Writer and public theologian (and upcoming Lenten Preacher) Brian McLaren encourages congregations to imagine that they are schools for love. He describes churches as “each a locally and globally engaged school of love, teaching future generations to discover, practice, and live in love: love for our neighbor, love for ourselves, love for all creatures and all creation—all comprising love for God, who is all in all in all.”
Come back to school this fall and enroll in a school for love. Through classes, small groups, and regular worship at Calvary, we can learn to be lovers of this world, of each other, and of God. In outreach, in song, and in fellowship, we can fall more deeply in love with life.
This fall, there are opportunities to learn more about the dynamic and sometimes difficult work of love. We will explore ways to love the world through a wide range of callings: in our work, through racial reconciliation, in prayer practices, in parenting and family life, and through the arts. We’ll meet individuals who are devoted to shaping the future of Memphis and folks who are committed to the future of Calvary. There are worthwhile classes for children and youth and ways for households of all shapes and sizes to explore love and faithfulness at this moment in history. If you’re ready to talk about things that matter and to fall back in love with the world around you, be here when the bell rings—the school for love at Calvary is in session.
Past Events › Adult Formation
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.Find out more »
Dr. Mitzi Minor, beloved teacher, and Biblical scholar, returns to Calvary to share two Sundays in the Easter season with us. She poignantly asks, "if Jesus' resurrection is possible, then what else might be possible?" Join her for a spiritually enlightening conversation about how we are called to live differently in light of the Easter story.Find out more »
The Calvary Book Group will discuss Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross on Tuesday, May 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Nina Grice. In June, the group will discuss The Sentence by Louise Erdrich. Contact Molly Polatty for more information.Find out more »
April 20: In this Easter season, we reflect on the Christian understanding that “life is changed, not ended.” The Rev. Paul McLain begins a series of conversations with a hopeful conversation about life and death and life after death. April 27: Our Burial liturgies are shaped by our Easter hope. Join the Rev. Paul McLain for a conversation about the gift of planning your own funeral - it’s actually a remarkably life-giving conversation! May 11: Why wait until the end…Find out more »
July Gatherings: Are you reeling from the news? Throughout July, we will offer opportunities to find companionship in the whirlwind. Come to Calvary at any of the following times for prayer and conversation about recent news and events. Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, brown bag lunch at 12:30, following the noon Healing Eucharist. You are welcome to come for the service, or the gathering, or both. Wednesday evening, July 20, small bites and beverages provided at 6:00. More gatherings may…Find out more »
Join the Calvary community in the Great Hall on Wednesday, July 27, from 6-9 p.m. to watch DreamWorks Animation's The Prince of Egypt (rated PG). This is the culmination of our Sunday morning study of the Book of Exodus (but attendance at the Sunday morning class is not required!). All ages are welcome. Nursery will be available for ages 0-5 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. A dinner of hamburger and hot dog sliders, along with chips and lemonade, will be…Find out more »
Exploring Exodus: a summer-long Bible study Join Calvary clergy as they lead an exploration of the Book of Exodus this summer, beginning June 12. Scott, Katherine, Paul, and Mimsy will guide discussions on the burning bush, plagues, Passover, and more during this series. No advance preparation is required! June 12: Exploring Exodus 1 & 2: We begin at the beginning. We will read the launch of the story and Moses’ birth narrative. Join the Rev. Katherine Bush for a…Find out more »
Episcopal missionary Thomas Wright rode into town 190 years ago, and Memphis has never been the same. Please join architect Charles Shipp and storyteller Jill Piper for a journey back to the early days of Calvary's formative years...and a few anecdotes since then.Find out more »
This summer, Scott Walters will lead a weekly discussion on Zoom about a short chapter from Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith by Kathleen Norris. An online article, a poem, or who knows what else (we call these additions “gleanings”) may be added as additional discussion fodder. Classes are on Zoom from 12 to 1 p.m. each Thursday through September 1. Contact Scott at email@example.com to join the Gleanings email list and receive the weekly reading and Zoom link. All are…Find out more »
You can’t even imagine all the ways to be connected at Calvary! Come and learn about how to serve at Calvary and in Memphis, how to connect and have fun with parishioners, and how to grow in faith. From 9:15 - 10:15, and following the 10:30 service, we’ll have booths, treats, and information about the fullness of life in this place.Find out more »