Wednesday Midweek Christian Formation

Join the GSL clergy for Wednesday Midweek Christian Formation, 5:30 – 6:00 p.m., either via Facebook Live or an uploaded pre-recorded video. Information will be updated in this space below.

June 3

Our June 3 offering will feature 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.

Past Midweek Evening Classes

May 27

Our May 27 offering will feature 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.

May 20

Our May 20 offering will feature "Music and Meditations for Ascension Day by Dr. Patrick A. Scott and the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher” on GSL Facebook Live. Watch video here.

May 13

"COVID-19 Video Meditations by Rabbi Micah Greenstein of Temple Israel"  with the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher via Facebook Live. Watch video here.

May 6

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.

April 29

The Rev. Katherine M. Bush 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.

April 22

The Rev. Meredith Jane Day presented "Cultivating Compassion in the time of COVID-19." You can watch this offering by following this link.

No Offering April 15

April 1

This week's Midweek Formation offering was presented by the Rev. Ollie Rencher: A Meditation and Virtual Chat about Psalm 30. You can watch this offering by following this link.

March 4, 11, 18, 25 | Four-week Book Study | Offered Virtually

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Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World (Henri J. M. Nouwen)
Facilitators: Anne Ayres, The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher
Time: 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Online - Inquire and Register (tinyurl.com/GSLLifeoftheBeloved) or contact Parish House Receptionist & Ministry Associate, Abby Huber (ahuber [at] gracestlukes [dot] org, 901-272-7425)
Purchase book from local bookseller or online

At the baptism of Jesus, a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” Roman Catholic priest, Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) wrote that the “Beloved” revealed the most intimate truth about all human beings. By listening to the voice that calls us the Beloved, we will discover within ourselves a desire to hear that same voice more deeply and know ourselves even better as children of God. Becoming the Beloved is the spiritual journey of our becoming bread for the world: taken, blessed, broken, and given, like what we believe happens at the Holy Eucharist. Join fellow travelers and invite others to register for a conversation about your own belovedness.

February 5, 12, 19 | Three-week Book Study and Conversation

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God Has A Dream: A Vision of Hope for Our Time (Desmond Tutu)
Facilitators: The Rev. Meredith Jane Day, The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m. (fellowship/refreshments 6-6:15)
Location: Peete Room
Registration requested online (tinyurl.com/GSLGodHasADream) or call Parish House Receptionist & Ministry Associate, Abby Huber (901-272-7425)
Purchase book from local bookseller or online
Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa shares about his faith and understanding that the sadness, disparity, divisions, and suffering of this world actually can be transformed and redeemed; that there is no such thing as a totally hopeless case. Based on his reading of the Bible and of history, God is transforming, the world now – through us – because God loves us. Regardless of one’s faith and religion, and even in the practice of no religion, Tutu offers that transformation can be recognized and experienced by anyone, especially if we know what God wants from us. A world of justice, goodness, compassion, love, caring, and sharing can come through our partnership with God, and a deeper understanding that each child of God is member of one family, the human family, God’s family. Join fellow travelers on a journey through this inspirational book and invite others to register too.


Dec. 11 Caroling, Cookies, & Cocoa

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Share the Spirit of the Season with the Central Gardens neighborhood! Join us on a stroll through nearby streets, bringing sounds of Christmas joy to homes along the way. We’ll return to the church for Christmas cookies and hot cocoa. Get creative at the cookie decorating station or sit back and enjoy viewing a holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, with cookies and cocoa in hand!

Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/GSLAdvent

November 6, 13, and 20

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Braving the Wilderness: A Deeper Look into the Work of Dr. Brené Brown
Facilitator: Anne Ayres
Location: Peete Room
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

In this time of bitter political and ideological polarization, it is tempting to fall into demonizing and dehumanizing the “other.” In her book Braving the Wilderness, writer and researcher Dr. Brené Brown points the way toward reconciliation through the practice of showing up as our authentic and imperfect selves, rather than taking the well-worn path of “fitting in.”  In this three-week conversation we will explore how we, as followers of Christ, can develop the clarity and courage necessary for true belonging.
(Class limited to 20 participants. Sign up by following this link: https://tinyurl.com/GSLBraving.)

September 11, 18, 25, and October 2

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Becoming Beloved Community
Facilitator: The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher
Location: Trezevant Hall
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

As the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we (Episcopalians) dream and work to foster “beloved communities,” where all people may experience dignity and abundant life and see themselves and others as beloved children of God. In May 2017, the Office of the Presiding Bishop (The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry) collaborated with lay and ordained staff members and churchwide leaders to frame a path for Episcopalians to address racial injustice and grow as a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers who share a passion for the dream of God. All individuals and congregations are encouraged to embrace the journey ahead as a long-term commitment as part of our spiritual formation. The Becoming Beloved Community (BBC) program provides resources for those seeking racial healing, reconciliation, and justice through interrelated commitments to: telling the truth (about our churches and race); proclaiming the dream (of beloved community); practicing the way (of love in the power of Jesus; and repairing the breach (in society and institutions). GSL Church and School adults and youth are invited to participate by registering for this four-week, curriculum-based class facilitated by the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector. (Sign up by following this link: https://tinyurl.com/GSLBecoming.)

October 9, 16, and 23

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Inspired: A Skeptic’s Guide to Reading the Bible
Facilitator: The Rev. Meredith Jane Day
Location: Peete Room
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Why don’t modern day Christians follow all of Paul’s advice in the New Testament? Why would God tell Abraham to kill his own son? Did Moses actually defy the laws of physics in the parting of the Red Sea? As author Rachel Held Evans writes, “If the Bible isn’t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it?” If you’ve ever found yourself grappling with what exactly makes the Bible “inspired,” then this class might be for you. Through the lens of Evans’ book, this three-week course will discuss how to read the Bible in a new way: focusing on story, soliloquy, poetry, and drama and embracing the mystery of this fascinating yet confounding book. Doubters, questioners, and cynics welcome. (Class limited to 20 participants. Sign up by following this link: https://tinyurl.com/GSLInspired.)

Dec. 18 Night of Sacred Storytelling

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As the Savior’s birth draws near, we turn our hearts and minds toward this most Holy Night. Gather ‘round to hear from and share stories with fellow parishioners as we reminisce on themes of Advent and the Nativity. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas! Be sure to visit the craft table, where you’ll find all the materials for Nativity-scene (crèche) making, and take home a keepsake from this special night.

Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/GSLAdvent

Dec. 4 St. Nicholas Festival

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Discover the true origins of Santa Claus as we explore the life and legacy of Nicholas, Bishop of Myra. St. Nicholas-themed crafts, stories, games, and goodies (and, of course, a PINATA!) will bring this lesser-known Christmas figure to life, and you never know… we just might get a visit from St. Nicholas himself! Assorted beverages will add even more to the fun.

Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/GSLAdvent

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