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.
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.Find out more »
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-arttheFind out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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.…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
Newcomers classes offer an opportunity for you to get to know Calvary better. For more information, email Ebet Peeples.
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.
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 (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.
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.