Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others, and all creation. It is about growing in discipleship and discovering how faith is relevant to all aspects of our lives. At GSL, we strive to offer a menu of learning choices in large and small group settings led both by clergy and lay ministers. Please join us virtually for the formation offerings listed below, 9:15-9:45.

Download Life at GSL — Fall 2020 Guide, a comprehensive publication with fall Christian formation, worship, and music offerings.

Video and audio recordings of past classes may be found at and

November 22


Racial Healing: A Lifelong Journey, Part 2 with Dr. Tim Huebner
Facebook Live and YouTube Live


Reflecting on the importance of storytelling, reconciliation, and justice, Episcopalian and Rhodes College history professor Tim Huebner will reflect on individual and community journeys with more deeply engaging matters of racial healing. Area initiatives such as the Lynching Sites Project of Memphis remind us of Memphis’ history with race relations and endless opportunities for people of faith to work toward creating “beloved community.”

November 29


An Advent Like No Other with The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector
Facebook Live and YouTube Live

Advent marks the annual occasion for the church catholic (universal) to “begin again” on the journey with Christ beginning in great expectation of his birth. This new season also is perfect for members of the body of Christ to reflect on the past, present and future. It is more and more obvious every day that life, especially for the Church, will never be the same again. The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher will highlight societal and spiritual matters that may resonate with those who tune in for the presentation.

December 6

Annual Meeting of the Parish

All members and newcomers are invited and encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting of the Parish via Zoom. This one-hour occasion will undertake key business matters, including the election of the Vestry Class of 2023, parish life highlights since the last annual meeting, review of a 2021 operating budget draft, and a state-of-the-parish address from the Rector.   

December 13 & 20


Unpacking the Gospels in Advent with The Rev. Dr. Mitzi Minor
Facebook Live and YouTube Live

Memphis Theological Seminary Professor, Dr. Mitzi Minor returns to GSL for a two-part series focused on the Gospel lessons appointed for the third and fourth Sundays of Advent (John 1:6-8,19-28; Luke 1:26-38). Spread the word and tune in to this Advent teaching series by one of the finest biblical scholars and a longtime friend of GSL.

Past Fall 2020 Formation Offerings

August 30

Wellness and Recovery Sunday with Dr. Monty Burks
Watch on YouTube

Christians and all people are called to strive for wellness of mind, body and spirit, which includes paying attention to any addictions that may be occurring in our lives or the lives of others. The worship service will highlight the significance of this day. At 9:15 a.m., join us online for a conversation with Dr. Monty Burks, Tennessee State Director of Faith-Based Initiatives.

September 13

Celebration Sunday: Are you Ready??! Formation, Stewardship, & Connections
Watch on Facebook

The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, will introduce an exciting season of events. The clergy and lay leaders will reflect and invite members to a connective, creative, and spiritually rich life this year at GSL through a lively and engaging video to lift a tired heart, thrill an eager mind, and center a beautiful soul. Plan on seeing familiar faces, laughing a bit, and becoming encouraged that COVID has only made us even more conscientious about remaining connected and resilient as a faith community.

September 20

Sacred Storytelling and Deeper Connections during COVID with The Rev. Laura F. Gettys, Associate Rector,
Watch on YouTube
Link to poem

Yes, we think of the Holy Scriptures as our Sacred Story, but have we ever considered your journey as Sacred Story as well? If holy ground is everywhere, then each of our paths is ripe with the Divine’s handprint. Journey with Associate Rector Laura F. Gettys as she shares some of her own sacred story and invites us all into the ways deeper healing and transformation can come when we live more deeply into our communal relationships.

September 27

Resilience in Times Like These with The Rev. Dr. Bill Harkins
Watch on YouTube
Download Accompanying Document

Resilience has been demonstrated and celebrated by the people of God since the beginning of time to navigate hardships and changes to life by being stronger than before and finding a new positive way forward. Atlanta-based pastoral theologian and Canon Priest Associate at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, Dr. Harkins will offer a presentation on resilience psychology and wisdom to support individuals and households through pandemics.

