Faith formation classes are offered for adults, children, and youth on Sunday mornings, following the 10 a.m. worship service. See children and youth classes.
Jan. 5: The church has always been splitting
The Rev. Amber Carswell
Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians holds some of our most beloved and heart-warming passages of Scripture. However, it was written to a contentious, deeply divided community. Join Amber in reading other people’s mail and drawing out a context and message as relevant now as ever.
Jan. 12: Peaceful Neighbor: The Radical Countercultural Theology of Mister Rogers
The Rev. Paul McLain
Could it be that the prophet who best speaks to this polarized, secularized, and transactional time wore a cardigan and sneakers? Fred Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister, and although he rarely shared his religious convictions on his children’s television program, he fervently believed in a God who accepts us as we are and who desires a world marked by peace and wholeness. With this progressive spirituality as his inspiration, Rogers used his program as a platform for sharing countercultural beliefs about caring nonviolently for one another, animals, and the earth. Join Paul McLain as we explore the imaginative incarnational theology of Mister Rogers. Come, won’t you be my neighbor?
Jan. 19: Health Care Directives and You
Currently, the mortality rate for human beings is holding right at 100%. Even considering that, not many of us take the time to spell out our wishes for end-of-life issues, leaving the guesswork to family members who may have very different ideas of what we would wish. All people who will someday die are invited to a session led by Sherry Compton, who will help us understand and complete our health care directives.
Jan. 26: Annual Meeting
The Rev. Scott Walters
Calvary’s annual meeting is Sunday, Jan. 26, at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall. The 2020 budget will be presented, outgoing vestry members thanked, Lenten Preaching Series speakers announced, and Rector Scott Walters will give a report on some of the wonderful happenings around Calvary in 2019, as well as some exciting announcements about what’s to come in 2020.
Feb. 2 and 9: Being Reconciled in the Midst of the Immigration Law Maze
It’s not easy to be reconciled to the place you dream will be your adopted country. Join retired immigration judge Charlie Pazar and retired immigration lawyer Jack Richbourg as they outline the challenges of the immigration law system in the United States and explore ways churches can offer a helpful, faithful, and welcoming response to those who wish to become our newest citizens, neighbors, and parishioners.
Feb. 9 – March 8: Book study: On Being Liked
Paige Whittle, Amber Carswell, and Scott Walters
With questions of religion and homosexuality on the front pages, and debates raging about the nature of marriage and the ordination of priests, James Alison invites us into deep, lucid reflection about God, the wonder of creation, and the way that God not only loves but likes every one of us. All are welcome to this book study in preparation for James Alison’s visit during the Lenten Preaching Series.
Feb. 16: Reconciling Spaces: a conversation with Carol Coletta
Carol Coletta is president and CEO of the Memphis River Parks Partnership and cares deeply about public spaces. Join us for a conversation about how shared spaces can contribute to a city’s work toward being reconciled. Carol’s extensive past experience includes leading the Chicago based CEOs for Cities as well as the start up of ArtPlace, a collaboration among foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions that works to enlist artists as allies in planning and developing equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities based in Brooklyn, New York.
Feb. 23: Building Reconciliation
The Rev. Scott Walters and the Rev. Buddy Stallings
The work of being reconciled touches all aspects of life if we’re faithful to the arc of scripture and the teachings of Jesus. Relationships with God, neighbor, stranger, self, and creation are all themes in the Bible. Drawing on experiences in churches from Mississippi to Manhattan Buddy Stallings and Scott Walters will talk about how the buildings, parking lots, and public spaces on Calvary’s block affect us in our work to be reconciled to one another and to downtown Memphis.
March 1: The Episcopal Youth Community
What’s it like to attend a gathering of the Episcopal Youth Community at Calvary? Join a lively, hands-on forum to experience Calvary through the activities of its younger members. Led by Calvary Director of Youth Ministries Gabbie Munn.
March 8: A Look at the Brooks
The collection of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art includes around 10,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of global human history. Come meet the human that looks after them, Dr. Rosamund Garrett, who will speak about two of her most recent acquisitions for the museum, Balthazar and the Head of Judas Iscariot.
March 22: Turning from Retribution to Restoration
This two-part series will explore theories and practices of restorative justice within the context of a mass incarceration society. We’ll investigate what is going on in our criminal justice system, asking how we came to incarcerate people in our city, state, and country at higher rates than in most other places around the world. We’ll unpack a theology of restorative justice as an alternative to vengeance and punishment, and we will shine a light on initiatives designed to promote healing in communities. In the second week, we will focus on restorative practices, modeling experiences of restorative justice during our time together.
March 22, 29, and April 5: Discovery Class
The Rev. Amber Carswell and Ebet Peeples
Beginning Sunday, March 15, the Rev. Amber Carswell will lead the Discovery Class, three weeks of conversations about the Episcopal Church. If you’re fairly new to Calvary and interested in learning more about the Episcopal faith, a good next step would be to attend this class. You’ll learn some of the basics of what we do here and why we do it, plus have a chance to mull over your thoughts and questions with a clergy-person in the company of other newcomers. All you’re required to bring is yourself and your story and an openness to the experiences of other people who say their prayers here with us week after week. RSVP to Ebet Peeples at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901.312.5201 by Thursday, March 12.
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