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

  • January 7 Justice for All Josh Spickler, executive director of Just City
  • January 14 Vestry candidates 
  • January 21 Parish Annual Meeting Sandy will lead meeting and deliver his semi-annual State of the Parish Address. The congregation will also elect 5 new Vestry members. Barbecue lunch by Bandit Barbecue will follow 10:30 service. 
  • January 28 I am a Man Three of original 1968 sanitation workers will share their memories of the strike and King's involvement.  
  • February 4 Meet the Mayor  Jim Strickland is visiting CHC
  • February 11 The Rector on Race Sandy will offer a personal reflection of his experiences with race. 
  • February 18 A Failure to Communicate: A Memoir  Dr. John Bakke (father of Julie Fike) is a longtime local political strategist and retired U of Memphis professor. He will talk about the breakdowns in communicatior that hardened various sides as the sanitation workers' strike loomed. 
  • February 25 A Journey Through the Deltat: Music and Race: Hester will lead discussion on the intersection of race and culture that produced the Delta blues.
  • March 4 New Era of Civil Rights  Discussion led by Teri Freeman, president of the National Civil Rights Museum.
  • March 11 & 18 When it is Just Too Much to Bear Samaritan Counseling staff will help us explore ways of dealing with the onslaught of hate, intolerance, violence and tragedy that flood us through media.
  • March 25 Palm Sunday Intergenerational Forum The whole church family will meet in the parish hall for an interactie exploration of the days of Holy Week.
  • April 1 Easter Sunday (No forum)
  • April 8 Mountaintop Speech Father Sandy offers the last installment of our MLK50 observance, an in-depth exploration of Dr. KIng's lst speech, given in Memphis the night before he was killed.
  • April 15 Retired wellness professional Bill Craddock will speak about how living with purpose and meaning in later life requires effort.  
  • April 22 & 29 How Shall We Then Live? Shari Ray, head of English department at St. Mary's Episcopal School, is offering two-part study of how others, in times of tumult, have answered life's deep questions. How shall we then live? (from the book of Ecclesiastes) What sort of man are you? (from Dostoevsky's Crime and and Punishment)
  • May 6 Our Really Big Renovaiton Architect Scott Fleming and construciton manager Rusty Linkous leading discussion on what to expect during construction and beyond. 
  • May 13 & 20 What We Need to Know About the General Convention The top governing body in the Episcopal Church meets every three years to establish policy and refine mission strategy. Father Sandy explores the storied and sometimes hilarious history and discusses several of the matters coming before the convention this summer. Meeting is in Austin, Texas.

Contemporary Theological Issues 

The class is an open, lay-led discussion of the work of modern theologians and of our own interpretations as people of faith of current events. Sometimes structured aournd a talk, book or other media, the discussion is always lively in a warm, welcoming group. Room 307

Wednesday Classes

Thayne Muller leading a five-week exploration/workshop on the ethical self-motiation, beginning January 10. Prepare to be challenged as class faces down the demons of apathy and indifference. Meets from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. in Carrick Room.

My Episcopal Life

Sandy leading this perennial favorite on what it means to be Episcopalian. Class is great for newcomers and is part of Confirmation preparation for adults. But it's entertaining enough that it attracts plenty of longtime members too. Begins February 21 and runs for five Wednesday evenings, 6:45 to 8 p.m., in the parish hall.

Sunday Evenings in Lent

Food for Thought

Each night will begin with a 10-minute presentatation, followed by reflection and conversation around the tables at the 5:30 p.m. reception. Led by Hester and Alison England. 

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