Midweek Christian Formation

Midweek Christian Formation

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Going Deeper: Sunday Bible Study Group

Dates: Sundays
Time: 9:15–10:15 a.m.
Location: Peete Room
Sometimes we hear fascinating insights on the biblical text in a sermon. Would you like to learn more about the Scripture text? Would you like to dive deeper? Then, join a conversation led by faithful members of the GSL congregation on any Sunday morning, as we study the lectionary text(s) to unearth the wisdom and insight waiting to be discovered. Our list of facilitators includes Anne Ayres, Dan Pigg, Lee Nix, Robbie Weinberg, Murray and Dana McKay, Charlie Pazar, and Jon McCalla. To learn more, contact Fr. Jesse Abell (jesse.abell@gracestlukes.org or 901-252-6330).


Crash Course in Biblical Study

Dates: January 11–25
Time: 6–7 p.m.
Location: Zoom

During a sermon or forum presentation, have you ever wondered where clergy or professors get those interesting notes about a biblical passage? Join Fr. Jesse Abell for a three-part series on how to dive deeper with the Bible and learn more about what the original text says. This class will be entirely virtual, through Zoom, so that we can learn about online resources that can help you to learn more about a passage, the original Greek or Hebrew texts, and the historical contexts. To learn more, contact Fr. Jesse (email, 901-252-6330). Sign up here.


Embracing and Becoming: Authentically Living into True Hospitality

Dates: Wednesdays, February 8 & 15
Time: 6–7 p.m.
Location: The Lounge
Join a two-part conversation exploring the spiritual practice of embracing and being changed by the gifts, presence, voices, and power of others. Rooted in the guidance of Stephanie Spellers’ influential book Radical Welcome, we’ll look at ways that we as individuals and as a congregation can move beyond mere invitation and inclusion to create welcome that is transformational. For a preview of the topics we’ll cover, watch youtube.com/watch?v=gZQJpgvO57o. To learn more, contact the Rev. Laura F. Gettys (lgettys@gracestlukes.org or 901-252-6329).
Sign up at tinyurl.com/EmbracingAndBecoming.


Enneagram Retreat Workshop

Date: Saturday, February 11, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Trezevant Hall
Cost: $125 
Would you like to have healthier relationships? More productive workplaces and meetings? The Enneagram is a personality typing system that describes patterns in how people interpret the world and manage their emotions. Join us for a group journey of self-discovery and coaching, facilitated by seasoned coach Anna Duggan, as we learn more about who we are and how we interact with others. Contact Christi Authement for questions: cauthement@gracestlukes.org or 901-825-7353. For more information and to sign up, visit tinyurl.com/EnneagramFeb2023.


Lenten Wednesdays at GSL: Forgiveness & Wholeness

Dates: Wednesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29
Experience Lent in Midtown Memphis. Enrich your Lenten spiritual formation journey by coming to GSL on Wednesday afternoons and evenings in March to explore the role of forgiveness in our lives and how practicing forgiveness can make us healthier and more whole. Each week, there will be easy ways and spaces for folks to engage as much or as little as they wish: coffee and informal conversation, a simple meal, an opportunity for reflection and evening prayers, and formation programming for all ages, including presentations by guest speakers offering helpful and inspiring weekly topics.

4–7 p.m.        GSL Café (Peete Room) with refreshments & WiFi
5–6:15 p.m.        Simple Supper for all ages (Trezevant Hall) 
5:30–5:50 p.m.    Evening Prayers with Candle-lighting & Taizé music (Chapel)
6:30–7:15 p.m.    Programming for All Generations: 
    Nursery, 0–3 (Blue Room), Children (Green Room), Youth (Red Room), Adults (Trezevant Hall)
    March 1–Taking Account with the Rev. Rob Wood of Good Shepherd, Cashiers, NC
    March 8–God Is Forgiveness with the GSL Clergy
    March 15–Leaving Our Mark with Anthony Calzia and Fr. Jesse Abell
    March 22–No Future without Forgiveness with Alex Kor, son of Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor
    March 29–Beginning Anew with Fr. Ollie Rencher and Dr. Anne Ayres
Families and participants of all ages are invited to come! There is no cost for this program. To help us plan food, please register in advance at tinyurl.com/ExperienceLent. But, drop-ins are always welcome.



Eastertide Retreat

Date: Saturday, April 15 | Registration Requested by April 9
Time: 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
Location: Barth House
Join the Barth House Episcopal Center, Grace-St. Luke’s Church, and Holy Trinity, Memphis, for some quiet time, guided meditation, and contemplative music, as we celebrate the new and unending life found in the wake of Jesus’ Resurrection. Amid the fullness and noise of life, this offering provides sacred time to gather for opportunities to walk and explore sacred surroundings. Dress casually and comfortably and bring your favorite insulted drink bottle for coffee or tea. Online reservations required. Stay tuned for registration information. 


Jewish Readings/Christians Readings: How Religious Communities Understand the Prophets 

Dates: Wednesdays, April 19 & 26 and May 3, 10, & 17
Time: 6–7 p.m.
Location: Peete Room
The New Testament is filled with references to the Hebrew Scriptures, but after centuries of Christian reading, it has become easy to forget what these prophetic passages meant to Jewish readers. Join our own Dr. Dan Pigg in an exploration of these sacred texts with new eyes and an early Jewish perspective. (Dan is presenting this series in conjunction with his continuing studies at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK.) For more information, contact Dan through Realm Connect at tinyurl.com/RealmDanPigg


GSL Daytime Book Group (Weekday) hosted by Janie Morris and Carol Ann Mallory

The book group meets on the second Thursday of the month at GSL, September through May from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring your lunch if you like. No obligations or requirements, just show up if you read the book, are thinking of reading the book, or just want some nice company who loves books. On September 8 we will discuss two books focused on World War II: Daughters of Yalta by Catherine Katz and The Paris Library by Janet Skelesin Charles. For further information or to add your name to the mailing list, contact Janie Morris (tinyurl.com/RealmJanieMorris) or Carol Ann Mallory (tinyurl.com/RealmCarolAnnMallory) via Realm. The reading list for 2022-2023 is found at gracestlukes.org/gsl-daytime-book-group.



Watch past formation offerings here: https://www.gracestlukes.org/forum-videos