Adults


 Adults

Sunday Morning ClassesWednesday Evening Classes | Small Groups

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

October 7
Latin America and Immigration to the U.S.

What are the causes and consequences of America’s current immigration crisis? What are the historical conditions that have caused a great migration out of Central America and Mexico toward the U.S. border? How has and how should the U.S. government formulate policy regarding such people? Join Mike LaRosa, associate professor of history (Rhodes College) and Casey Bryant, an immigration attorney, in exploring these questions, as we as people of faith formulate an appropriate response to immigration.

October 14 & 21
Placemaking on the Calvary Block

We are learning more and more about the ways the world around us shapes how we feel about ourselves and how we interact with others. Calvary parishioners Jennifer Krouse, Tommy Pacello, and Matt Seltzer would like us to talk about what this might mean for a downtown church. How do our buildings, sidewalks, doorways, parking lots...the various elements in the "built environment" we inhabit contribute to or inhibit our relationships with friends, strangers, and even ourselves. 

Jennifer Krouse is an advisor to organizations that shape the built environment. Tommy Pacello is an attorney and urban planner who directs the Memphis Medical District Collaborative. Matt Seltzer is an architect and a self-proclaimed public space junkie.

October 28
Moms Demand Action

While Calvary's theme this year focuses on welcoming the stranger, fear of the stranger often makes welcoming a secondary concern. Moms Demand Action will lead a forum on the topic of gun safety and how our faith intersects with this timely issue.

November 4
Calvary in Honduras: the LAMB Institute

Amanda Scott, volunteer coordinator for the LAMB Institute in Honduras, will share the ministry's work in providing Christian formation and opportunities so that children and teens can stay in their home country and be agents of change for Christ and Central America. Amanda spent nearly 30 years with IBM as an organizational change management consultant before becoming a full-time missionary in 2011. Calvary has sent many mission teams to Honduras to partner with LAMB, most recently in summer 2016.

November 11
Food and society

While we do have separation of Church and state, we are governed by morality and duty. I have found the story of the stranger in both the writings of every religion and in the story of our food systems, of which the inequities of food have widened the gap of our society. I have also found more true history in the story of our society told through a recipe of why than of how and many untold and uncomfortable stories in the pots that they are cooked in. Kelly English is a chef and restaurateur and a fan of humanity and finds more logic in the message of Jesus than the words that men decided were or were not divine.

November 18
The Myth of Thanksgiving

With a history stretching back to the advent of agriculture, breaking bread and giving thanks is a time-honored human tradition. In the United States, the Thanksgiving holiday is thought to be one of cooperation and companionship, commemorating a moment of shared survival, and signaling hope for the future. The myth of Thanksgiving celebrates a bridge between two cultures often at odds with one another, creating a mythical moment of camaraderie in an otherwise tangled and tumultuous past. But what happens when we really examine the truth of that story and reveal the inaccuracies in that legend? How do we reconcile the U.S.’s long history of violence and erasure towards indigenous Americans and still celebrate this beloved holiday? Please join our panel facilitated by Amanda Lee Savage, instructor of early American and Native American history at the University of Memphis, to tackle these tough Turkey Day topics.

November 25
Advent Wreath Festival

December 2
St. Vincent's Center in Haiti

St. Vincent's Center is a school for 200 children in the greater Port-au-Prince area of Haiti. On an 8.6 acre campus, they daily teach 100 deaf, 60 blind, and 40 physically-challenged children, many of whom are in wheelchairs. Bill Craddock will speak to us about Calvary's work with St. Vincent's and how those who are strangers become neighbors.

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Wednesday Evenings at Calvary 

Spiritual Practices with Suzanne Henley
Join tap-dancing French goats, the Holy Spirit on a Harley, Gangster Disciples, Carl Jung, and Suzanne Henley in exploring your everyday life as a set of prayer beads. This class will meet in the Emison Room Wednesday nights in September from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Daughters of the King
Calvary’s Daughters of the King (DOK) chapter, a group of women of women committed to daily prayer and service in their community, invites all women to join them for discernment sessions for three nights during Wednesday Evenings at Calvary: Sept. 5, 12, and 19 beginning with supper together at 5:15 p.m. followed by sessions in the Montgomery Foyer at 6 p.m. Attending the sessions is not a commitment to join but an opportunity to learn more about the DOK; however, attendance of all sessions is required in order to be admitted to membership. For more information, contact Lee Cagle, lee@leecagledulcimers.com.

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. 

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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.
On Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Curate Neil Raman leads a weekly women’s New Testament Bible study group in the Crook Auditorium. The group is studying the parables of Jesus and the Gospel of John, combining a look at the scripture with the study of William Brosend’s book Conversations with Scripture: The Parables. Each week, the group walks with one another through Scripture, uncovering the deep truths that still speak to us today, and growing in friendships along the way. Contact Neil Raman if you are interested in joining this group.

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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