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 from 9:15-9:45 a.m. unless another time is announced.

Download Life at GSL — Winter-Spring 2021 Guide, a comprehensive publication with winter-spring Christian formation, worship, and music offerings.

Video and audio recordings of past classes may be found at www.gracestlukes.org/forum-videos/ and https://www.gracestlukes.org/forum-audio.

Spring 2021

A diversity of Sunday and weekday formation programs and events will be offered between January and June of 2021 to support faith journeys and discipleship growth. In addition to offerings by the parish clergy and lay ministers, guest speakers will be from the Memphis community and beyond. For a schedule of events with virtual access details, subscribe to the eNews and visit www.gracestlukes.org/discover/adult-formation.

Sunday Virtual Events, 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. 

Follow this link for a comprehensive listing of our past video formation offerings: https://www.gracestlukes.org/forum-videos.

May 16, Seventh Sunday of Easter

Reimagining Church with the Clergy via Zoom. Please join the clergy in conversation as we continue to reimagine how GSL is evolving through COVID-19 to reflect the Beloved Community. The Vestry and recent Townhall meeting have given thoughtful ideas and this Sunday is an opportunity for those who wish to continue this thoughtful dialogue. Sign up for this offering is required. The Zoom link will be emailed after you sign up. You will also get a reminder email with the Zoom info included. Contact Communications Administrator Lucy Owens (lowens [at] gracestlukes [dot] org) with any sign-up or Zoom questions.

May 23, Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday

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Celebrating Pentecost with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry via Facebook Live and the GSL website live. In celebration of Pentecost, the birthday of God’s Church, the Most Rev. Michael B. Curry will engage a virtual conversation with the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, about the state of Christianity, the Episcopal Church Way of Love, and the baptismal call to follow Jesus today.

May 30, First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

The Dance Of God: Exploring Jazz and Dance via Facebook Live and the GSL website live. The relationship between the inseparable three persons of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit; Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer) is a mysterious concept that has baffled the world for centuries. Common threads weave us together and yet honor our individuality through expressions such as dance and jazz. Tune in for a “live” Zoom dialogue with and special presentation by the Reverends Laura F. Gettys and Ollie V. Rencher. 

June 6

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The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas will present “Wisdom from Our Ancestors.” Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology at Union, Dean Douglas is the author of many articles, five books, and internationally known for spiritual and academic work focusing on but not limited to womanist theology, sexuality, and the black church. She also serves as Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral and Theologian in Residence at Trinity Church Wall Street. 

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