October 4

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi 
Watch on Facebook
Canticle of the Sun, Poem

Join the clergy for a presentation to commemorate the commitments of love, simplicity, care for the poor, and animals, commonly attributed to Francis, who prayed that we might become instruments of the peace of God for the world. The day also will include an intentional way to acknowledge the blessing of animals.  

October 11

On Politics and Faith Values with Professor Otis Sanford
Watch on YouTube

In our Baptismal Covenant, we vow to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being. Sharing in political processes is a part of our Christian responsibility. Tune in for a conversation with Otis Sanford, University of Memphis Hardin Chair of Excellence in Economic and Managerial Journalism and political columnist, about the present issues associated with politics and challenges faced by people of faith.

October 18

Commemorating the Feast of St. Luke, Physician & Evangelist, through Conversation
Watch on YouTube

In memory of our patron saint and to honor all who serve through the healthcare profession, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the clergy will facilitate a time of reflection with parishioners and special guest workers about their recent experiences on the “frontline.”

October 25

Dragonfly Collective, The Hospitality Hub & The Hub Hotel with Jarad Bingham
Watch on YouTube

Dragonfly Collective’s mission of simplifying the flow of philanthropic capital to energize solutions for the common good recently assisted the Hospitality Hub with opening the Hub Hotel. The Hub Hotel is the first-of-its-kind transitional shelter where women experiencing homelessness can safely practice social distancing. Join the clergy for a conversation with Dragonfly principal Jarad Bingham about the development group and its community impact.

November 1

Exploring The Saints Through Poetry with The Rev. Katherine M. Bush
Watch on YouTube
Texts for All Saints' Poetry

From generation to generation, poetry is one of the greatest art expressions to which people of faith turn for delight, wisdom, comfort, inspiration and remembrance. Join GSL member and St. Mary’s School Chaplain & Director of Religion, the Rev. Katherine Bush, on an exploration of poetry to commemorate our annual observance of All Saints’ Day (November 1). The Rev. Bush also will offer the homily at the 10:30 a.m. service.

November 8

Building Compassion and Resilience in Beloved Community:
A Conversation with Dr. Susan Campbell and The Rev. Laura F. Gettys on the Methodologies of Dr. Brené Brown
Watch on YouTube
Resources for Compassion, Mindfulness, and Resilience

Susan K. Campbell, PhD, is a psychologist, certified Daring Way™ and Dare to Lead™ facilitator, and fellow Episcopalian from North Carolina. The interactive conversation will focus on the call to love our neighbors as ourselves and on the links between self-awareness, self-compassion, resilience, and vulnerability. The focus is on us as adults, and how important it is to show up as the people God created us to be, and to be generous with others as they do the same. If you have enjoyed or heard of Brené Brown, Dr. Campbell is certified according to Brown’s experiential methodologies and gifted in offering inspiration. 

November 15

Racial Healing: A Lifelong Journey, Part 1 with Grace-St. Luke’s Social Justice Committee Member Paula Barnes and Emily Yellin

VIA Zoom - Signup Required Link 

Join us for a livestreamed conversation on Sunday, November 15, at 9:15 a.m. when Paula Barnes will facilitate a discussion with Memphis-based journalist and author, Emily Yellin, about her journey as a white female writer and her 25-year journey covering Race and Social Justice issues in the South. Her most recent work was for the 50th anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Strike, for which she helped produce 1300 Men: The Memphis Strike ‘68  in partnership with Emily has been a longtime contributor to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, and others and has two published books. You can read more about her extensive work at

Important to Note: This class will not be recorded ahead of time due, but it will be a live class via Zoom. All are welcome to attend. Please sign up by November 14 at in order to receive the Zoom ID and password for this 9:15-9:45 gathering.