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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. during Koinonia. 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.

Sunday Mornings

Adult Christian Formation 2017-2018: A Sense of Place, A Base for Pilgrimage

The theme for Calvary’s 2017-2018 adult formation is “A Sense of Place, A Base for Pilgrimage.” As Calvary enters an exciting new era with the Rev. Scott Walters as our rector, this fall is a good time for us to examine our sense of place as an urban downtown church in the city of Memphis. We will look back at the interesting and surprising history of our block and will get to know our neighborhood and city better. We will explore opportunities to engage with the built environment around us through shared relationships and ministries. In the winter and spring, we will look at Calvary as a base for pilgrimage as we join our city in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We will examine the concept of pilgrimage locally and globally as we seek Christ’s direction on where, when, and how we are called to walk with him.


Dec. 10: The Search for the Healthy City
Physician, author, and Calvary parishioner 
Jim Bailey will share how our connections with our built environment contribute to healing us in body, mind, and soul. Jim is the author of the novel The End of Healing, a look at America’s health care system through the lens of Dante’s Inferno. He and his wife Sharon led a pilgrimage to Italy last year to explore the life-giving impact of art and architecture in healthy cities.

Dec. 17: Docent-led Tour of the Church
We will end 2017 by claiming our sense of place at Calvary with a tour and presentation from our docents on the history of our beautiful worship space and learn about the symbols and layers of meaning in our architecture, stained glass windows, and artwork.



Oct. 1 - Dec. 17: Bible Study 
Each week join the Rev. Paul McLain and Rhodes history professor and Calvary parishioner T, Tim Huebner, they lead a series of discussions centered on the biblical basis for finding our sense of place and preparing for pilgrimage. We will look at Bible passages related to place and pilgrimage in the Holy Lands using N. T. Wright’s The Way of the Lord: Christian Pilgrimage Today as our guide. 



Welcome Classes
Led by one of our Calvary clergy, this is the best place to start your journey at Calvary. These classes are a great way to get to know Calvary’s history, ministries, and community better. Look for specific dates announced in the weekly bulletins and our electronic newsletter, the E-pistle.

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Wednesday Evenings: Koinonia  

Sept. 6 - Oct. 18: Sidewalks in the Kingdom
The Rev. Scott Walters
, our new rector, will lead us in finding our sense of place by exploring our tangible and spiritual relationships with the built environment around us. While not required, participants are invited to read Eric Jacobsen’s Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith as we join Scott on this mutual journey.

Sept. 6 - May 23, 2018: Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year intensive learning experience for adults, offered Wednesday evenings from 6:15-8:30. In a seminar setting, participants study the Bible, church history, theology, and contemporary church issues. Learning to think theologically is also a core component of the program. EfM was created at the University of the South, and its curriculum is a distillation of that which is used in the Seminary at the University. Participants learn the theological disciplines as well as the application of this knowledge in their lives. Students are asked to commit to one year at a time. To learn more, contact co-mentors Betty Jo Dulaney, and Richard Hendricks,

Nov. 1-Dec. 13: Discovery
Join Scott Walters for six weeks of conversation about how Episcopalians view prayer, the Bible, Church history, ethics, worship, and more. Discovery serves as preparation for Confirmation but anyone curious about what Presiding Bishop Michael Curry calls, "the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement" is welcome. 

Nov. 15-Dec. 13: From Sidewalks in the Kingdom to Sidewalks in Memphis
For folks that participated or were interested in the Sidewalks in the Kingdom discussions, these sessions are designed to continue looking at both Memphis and at trends within urban thinking, and attempting to view these discussions as a part of a larger discernment of how we can act on our faith within downtown and our parish. For the first two meetings on Nov. 8 & 15, we’ll review and discuss the Preston Lauterbach article ‘Memphis Burning,’ that discusses housing and racism in Memphis. After Thanksgiving, we’ll look at recent trends in urban planning and examples of how people have changed urban environments in ways that could be considered just. November 29 we’ll look at tactical urbanism, and December 6 we’ll discuss ‘placemaking’ and the project for public spaces. Finally, on the 13th of December, we’ll try to find a bridge between urban economy and holy currencies. No pre-reading or book-buying needed. See you in the Emison room on Wednesday nights at 6:30!

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Small Groups

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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