The Cathedral of St. Philip - Atlanta, GA

Adult Education

Descriptions for all current classes can be found at stphilipscathedral.org/learn.

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! We will meet at 10:10 a.m. in Child Hall, starting June 3.

Brad Gordon to Lead Lunch and Learn

M. Brad Gordon, Cathedral parishioner and a senior Human Resources leader with Lockheed Martin, will discuss the “Ministry of Presence at Work,” as part of the fall “Ministry of Presence” lunch and learn series, Wednesday, October 11, from noon–1 p.m. Please join Brad as he facilitates an engaging discussion on the role of work in Christian life and the power of presence at work give new meaning to your work to positively impact your life and the lives of your colleagues. Stop by the Cathedral kitchen to purchase lunch from Flora & Flour!

Creativity and Spirituality Book Group

Join us to explore our creativity using the book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert (available at the Cathedral Book Store). We’ll meet on Wednesday mornings, September 6 – October 11, 10–11:30 a.m. in Room 120. In addition to exploring what the book illuminates for us, we’ll also use our time together to engage in a variety of spiritual and creative practices. If possible, plan on a $10 materials fee. Please sign up by September 1 by contacting Jeannie Mahood.

The Caregiver Rollercoaster

This Sunday, July 23 at 10:10 a.m., Ellen Sichel will lead the summer series on “The Caregiver Rollercoaster: How to Have a Smoother Ride with the Ups, Downs, and Loop-the-Loops of Caring For Others.” Sichel is a teacher, speaker and author who is tired of stress and pain reduction being so darn complicated. When you’re overwhelmed by daily pain or high stress, you don’t need another complex thing to do — you need quick and useful solutions that actually work!

End of Life Decisions

The Cathedral’s pastoral care team will present a two-week session on “End of Life Decisions: Preparations for the Final Celebration of Life” on two Sunday mornings, May 7 and 14, at 10:10 a.m. in Walthour Library. Led by Canon Carolynne Williams and attorney Richard Perry, the class will look at issues relating to death and dying, funeral planning and financial planning. Attendees are encouraged to come to both sessions. To pre-register, please contact Jeannie Mahood, 404-365-1034.

Reimagining Charity and Service

Our adult series will explore the concepts of charity, service, and poverty; consider new paradigms relating to charity; and invite reflection on our own practices relating to these areas: what seems to be working, what doesn’t, and where do we go from here? The series will be led by Canon Cathy Zappa and others, with a special presentation on March 19 by Shawn Duncan. Shawn is a teacher, preacher, and community organizer, and is the director of training and education at Focused Community Strategies (FCS), an organization with almost 40 years of experience transforming underserved neighborhoods in Atlanta.

Adult Confirmation Class in the Dean’s Forum

Confirmation in the Episcopal Church is a “mature public affirmation of faith and commitment to the responsibilities of Baptism.” If you are new to the Episcopal Church or simply have a desire to find out more about the Church and this Cathedral parish, come learn with us this semester. This class is coordinated by Canon Wallace Marsh and taught in rotation by Dean Sam Candler and various Cathedral clergy, with occasional guest speakers.

End of Life Decisions

The Cathedral’s pastoral care team will present a two-week session on “End of Life Decisions: Preparations for the Final Celebration of Life” on two Sunday mornings, September 18 and 25, at 10:10 a.m. in Walthour Library. Led by Canon Todd Smelser and attorney Richard Perry, the class will look at issues relating to death and dying, funeral planning and financial planning. Attendees are encouraged to come to both sessions. To pre-register, please contact Jeannie Mahood, jmahood@stphilipscathedral.org or 404-365-1034.

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry (EfM) is a program of the School of Theology of the University of the South. Participants commit one year at a time to meet weekly in seminars led by a mentor trained in studying the Bible, church history, and theology while also developing a wonderful community of members. There is a weekly lesson and study guide but no tests or papers to prepare. A few spaces are available for an EfM class that begins Tuesday, September 13. The class meets in the Lanier House on Tuesday nights, 7-9:30 p.m. For more information and enrollment forms, contact Rick Tyler, 404-375-6470, or Deirdra Glover, 770-865-2141.

Falling Upward: A Spiritual Reading Group

You will be thrilled to know that you can learn more by doing things wrong than by doing them right! Richard Rohr, the well-known spiritual writer, explores this mystery in his book, Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. Rohr suggests that the first half of life is about establishing our identity, but as we grow older, we need to find a way to see ourselves in a more life-giving way. We need to learn how to integrate the suffering, mistakes, and loss of control that we inevitably experience. And, it is here that we learn that falling down is a necessary part of the process of moving upward!

Antiques Show Beneficiary to Speak

Next Sunday, August 28, at 10:10 a.m., the Dean's Forum and Old Fashioned Sunday School will kick off the year in a combined class in Child Hall to hear from representatives from First Step Staffing, the beneficiary of the 2017 Cathedral Antiques Show. They will give a presentation on the causes of poverty and homelessness in Atlanta. First Step Staffing works to secure sustainable income for individuals transitioning from homelessness, regardless of their ability to work, because steady and sustainable income is the only permanent, reliable path out of homelessness.

Dean's Women's Bible Study - Summer 2016

This summer, the Dean's Women's Bible Study will read Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine. Levine is a professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is an engaging teacher and writer (you might have heard/seen her lecturing here in town or in one of the Great Courses series). The book offers fresh studies of parables we have all heard many times, seeking to show us how to hear these stories “through an imagined set of first-century Jewish ears” (as Jesus’ listeners would have heard them), and how to translate them so that they can be heard still speaking today.

Fall Class on “The Way of Prayer”

If you are interested in going deeper in prayer, with the support of a spiritual community, consider participating in our fall offering, “The Way of Prayer.” This 11-week course, facilitated by Cathedral member and long-time church educator Bonnie Lamberth, will combine the study and practice of prayer with group spiritual direction. The group will meet Wednesday mornings, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., from September 7 – November 16. For more information, email lamberthb@bellsouth.net.

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