Life at GSL: Winter-Spring 2022 Guide of Worship, Christian Formation, Connecting & More (Full schedule of January to June events for adults, youth, and children)

The Other Side of the Story: Unpacking Misunderstood Biblical Characters

Dan And Jesse

Dates: Wednesdays, January 12, 19, 26, February 2
Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Peete Room

There are characters in the Bible that are notorious, whose stories we have heard time and again, and who we think we know all about…but sometimes there is more to the story. In this four-part series, Dr. Dan Pigg and Fr. Jesse Abell will revisit four figures in Scripture (Hagar, Rahab, Pontius Pilate, and Mary Magdalene) and will present additional information that will give you the other side of their stories. Sign up at

Mindfulness Sessions


Dates: Mondays, January 24 & 31, February 7 & 14
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Trezevant Hall

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is a form of light meditation where one sits quietly, paying attention on purpose, to the present moment, without judgment. In today’s world we are bombarded with unceasing demands for our attention. Meditation/mindfulness is proven to reduce stress and increase the quality of life. Meditation, mindfulness, and prayer are closely related. In these sessions the instructors will offer a variety of methods to allow each participant to meditate, or be mindful, or pray as he or she likes.

Seasoned instructors, Robbie and John McQuiston, will be leading the sessions. They studied under Mark Murse, Ph.D., and Manoj Jain, M.D., from Rhodes College and will teach a variety of mindfulness styles. Sessions are FREE of charge. We will meet in Trezevant Hall for 15-20 minutes prior to each session for conversation and a brief lunch. Enter through circle drive door, west side of church. You may bring your lunch if you wish. Sessions will begin at 12:20 p.m. in the chapel.

Please register at
Drop-ins are welcome.
No equipment is necessary.

Fall 2021 Book Study “Behold What You Are”

Behold What You Are

September 15, 22, 29, October 6
Facilitator: The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher 
Time: 6–7:15 p.m. | Location: Peete Room

Episcopal Church Publishing writes: “Behold What You Are (Lisa G. Fischbeck) is written to open the possibilities of liturgy and liturgical awareness, in the church and of the church, Sunday by Sunday, season by season. In a world increasingly and sharply divided, the image of the body of Christ can provide an alternate and life-giving narrative. We don’t just gather to worship God; we gather to worship God together, even when that gathering is online. And we go forth together to be the body of Christ, that the world might be repaired and restored to God. This body is not finite and exclusive; it is porous and open to all. Our traditions are a wonderful springboard for refreshed liturgical expressions in settings within and beyond our church buildings. These expressions can connect with people who would not otherwise enter a beautiful but somewhat austere structure. With some thoughtful reflection and intentionality, the public expression and formation of the body of Christ through liturgy can become more vital for all.” Considering this reflection and the importance of relationships and community to the GSL community, all adults and youth are invited to share in this four-week book study facilitated by the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher. In Winter-Spring 2022, the Rev. Lisa G. Fischbeck, Vicar of The Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is slated to be a GSL Sunday Parish Hall Forum Guest Speaker. 

“Behold What You Are” Chapters: 1) Liturgy as Public Expression and Formation of the Body of Christ; (2) Formed by the Sunday Eucharistic Liturgy; (3) Formed by Special Events and Seasonal Opportunities; (4) Liturgy of a Church without a Church Building; (5) The Life of a Church as Meta-Liturgy.

Registration requested by Wednesday, September 8:
Obtain your book online or at a local bookstore.

Past Midweek Formation Offerings

  • Our June 3 offering featured an "Interview by the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher of Todd Richardson, President of the Crosstown Redevelopment Cooperative and Co-Founder of Crosstown Arts: an outcome of faith and symbol in our community and symbol of hope" on Facebook Live. Watch video here.
  • Our May 27 offering featured an "Interview by the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher of Josephine Hicks, Episcopal Relief & Development Vice President for Episcopal Church Programs, about how this unique and vital ministry is supporting the worldwide human family during COVID-19" on GSL Facebook Live. Watch video here.
  • Our May 20 offering featured "Music and Meditations for Ascension Day by Dr. Patrick A. Scott and the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher” on GSL Facebook Live. Watch video here.
  • Our May 13 offering was "COVID-19 Video Meditations by Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel,  with the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher via Facebook Live. Watch video here.
  • Our May 6 offering included excerpts from Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety" with the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher via Facebook Live, session enhanced with choral music for meditation. Watch video here.
  • Our Apri 29 offering was given the Rev. Katherine M. Bush who reflected on “Eastertide Poetry and Stories.” Katherine+ continually offers our parish wise and important insights, and we are excited for her willingness to join us tonight.” Poetry used for formation offering found here. Watch the video here.
  • Our April 22 offering was given by the Rev. Meredith Jane Day who presented "Cultivating Compassion in the time of COVID-19." You can watch this offering by following this link.
  • Our April 1offering was presented by the Rev. Ollie Rencher: A Meditation and Virtual Chat about Psalm 30. You can watch this offering by following this link.