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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. during Koinonia. 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

A Summer of Phyllis Tickle

Our summer Great Hall program for adults will feature a series of video presentations from beloved author, historian and keen cultural observer Phyllis Tickle. Phyllis, who had a long association with Memphis and Calvary, died September 22, 2015, but her compelling spirit in exploring the past, present, and future of the church lives on!  Her series “Embracing Emergent Christianity” invites us to join her in examining the changing face of Christianity and culture. Phyllis surveys 2000 years of Western history, identifying the great upheavals that occur in Western culture and Christianity every 500 years. The last was the Great Reformation of the 1500’s; the next is happening now. What are the implications of this “Great Emergence,” both culturally and spiritually? What are the key questions and issues that need to be addressed? Where might we be headed next? And, perhaps most importantly, where are you, at this moment? Might you be an emergence Christian?

Our summer schedule is:

June 4 - Pentecost - No formation due to reception for outgoing Priest-in-Charge Buddy Stallings

June 11 - Session 1 - Emergence 101

June 18 - Session 2 - Where Now is the Authority?

June 25 - Session 3 - The 20th Century and Emergence

July 2 - No formation due to weekend prior to Independence Day

July 9 - No formation due to reception for incoming Rector Scott Walters

July 16 - Session 4 - Gifts from Other Times

July 23 - Sessions 5 & 6 - How Then Should We Live? Hallmarks of Emergence

July 30 - Confirmation reception

Each session begins with a video presentation by Phyllis Tickle, lasting from 10-15 minutes. Phyllis’s presentation is followed by a time of conversation and discussion led by a lay or clergy facilitator.

Phyllis Tickle was founding editor of the religion department of Publisher’s Weekly. She was frequently quoted in print sources like USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and NY Times as well as in electronic media like PBS, NPR, Hallmark Channel and innumerable blogs and websites. She was an authority on religion in America and a much sought after lecturer and workshop leader. In addition to lectures and numerous essays, Phyllis was the author of over two dozen books in religions and spirituality.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 4, 2018, when Jon Sweeney, Phyllis’s collaborator, will be at Calvary to talk about his new biography of Phyllis and share insights about her life and work at our adult forum in the Great Hall.

Come join us for a summer of Phyllis Tickle!


Welcome Classes
Led by one of our Calvary clergy, this is the best place to start your journey at Calvary. These classes are a great way to get to know Calvary’s history, ministries, and community better. Look for specific dates announced in the weekly bulletins and our electronic newsletter, the E-pistle.

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Wednesday Evenings: Koinonia


Faith and Current Events: Jan. 4-May 17
Calvary parishioner Matt Seltzer leads a timely discussion that looks at how we as faithful people can both respond to and shape the events happening in our community, nation, and world.

Special Faith and Current Events Class on Preventing Gun Violence: April 26 in Mural Room, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Representatives of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense will offer Be SMART, an educational gun safety and storage presentation for adults. The presentation, endorsed by the national PTA and the TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security, is extremely practical and completely apolitical. As there are 2 million children living in homes with unsecured guns in our country and we have already had an unintentional shooting of a child in Memphis this year, safe gun storage is an important and urgent issue for all adults. We will learn ways to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in our community and country. 


Discovery Class: April 19 - May 17
is designed to give Calvary newcomers and members the opportunity to explore our Episcopal tradition and connect with others in the Calvary community. This course will be co-led by the Rev. Buddy Stallings and the Rev. Neil Raman. This year in the context of the broad conversation about values currently occurring in our society, we will examine what it is that makes us who and how we are as people of faith, looking particularly at how our Anglican faith and practice shape our response to the world. Learn or be reminded of how prayer in the form of common worship informs our actions in the world. Conversation will be lively and open-ended. While some answers will emerge, learning to live creatively and hopefully in the presence of sacred questions is our deepest hope. Dinner will be served in the Great Hall at 6 p.m. ($6) and the class will end by 7:30 p.m. A nursery for children 5 and under will be available while we meet. Contact Ebet Peeples by Friday, April 14, to sign up.


Education for Ministry, Sept. 7-Dec. 14
6:15-8:30 p.m.

Education for Ministry is a four-year, intensive learning experience for adults. In a seminar setting, participants study the Bible, church history, theology, and contemporary church issues. Learning to think theologically is also a core component of the program. EfM was created at the University of the South, and its curriculum is a distillation of that which is used in the Seminary at the University. Participants learn the theological disciplines as well as the application of this knowledge in their lives. Students are asked to commit to one year at a time. To learn more, contact Betty Jo Dulaney.

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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 Liz Browne.

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.

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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