Faith formation classes are offered for adults, children, and youth on Sunday mornings, following the 10 a.m. worship service.
The Adult Christian Formation Committee (ACF) is a lay-led group that seeks to nurture the faith and spiritual growth of the Calvary community through inspirational and challenging formation offerings for adults. The ACF plans classes for adults for both Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings at Calvary. Classes are led by clergy, lay volunteers, and guest speakers from local colleges, seminaries, churches, synagogues, and non-profit organizations. All adult classes are open to the adult community as a whole.
See children and youth classes.
January 13–February 24
Book Study in Emison Room: Facilitated by Scott Walters, Tim Huebner, Paul McLain, and others
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.
February 10–March 3
The Meaning of Life: The Rev. Katherine Bush
Drawing from her popular class at St. Mary’s, the Rev. Katherine Bush will lead four sessions that 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. Feb. 10: Vocation, Feb. 17: Pain, Feb. 24: Relationships, and March 3: Joy.
Parents’ Group: Facilitated by Ardelle Walters
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.
Climate Change and What I Can Do About It: Dave Rupke and Matt Seltzer
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.
The Rule of Benedict and Hospitality: Dr. Emily Holmes
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.
Called to Grow at St. Columba: Brad Thompson
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 and promote direct connections between St. Columba’s expanding camp and hospitality ministries and Calvary’s “Welcoming the Stranger” adult forum theme.
March 31 & April 7
A Homelessness Primer: Pat Morgan
Author, activist, and Calvary parishioner Pat Morgan will lead a conversation on everything you need to know about homelessness and homeless people in Memphis. In part two of her presentation, Pat Morgan will examine national issues, including the legislation that has resulted in “collateral damage” and the criminalization of homelessness both locally and nationally.
Holy Week: Paul McLain
This week marks the holiest week of our Christian calendar. Associate Rector Paul McClain leads a discussion of this part of our church calendar and its significance in history and our lives.
The Politics and Polity of the Episcopal Church: Amber Carswell
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.
Welcoming the Stranger: Scott Walters
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.