Sunday Morning Classes | Wednesday Evening Classes | Small Groups
Faith formation classes are offered on Sunday mornings following the 10 a.m. worship service and on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. All adult classes are open to the adult community as a whole. This openness allows people to choose classes rather than be placed in them.
Rector's Forum: Remembering and Responding to April 4, 2018
On April 4, 2018, Calvary held a “Service of Remembrance and Reconciliation” that honored the men, women, and children who were bought and sold on the Calvary block in the mid-1800s, and a new historical marker telling the fuller truth about our block was unveiled. Calvary has captured the service and unveiling and all that led up to them in a short film that we will watch together. And then we will consider what the power and sacredness of that day call us to in the days to come.
Rector's Forum: Welcoming the Stranger
Since our Annual Meeting on January 21, Calvary has been reflecting and acting on what it means to welcome the stranger into our midst in all that we do. How does such a focus affect our worship, our outreach, our study, our fellowship, our love of the arts and beauty? How does it affect what kind of neighbor Calvary will be as our neighborhood seems poised for significant growth and change in the years to come? In this Rector’s Forum, the Rev. Scott Walters will talk about what a focus on the stranger might call Calvary to do and be this fall, leaving time for your questions and reflections as well.
Bristol Choral Residency
This summer, members of the Calvary adult and children's choirs traveled to England and served as choir-in-residence for a week at the historic Bristol Cathedral. Kristin Lensch, organist-choirmaster of Calvary, will give reflections and insights on their travels and the offerings of praise at home and abroad.
De-Segregating the Church
We all know that during the 1960s civil rights activists staged sit-ins at lunch counters. But did you know that during the same time determined Christians held “kneel-ins” to desegregate all-white churches in the South? Join Stephen Haynes, professor of religious studies at Rhodes College, and Dalton Lyon, chair of the history department at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, as they jointly discuss their respective books on the campaigns to desegregate Sunday morning worship services in Memphis and in Jackson, Mississippi. The stories they tell reveal a bit about how the church has struggled—and perhaps still struggles—to open its doors to all of God’s children.
In Context: The Negro Motorist Green Book and Coming of Age During Jim Crow
Published from 1936-1964, The Negro Motorist Green Book directed African-Americans to places of safety during their travels by car, train, or bus. This talk will draw from the memoirs of African-American Arkansans to contextualize notions of danger and safety from the perspective of their lives as children. Carmen Lanos Williams is a doctoral candidate in Arkansas State University’s Heritage Studies Program. Her dissertation project, tentatively titled “Arkansas in the African-American Imaginary” examines placemaking in the published work of African-American Arkansans and in cultural artifacts depicting coming of age in Arkansas. It is particularly concerned with how marginalized Arkansans are shaping public perception of Arkansas as both a real and imagined place.
Surveillance and Survival in the 21st Century
We live in an age where much of our national identity is tied to what we believe we’ve overcome. Our temporal markers include post-civil rights, post-9/11, and post-racial conceptualizations of the world. The tension, however, lies in the reality that marginalized Americans encounter the world differently. Referencing James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, Ta Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, and current headlines, this talk by Carmen Williams picks up where the Green Books leave off, by asking how marginal people exist, survive, or thrive in the present age.
The Book of Ruth: Strangers in the Bible
The Book of Ruth may be one of the shortest books of the Bible at only four chapters long, but it contains abundant insight to the perennial question of the Gospel: who is my neighbor? Join Associate Rector Amber Carswell as she leads this discussion of one of the Bible's most beloved stories.
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Spiritual Practices with Suzanne Henley
Join tap-dancing French goats, the Holy Spirit on a Harley, Gangster Disciples, Carl Jung, and Suzanne Henley in exploring your everyday life as a set of prayer beads. This class will meet in the Emison Room Wednesday nights in September from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Daughters of the King
Calvary’s Daughters of the King (DOK) chapter, a group of women of women committed to daily prayer and service in their community, invites all women to join them for discernment sessions for three nights during Wednesday Evenings at Calvary: Sept. 5, 12, and 19 beginning with supper together at 5:15 p.m. followed by sessions in the Montgomery Foyer at 6 p.m. Attending the sessions is not a commitment to join but an opportunity to learn more about the DOK; however, attendance of all sessions is required in order to be admitted to membership. For more information, contact Lee Cagle, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry ( EfM ) is a program of theological education-at-a-distance of the School of Theology of the University of the South. Students sign up one year at a time for this four-year program. It covers the basics of a theological education in the Old and New Testaments, church history, liturgy, and theology. There are EfM classes on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at Calvary from 6:15-8:30 during the months of September through May. Contact Ashton Anderson for more information or to sign up for the Tuesday class. Contact Betty Jo Dulaney to sign up for the Wednesday class.
Small groups at Calvary provide an opportunity to connect with others in a more personal setting than Sunday mornings typically allow. There are three types of groups: study, sanctuary, and ministry. Study groups read and reflect on the Bible or other theological texts, or follow various academic curricula. Sanctuary groups meet primarily for fellowship, although the presence of God in members' lives is often a topic of conversation. Ministry groups gather around a particular service opportunity. These groups are facilitated by a member of the parish and meet weekly in various locations around the community. For more information about participating in one of these groups, contact Ebet Peeples.
Calvary Book Group
This lay-led group is open to all members and friends of Calvary. The group meets on the last Tuesday of the month from January through October to discern and discuss theological themes in contemporary fiction and non-fiction. Recent books have included Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller and the first book/movie combination – Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosay. To learn more about the group or suggest a book, please contact Molly Polatty. The Calvary Book Group meets at a Calvary parishioner’s home, last Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.
Men's Bible Study: La Baguette Bible Brothers – Time 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Every Thursday morning, a few good men – Calvary men – gather at La Baguette on Poplar Ave. for coffee, prayer, Bible study, terrible jokes, and perhaps a gooey pastry breakfast. It's a "Pre-Game Show", as they study the Gospel lesson for the upcoming Sunday service. At the very least, it makes them pay attention to the sermons. It is now in its 20th year, so the jokes must not be that bad. A great class with open book exams – join us! Contact Hal Crenshaw or Bill Haltom to learn more.
Women's Bible Study: Coffee with the Curate – Time 10:30-11:30 a.m.
On Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Curate Neil Raman leads a weekly women’s New Testament Bible study group in the Crook Auditorium. The group is studying the parables of Jesus and the Gospel of John, combining a look at the scripture with the study of William Brosend’s book Conversations with Scripture: The Parables. Each week, the group walks with one another through Scripture, uncovering the deep truths that still speak to us today, and growing in friendships along the way. Contact Neil Raman if you are interested in joining this group.
Women's Bible Study: Thursday Theological Thinkers – Time 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Women of various ages and stages of life gather on Thursdays in the library at St. George's Episcopal Church in Germantown for a brief discussion of the upcoming Sunday Gospel lesson. These Thursday Theological Thinkers enjoy applying the text to their lives and supporting one another in their efforts to make a positive and loving difference in the world around them. Praying the weekly collect both before and after the Gospel discussion is always an enlightening moment and highlight for those gathered. Contact Laura Trott to learn more.
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