The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA


Sundays and During the Week

By virtue of our baptism, all of us are called to ministry, whether ordained or not. Our adult education offerings seek to help us live into that call, through teaching about our Scriptures, traditions, practices; cultivating skills for ministry; engaging together in theological reflection and crucial conversations; and building communities of spiritual support. Sunday classes start at 10:10 a.m. Contact Canon Cathy Zappa, 404-365-1043, if you have questions about Adult Education.



Faithful Conversations

Sundays this summer, join Canons Cathy Zappa and Lauren Holder as we engage in Faithful Conversations. Each week, we will invite a member of our community to sit down with us and talk with us about faith and society in a real and personal way. Our hope is that the courage our conversation partners bring to our discussions will equip us to go “out into the world to do the work God has given us to do.” Complementing this class will be a series of service opportunities—stay tuned!

June 3: Canon Zappa and Canon Holder will interview one another about how they view outreach in the life of the church, the community at large, and in their own stories. 

June 10: Canon Holder will interview Deacon Juan Sandoval and Graham Younger of Faith in Public Life about how our faith life intersects with immigration.

June 17: Canon Holder will interview the Rev. Monica Mainwaring of Church of the Common Ground about worshipping with homelessness.

June 24: Canon Holder will interview Tony Johns of Crossroads Community Ministries about responding to homelessness with faith.

July 1: Canon Zappa will interview Chris Kelly and Marquetta Thomas, who will share about their experiences with incarceration and reentry into society after prison, as well as faith and ministry.

July 8: Canon Zappa will interview David Burge and Susan Casey about their experiences with the death penalty.

July 15: Canon Zappa will interview Elie Haynes, a representative for Eternal Hope in Haiti, and Natalie Spangler, a rising senior at the Cathedral, about their experiences with ministry in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

July 22: Canon Zappa will interview the Rev. Dr. Bill Harkins about his work in mental health and his thoughts about how religion, psychology, and justice inform each other.

July 29: Canon Holder will speak with Kate Kennedy, the founder and Executive Director of The Boyce L. Ansley School for children experiencing homelessness.

August 5: Canon Holder will interview Tiffany Banks, our long-time partner at Buckhead Christian Ministries (BCM). Tiffany will talk to us about how her faith informs her work with BCM, while also responding to questions about how BCM is restructuring some of its services to be more respectful of and responsive to people in need.


Our True Selves (Room 240)

The Rev. Dr. Thee Smith leads this series of co-listening classes that aim to enhance our personal, interpersonal, and intergroup ability to be fully ourselves—our true, worthy, and estimable selves. In Christian perspective we are most truly ourselves in community with others; just as God is One-in-Three persons, and human persons are created in the image of God. However, to live true to our best selves we need to have our minds clear of distressing thoughts and feelings that often attach in negative ways to other persons. We all possess a ready resource for doing this: taking turns listening to each another with awareness and skill. So that’s what this class is for: exploring the theory and practice of genuine listening—listening with skilled awareness that can focus on everyday experiences, or range through tough political issues to include a vast variety of life choices and faith matters. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith, 404-727-0636.


The Enjoyment of Biblical Greek (Room 356—Sundays, 1:15–2:45 p.m.)

Open to beginners, this class includes long-term members who who use translation aids including lexicons and commentaries to enjoy how probing the Greek of New Testament texts adds nuance and depth to reading Holy Scripture. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith, 404-727-0636.


Small Group Bible Study (Room 122)

Jim Bingham and Gordon Mathis lead an ongoing small group Bible Study focusing on a particular book of the Bible for several months at a time. This year, we will read the book of Genesis. For more information, please contact Jim Bingham, 404-373-3273.



During the Week


The Dean's Men's Bible Study (7–8 a.m., Room 319)

This group meets every Tuesday morning to read and study scripture, to share faith stories, and to support each other in prayer. Sam Candler, the Dean of the Cathedral, usually leads the group; all men are invited, whether Cathedral members or not.

Early Morning Women's Bible Study (7–8 a.m., Walthour Library)

All women are welcome to this group led by Canons Cathy Zappa and Carolynne Williams; drop in when you can.


The Dean's Women's Bible Study (10:45–11:45 a.m., Room 319)

This group meets Wednesday mornings to read and study scripture, to share faith stories, and to support each other in prayer. Dean Candler usually leads the group and coffee is available. All women are invited, whether Cathedral members or not.

Eat Your Word Bible Study (noon–1 p.m., Room 380)

Please bring your lunch and be ready for a lively conversation!



Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry is a four-year program of theological study and reflection. Groups meet to discuss scripture, church history, and theology and the intersection of these areas in their personal experience. The program is coordinated through the University of the South and is based throughout the United States and abroad.  Clickhere for more information. 

EfM costs approximately $350 each year in the Diocese of Atlanta, but scholarship assistance is sometimes available. (Contact the group mentor.) It starts each year in September and concludes in May. 

There are currently two EfM groups meeting at the Cathedral:
Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

This group is mostly comprised of All Saints parishioners, but several Cathedral members belong to this group. Ethel Ware is the mentor.

Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

This multi-parish group is co-mentored by Jane Elliott, 404-291-2234, and Rick Tyler, 404-375-6470.



Book Groups and Monthly Groups

Hart Readers at the Cathedral Book Store

First Wednesday of each month
On first Wednesdays, from 6:30–7:30 p.m., readers from the church and the broader community gather around the Cathedral Book Store, to discuss contemporary books and issues from a theological perspective. Discussions are facilitated by various clergy and lay teachers.

Bill's Book Club (BBC)

First Sunday of each month
Every first Sunday, a merry band of readers gathers in Walthour Library to explore books together and plumb their depths for spiritual growth. The group is facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Bill Harkins. For more information, contact Ruth Marley.

Sons of Thunder: Men's Breakfast and Bible Study

Sons of Thunder meet monthly for breakfast, discussion, and fellowship. All men are welcome! Each session stands on its own, so come when your schedule permits. For more information, contact Canon George Maxwell.

Co-listening Classes

Co-listening is a simple but powerful practice where two people take turns listening to each other without interruption. Confidentiality and peer-coaching skills make it safer to share as fully as possible. Learning to listen effectively helps release us from distresses rooted in the past and renews our ability to think and function powerfully with care for ourselves and others. Introductory sessions are free and require no commitment; classes are offered on a sliding scale. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith or visit



Special Events

Jane Baird Lecture (September 21, 2017)

This year, the Cathedral Book Store welcomes Carl McColman as the speaker for the Jane Baird Lecture, to speak about “Living into the Future of Christian Spirituality.” Carl is a contemplative writer, speaker, and retreat leader who is committed to helping individuals and faith communities deepen their relationship with God through prayer and silence. He is the author of several books, including Befriending Silence, Christian Mystics, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, and Answering the Contemplative Call. For more information or to register, contact the Cathedral Book Store, or 404-237-7582.

Spirituality Conference (October 28, 2017)

For our 2017 spirituality conference, Barbara Brown Taylor will explore with us how religious pluralism challenges and deepens Christian identity in a world of many (and no) faiths. Barbara is a college professor, renowned preacher, Episcopal priest, and best-selling author. Her publications include the influential books Leaving Church and Learning to Walk in the Dark. This day-long conference includes lectures, discussion, book-signing, and lunch.

“The Heart of Centering Prayer”: A Conference with Cynthia Bourgeault (March 17, 2018)

In this one-day conference, Cynthia will explore the themes of her book, The Heart of Centering Prayer, including the Christian contemplative tradition, non-duality, and the practice and Christian sources of centering prayer. This conference is offered in partnership with Contemplative Outreach. Registration will open in January 2018.