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Sunday Mornings

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.

February 10
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.

March 10
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.

March 17
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.

March 24
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.

April 14
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.

April 28
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.

May 12
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.

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Wednesday Evenings

Calvary’s Wednesday evening program of dinner, worship, classes, and choir rehearsals is offered during the fall, winter, and spring. Check the calendar for updates and come and enjoy these Wednesday evening offerings:

 5:15–6:15 p.m. Dinner/Mural Room
 5:30–7:30 p.m. Childcare for children ages 0–5/Orgill Room
 6:15–8:30 p.m. Education for Ministry (EfM)
 6:15–7:00 p.m. St. Cecilia Choir (Grades K–2) and
Boys and Girls Choir (Grades 3 and up)
 6:15–7:30 p.m. EpiscoPals (Grades K–5)
 6:30–7:30 p.m. Wed. Night EYC (Grades 6–12)
 6:30–7:30 p.m. Adult Classes
 6:30–7:30 p.m. Calvary Ringers (handbells)
 7:00–9:00 p.m. Calvary Choir
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.

Making Space for Spiritual Growth through Yoga
Great Hall: 6:30–7:30 p.m.

A winter yoga series for all levels. Each class will have a different theme related to making space for spiritual growth, and we’ll wrap up with a team-taught class led by several of our Calvary yoga teachers. Facilitated by Molly Crenshaw, Michelle Fulmer, Sharon Thorpe, Susan Waits, and Ardelle Walters.

  • Jan. 16: The Space of Sacred Community
  • Jan. 23: Creating Space through Gratitude
  • Jan. 30: Personal Spiritual Space
  • Feb. 6: Space for Healing
  • Feb. 13: Space for Contentment
  • Feb. 20: The Power of Saying No
  • Feb. 27: Team-Taught Closing Class
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. 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
Fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in a 
group member’s home

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.  The Calvary Book Group meets at a Calvary parishioner’s home on the last Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

Education for Ministry
Tuesday or Wednesday Evenings, 6:15–8:30 at Calvary

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 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 to 8:30 during the months of September through May.

Men’s Bible Study: La Baguette Bible Brothers
Thursdays, 7:30–8:30 a.m. at La Baguette 

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!

Women’s Bible Study
Thursdays, 10:30–11:30 a.m. at Calvary

The Thursday morning women’s Bible meets in the Emison Room at Calvary every Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Led by the Rev. Amber Carswell, this group is currently studying 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
Thursdays, 
12:15–12:45 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church

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.

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