sessions will cover themes of vocation, pain, relationships, and joy. Using poetry and brief readings as springboards, we will explore how we find and make meaning through our experiences. This week will cover relationships.

March 3
The Meaning of Life
Drawing from her popular class at St. Mary's, Katherine's four sessions will cover themes of vocation, pain, relationships, and joy. Using poetry and brief readings as springboards, we will explore how we find and make meaning through our experiences. This week will cover joy.

March 10
Climate Change and What I Can Do About It
It’s hard to ignore the latest dramatic headlines about global warming, how it’s affecting our lives now, and what we may face in the future. But amid our complex lives, it’s equally hard to grapple with exactly what’s going on, why we should care, and what anyone can do about it. A scientist and architect talk about their understanding of climate change, what some folks are doing about it, and what we all can do next.

March 17
The Rule of Benedict and Hospitality
What can medieval monks contribute to the local food movement? How might we reconcile our commitment to the place in which we live with our welcome of others? This talk draws on St. Benedict’s Rule for the lives of monks to help us think about the virtues of hospitality and love of place in the context of building a just and sustainable local food system. Dr. Emily A. Holmes is an author and Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Christian Brothers University. Her teaching and research interests include women’s writing practices, religious pluralism, and the spirituality and ethics of eating.

March 24
Called to Grow at St. Columba
St. Columba is launching its Called to Grow capital campaign to add accessible camp and retreat lodging to the campus and serve campers and groups who have been knocking at the door of our popular diocesan center. Executive Director, Brad Thompson, will be with us to share information about the project promote direct connections between St. Columba’s expanding camp and hospitality ministries and Calvary’s ‘Welcoming the Stranger’ adult forum theme.

March 31
A Homelessness Primer
Author, activist, and Calvary parishioner Pat Morgan will lead a conversation on everything you need to know about homelessness and homeless people in Memphis.

April 7
Homelessness on a National Scale
In part two of her presentation, Pat Morgan will examine about national issues, including the legislation that has resulted in “collateral damage” and the criminalization of homelessness both locally and nationally.

April 14
Holy Week
This week marks the holiest week of our Christian calendar. Paul McClain leads a discussion of this part of our church calendar and its significance in history and our lives.

April 21
Easter Sunday

April 28
The Politics and Polity of the Episcopal Church
In the next week, a new bishop of West Tennessee will be consecrated. This might beg the question: what does a bishop do? For that matter, how does the Episcopal Church work in terms of governance and structure? Bring all your questions about what happens to disobedient clergy, whose voice matters in the church, and why we work so slowly as an institution to this forum which will surely be more interesting than it sounds.

May 5
Youth Sunday

May 12
Welcoming the Stranger
We have spent the year exploring, mulling over, and acting out the biblical directive to welcome the stranger. Scott Walters offers some final thoughts on the subject.

May 19
Parish Picnic

May 26
Memorial Day Weekend

 

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Wednesday Evenings at Calvary 

Adult Formation Offering
Emison Room: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

In this eight-week class, we will discuss G. K. Chesterton’s philosophy through icons from his books, essays, poems, and fictional works. Prepare for the wit, provocation, and insight that led the avowed young atheist C.S. Lewis to a reluctant conversion—and perhaps find yourself a little converted, too. 

Yoga
Great Hall: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

A casual and basic practice for those seeking to learn breathing, presence, rhythm, integration, and stillness. No experience required. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. Facilitated by Ardelle Walters, Susan Waits, Sharon Thorpe, and Molly Crenshaw.

Parent Quiet Hour
Room 208: 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Join other parents for quiet conversation or bring your book or laptop and enjoy a space to read or work. 

 

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Small Groups

Small groups at Calvary provide an opportunity to connect with others in a more personal setting than Sunday mornings typically allow. There are three types of groups: study, sanctuary, and ministry. Study groups read and reflect on the Bible or other theological texts, or follow various academic curricula. Sanctuary groups meet primarily for fellowship, although the presence of God in members' lives is often a topic of conversation. Ministry groups gather around a particular service opportunity. These groups are facilitated by a member of the parish and meet weekly in various locations around the community. For more information about participating in one of these groups, contact Ebet Peeples.

Calvary Book Group
This lay-led group is open to all members and friends of Calvary. The group meets on the last Tuesday of the month from January through October to discern and discuss theological themes in contemporary fiction and non-fiction. Recent books have included Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller and the first book/movie combination – Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosay. To learn more about the group or suggest a book, please contact Molly Polatty. The Calvary Book Group meets at a Calvary parishioner’s home, last Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.

Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry ( EfM ) is a program of theological education-at-a-distance of the School of Theology of the University of the South. Students sign up one year at a time for this four-year program. It covers the basics of a theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and theology. There are EfM classes on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Calvary from 6:15-8:30 during the months of September through May. Contact Ashton Anderson for more information or to sign up for the Tuesday class. Contact Betty Jo Dulaney to sign up for the Wednesday class. 

Men's Bible Study: La Baguette Bible Brothers – Time 7:30-8:30 a.m. 
Every Thursday morning, a few good men – Calvary men – gather at La Baguette on Poplar Ave. for coffee, prayer, Bible study, terrible jokes, and perhaps a gooey pastry breakfast.  It's a "Pre-Game Show", as they study the Gospel lesson for the upcoming Sunday service. At the very least, it makes them pay attention to the sermons. It is now in its 20th year, so the jokes must not be that bad. A great class with open book exams – join us! Contact Hal Crenshaw or Bill Haltom to learn more.

Women's Bible Study: Coffee with the Curate – Time 10:30-11:30 a.m.The Thursday morning women’s Bible study resumes Thursday, Jan. 10, at 10:30 a.m., with a study of Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible by Debbie Blue. From the well-known image of the dove to the rooster that announced Peter’s betrayal, birds play a dynamic part in lore. We’ll take a look at this edgy, scholarly, and shocking take on these winged messengers and discover some profound truths about humanity, faith, and God’s mysterious grace along the way.

Women's Bible Study: Thursday Theological Thinkers – Time 12:15-12:45 p.m. 
Women of various ages and stages of life gather on Thursdays in the library at St. George's Episcopal Church in Germantown for a brief discussion of the upcoming Sunday Gospel lesson. These Thursday Theological Thinkers enjoy applying the text to their lives and supporting one another in their efforts to make a positive and loving difference in the world around them. Praying the weekly collect both before and after the Gospel discussion is always an enlightening moment and highlight for those gathered. Contact Laura Trott to learn more.

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