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 do our scriptures, Christian tradition, and Calvary's own story have to teach us about the art of Christian welcome? More specifically, as some of us return after a long time away, and others arrive for the very first time, what does it mean to extend and receive Christian welcome at Calvary in the fall of 2021 after a year and a half of various forms of separation? Join Scott Walters as we explore these questions together. Bring your kids,…Find out more »
When life blindsides us with unexpected events, how can we use those upheavals to deepen our spirituality? During the disruptions of the past months, spiritual director and author Linda Douty Mischke has observed some creative and surprising responses in the lives of those around her. She will share some of those stories and suggest ways that we can glean insights for a new “normal” through the lessons of these “abnormal” times. Join us in person at 9:15 a.m. in the…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 »
The great leaders of the Old and New Testament each experienced a crisis of identity. Moses lived between two worlds, Egyptian and Hebrew, and was not fully at home in either place. Peter, an uneducated fisherman, became “the rock” on which Christ would build his church, but also denied he knew Jesus three times. Peter wrestled with identity questions on whether and under what terms Gentiles would be welcome as Christians. Both their stories help us unravel who we are…Find out more »
Scott & Ardelle Walters Begins Wednesday, September 8, at 6:15 p.m., in the Library Frederick Buechner memorably wrote, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." Over the centuries, Christians have developed some countercultural language about the work one does in the world. Being people of an incarnational faith, rather than disembodied spirituality, we believe that the Christian life should affect our understanding and practices in all aspects of…Find out more »
“Theology is a place and a story.” So begins Serene Jones’s book Call it Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World. She draws on her Oklahoma roots and her historic journey to become president of Union Theological Seminary in New York to see God at work in our world. Serene makes complex teachings around hatred, forgiveness, mercy, justice, death, sin, and grace understandable and applicable for our times. The Rev. Paul McLain will guide us in a 5-week discussion of…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.