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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. 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.

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December 2021

Developments and Dilemmas in Gene Technology

December 5, 2021 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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What is CRISPR? How has recent work in gene editing and gene therapy changed our lives? What will be the bioethical implications for us and for future generations to come? Dr. Bill Walker, former lead research immunology scientist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will enlighten us about this powerful scientific breakthrough and there will be plenty of time for questions.

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Art & the Heart

December 11, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave.
Memphis, TN 38117 United States
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From time to time Calvary parishioners and friends will meet up around town to see where the arts meet our hearts.  Join the Rev. Katherine Bush on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 1:00 p.m. at the Dixon Gallery & Gardens to walk through "Black Artists in America; from the Depression to Civil Rights" and then reflect on what we've seen. Admission is free! Bring a friend! Sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0F4EACAE29A4FB6-artthe

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The Call of Advent

December 12, 2021 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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Former Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith speaks with a confident voice about the beauty and the strangeness of this world.  She’s not quite John the Baptist, but she does call to us to look again at our lives, our lives with others, and our lives with God. Join the Rev. Katherine Bush for a look at the work of Smith during this holy season. Download the handout for Sunday's class.

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Advent Unbound In-Person

December 15, 2021 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 16, 2021

Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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An open and casual Wednesday night conversation with the Rev. Katherine Bush in the Emison Room for three weeks. We'll use the "Advent Unbound" readings as a starting point and see where it takes us. Come whether you've read or listened or not to recenter in this busy season.

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Getting Involved With God: Rediscovering the Old Testament

December 15, 2021 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, repeating until December 16, 2021

Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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The beloved biblical scholar Ellen Davis will preach at Calvary’s Lenten Preaching Series in 2022. Her book, Getting Involved with God, is an accessible, creative engagement with the great stories of the Hebrew Scriptures. Its premise is that the stories are not simply historical artifacts, but sources of wisdom for lives like ours, especially as we think about what it means to live and pray more intentionally, and deepen our connection to God along the way. Join Scott Walters for…

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Wendell Berry: Nativity, Incarnation, & the Givenness of Things

December 19, 2021 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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Among other things, Wendell Berry is a farmer, poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and Christian, not necessarily in that order. As we approach the Feast of the Nativity, we'll explore themes in a few of Berry's vivid and accessible poems that can help ground our spiritual lives in this given world into which Jesus was born.

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January 2022

Conflict and Healing in the Modern Middle East

January 9 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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with Beverly Tsacoyianis, Professor, University of Memphis You probably heard that the conflict in Israel and Palestine has been in the news again this summer, but are you familiar with the ways in which the political, cultural, religious, and historical dimensions of this and other conflicts in the modern Middle East connect? Join University of Memphis professor Beverly Tsacoyianis as we discuss conflicts plaguing the region and some modes of healing—emotional, religious, medical, social, and even political—developing in these regions…

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Searching for Sunday

January 12 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:15 pm on Wednesday, repeating until February 24, 2022

Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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with the Rev. Katherine Bush | January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 in the Library Using Rachel Held Evans’ memoir Searching for Sunday, this class will offer a time to consider our own stories in light of the stories and sacraments of the church. Evans makes connections between the ancient stories and rituals and her life in the 21st century, and she’ll help us do the same. Bonus—her voice is both irreverent and beautiful. The Rev.…

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Gleanings

January 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until May 27, 2022

When writer Kathleen Norris returned to church after decades away, the language of Christianity was a barrier. “Judgment,” “sinner,” “dogma,” “salvation,” were all part of the faith’s “scary vocabulary.” Norris’s wrestling with those words became a book that’s remained in print for more than 20 years. Each week, a short chapter (2-3 pages) from Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith will provide the theme, to which we may add an online article, a poem, or who knows what else (we…

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This Changed Me

January 16 @ 9:15 am - 10:15 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:15 am on Sunday, repeating until January 24, 2022

Calvary Episcopal Church, 102 North 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38103 United States
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Jan. 16: Scott Walters, Paul McLain, Katherine Bush, Mimsy Jones Jan. 23: Sally & Dalton Lyon, Tim Huebner, Elizabeth Crosby Epiphany is the season of celebrating those moments when we come to see the world more clearly or, perhaps, differently. Come hear the stories of the movies, songs, books, and encounters that changed the hearts and minds of Calvary parishioners and clergy. And be encouraged to examine your own life’s experiences that shaped the way you understand God and the world…

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Newcomers Class

Newcomers classes offer an opportunity for you to get to know Calvary better. For more information, email Ebet Peeples.

Grief Support Group

The Grief Support Group offers healing and hope after the death of a loved one or another form of loss. This is done through mutual sharing in a small group setting. The group meets every other Thursday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. over Zoom. Those interested in receiving the Zoom link for the group are encouraged to contact Paul McLain.

Podcast Episodes

This podcast series features Lenten Preaching Series speakers and other faith leaders, authors, and creative thinkers around the world. Search for Calvary Episcopal Church on your favorite podcast app or go to calvarymemphis.org/podcast.

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) invites participants into small, mentored groups that provide the framework for understanding life and shaping actions as Christian faith is deepened. EfM seminar groups meet in local settings and online and provide a four-year curriculum that develops a theologically informed, reflective, and articulate laity.

Calvary has two EfM groups. Both groups meet at Calvary from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Richard Hendricks if you are interested in joining the Wednesday night group and Ashton Anderson if you are interested in the Tuesday night group.

Baguette Brothers

A men’s Bible study that meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at Barth House (409 Patterson Street) and Zoom. Contact the Rev. Paul McLain for more information.

 

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