Adult Forum

03/17/2019, 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM

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Adult Forum

The Adult Forum serves as a vehicle for theological education, a platform to discuss civic and cultural events and a way to keep ourselves current on the issues we face as Christians and members of Holy Communion in the larger society.


Spring Schedule  

January 6 and 13

The Reverend Sandy Webb and Dr. David Rupke, associate professor of physics at Rhodes College, celebrate the Epiphany by reflecting on faith and the cosmos. A priest and an astrophysicist walk into a café…

January 20

Meet the Vestry Nominees

Each year, we have five openings on the Vestry. This year’s nominees are a mix of every segment of the congregation. They will share their backgrounds and respond to questions in the Adult Forum. The nominees are Bradley Fogelman, Tricia Dewey, Stephan Maury, Evelyn McGahey, Ellie Bakelaar and Anna Rojas.

January 27

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting gives the congregation time to focus on the church’s finances and hear Sandy’s report on the state of the parish. The morning always ends with our traditional barbecue lunch, prepared by Richard Hollis and his crew.

February 3

Sanctuaries of Segregation

Dr. Dalton Lyons, chair of the upper school history department at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, continues Holy Communion’s conversation around race, equality and faith with a discussion of his book, Sanctuaries of Segregation: The Story of the Jackson Church Visit Campaign.

February 10

The Spiritual Walter Anderson

Hester helps us explore the spiritual journey of American artist, Walter Anderson, as revealed in the world he created in murals from his cabin in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

February 17 and 24

The Feeling Side

Do you have feelings or do they have you? What are they for? How do I navigate challenging emotions? Jonathan will share lessons from being a chaplain and invite reflection on our emotional lives, especially as they relate to caring for others and Christian compassion.

March 3

Fire and Brimstone

Meet Gina Sweat, director of the Memphis Fire Department. She started in Station No. 1 and worked her way up the ladder. She is the first woman to lead the city’s fire department and one of a handful of female fire chiefs in the nation.

March 10, 17 and 24

Paul and the New Creation

Dr. Mitzi Minor, Mary Magdalene Professor of New Testament at Memphis Theological Seminary and one Holy Communion's favorite lecturers, discusses St. Paul's letter to the Romans as a backdrop for understanding his view of the gospel.

March 31 and April 7

A Home Over Jordan

Sandy Webb explores biblical wilderness journeys with a special emphasis on how they end - with God’s people entering or re-entering the Promised Land.

April 14

The Holiest of Weeks

Jonathan Chesney introduces the biblical stories, liturgical practices and devotional prayer that define Holy Week and winsomely persuades why this week of high holy days is the keystone for the whole church year and the life together as the Body of Christ.

April 28

Tour de force

For 18 years, Bishop Don Johnson and hiw wife, Jeannie, have led by example in the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee. Now, let’s hear the stories from their point of view.

May 5

Love in Action

Paul's exhortation to the Corinthians to seek a "more excellent way" is familiar because it is mentioned in the marriage liturgy. What was behind Paul's letter to the Corinthian church and what are the ramifications today? Sarah Cowan leads an in-depth look at 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. 

May 12

Behold! A New Creation

As we head into summer, Sandy Webb and David Dando, the church’s construction coordinator, discuss what has happened and will be happening with our “Really Big Renovation.”

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