Fall at Holy Communion... Take the Journey 

Adult Formation Offering

We continue our focus on community and shared service this fall. Classes meet  at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings:

We'll be focusing a several events prevalent in Christian and poplar culture this year, including the 500th anniversary of the Christian Reformation (which started with those 95 theses being pounded to the door on October 31 in 1517). We're also going to reflect on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., through a variety of events and classes. many of them in the Rector's Forum. 

Rector's Forum

  • August 13 Rally Day and Sandy's State of the Parish addresss
  • August 20 Look at the city of Memphis recycling program with Joy Williams 
  • August 27 Lessons from the Memphis Immersion with Matthew Arehart
  • September 3 Brave Nuns & Bold Faith; the story of Constance and her Companions and their connection to St. Mary's. 
  • September 10 21st Century Heresy, mystery forum led by Sandy
  • September 17 21st Century Heresy, continued
  • September 24 BRIDGES telling its story of reconciliation and role we play.
  • October 1 Unomfortable Psalms, Dr. Phil McMillion, parishioner and biblical scholar, leading a three-week course on the "hard Psalms."
  • October 8 Hard Psalms continued
  • October 15 Hard Psalms continued
  • October 22 Protestant Family Tree Sandy leading us through the splits and divides that made the Protestants what they are today.
  • October 29 Reformation Sunday. We are gathering for a grand celebration of revolutionary ideas that changed the world and toppled the Roman Catholic Church's unfettered power over Europe.
  • November 5 The Reverend Deacon Robert Zito, deacon at Trinity Church on Wall Street and now retired partner in a prestigious Manhattan law firm, will talk to us abou the intersection of business and faith.
  • November 12 Dr. Martin Luther King's "Beloved Community." Class led by members of the Contemporary Theologicial Issues class.
  • November 19 Hester is leading discussion of Van Gogh and God and the artist's compassionate theology as it shines in his paintings and letters to his brother, Theo, and others.   
  • November 26 Chief Public Defender of Shelby County speaking on the suffering crime causes, both for victims and perpertrators, and some things we can try as a congregation.
  • December 3 Sandy leading class on Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter from the Birmingham Jail.
  • December 10 Daniel Amsler leading discussion of the biblical texts from which Dr. Martin Luther King often preached.
  • December 17 MIFA formed in the chaos in the weeks and months after Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. Core staff from one of our longest-standing ministry partners will tell the agency's founding and update us its work. 

Contemporary Theological Issues 

The class, which has a long history in the congregation, is spending the term studying the documentary, An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story. | Room 307

Theology by the River

This is our popular evening out with theology. We'll meet at Paulette's, 50 Harbor Town Square, at 6:30 p.m. for dinner on either November 2 or 9. Sandy will deliver the lecture: "Heaven:  Who is in and Who is Out?"

The cost is $36 per person with a fee if you are paying online with credit card.

People who bring a guest from outside the congregation may register, beginning September 1. Those who are not bringing an outside guest may register starting October 1. On November 2, the entree choices are roasted chicken or grilled salmon. You may register here:

On November 9, the entree choices are roasted pork tenderloin or grilled trout. 

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