A diversity of Sunday and weekday formation programs and events will be offered 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.
January 23, Third Sunday after the Epiphany, 9:30 a.m.
Behold What You Are: Becoming the Body of Christ with The Rev. Lisa G. Fischbeck. Written to open the possibilities of liturgy and liturgical awareness throughout the Church, Behold What You Are is a gift for all worshipping communities. In a world increasingly and sharply divided, the image of the body of Christ can provide an alternate and life-giving narrative. Fischbeck has almost two decades of experience in established and newly founded church settings, including as launching vicar of the Episcopal Church of the Advocate, a mission church in Chapel Hill, NC, known for its engaging and thoughtful liturgy. In regular contributions to the Episcopal Church Vital Practices Blog, she reflects deeply on how to develop liturgy and liturgical practices that are welcoming and engaging, making the ancient practices new, and been able to work with the congregation to put those reflections into practice. The Rev. Fischbeck will also preach at the 8:30 and 10:30 services.
Special Same-Day Event: From Noon to 1:30 p.m. “Lunch and Learn” with the Rev. Lisa G. Fischbeck in Trezevant Hall for the Grace-St. Luke’s and diocesan community to take a deep dive into the book (Behold What You Are: Becoming the Body of Christ) and engage in conversation. For details and to pay for lunch and a copy of the book by Noon on Thursday, January 12, click here.
January 30, Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, 9:30 a.m.
In Pursuit of Justice for All with Jessica Van Dyke of the Tennessee Innocence Project. The Tennessee Innocence Project is part of the nationwide Innocent Project, which works to exonerate the wrongfully convicted. Jessica Van Dyke is the founder and lead counsel of the Tennessee chapter. She earned an MA in political science at Vanderbilt and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. She has worked for over 10 years as an attorney at Parker, Lawrence, Cantrell, & Smith, where she specializes in criminal defense law. In 2019 she worked to establish the Tennessee Innocence Project as an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping vindicate those with actual claims of innocence. [www.tninnocence.org]
February 6, Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, 9:30 a.m.
Welcome to the Wild World of GSL Church Sports, Wellness, & Fitness with Christi Authement. How much do you REALLY know about one of the Church’s most active programs with 500 plus annual participants? Come learn more about this “thriving” program. You’ll take a trip down memory lane with Recreation and Wellness Director Christi Authement and leave with a higher IQ about GSL Church Sports history and current and future Recreation and Wellness Programs. And here’s a little teaser…to get the scoop first, you’ll want to be “PRESENT” (no pun intended) for information about an exciting wellness program starting in the New Year!
February 13, Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, 9:30 a.m.
Celebrating the Legacy of Absalom Jones with the Rev. Yejide Peters Pietersen. On February 13, the Episcopal Church celebrates Absalom Jones, an 18th Century African-American abolitionist and the first black Episcopal priest. Come and learn about his amazing story from the Rev. Yejide Peters Pietersen, who serves as the new Associate Dean and Director of Formation at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Previously, Mother Yejide served as the rector of All Saints, Briarcliff Manor, NY, and then as the vicar of St. Chad’s with St. Mary’s & St. Alkmund’s in Shrewsbury, England. Mother Yejide will also be preaching at Sunday morning services.
February 20, Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, 9:30 a.m.
Reconciliation: Lynching Sites Project Memphis with The Rev. Fred Morton & Ms. Laura Kebede. Ida B. Wells prophetically offered, “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” The constantly evolving Lynching Sites Project (LSP) of Memphis is a world-renowned initiative committed to assisting the human family with remembering the painful past, unpacking the complicated present, and finding hope for a future in freedom based on racial equity, justice, and healing. LSP leaders will share insights for transformation work being done around us and ways GSL might support the cause.
February 27, Last Sunday after the Epiphany, 9:30 a.m.
Taking Steps to Get Real with God with the Rev. Martin Smith. We all need to “reboot” our praying from time to time, especially when it dries up, or we sense that the way we have been taught to pray now feels unreal. Join us in person or on line for an exploration by Fr. Martin Smith of ways to begin again in prayer, rising to the challenge of being emotionally honest with God. The Christian good news tells us that we already have been given intimacy with God: We just need to experience what we already have. And all intimacy is based on sharing what we really feel and expressing what we genuinely need. How do we get in touch with those real feelings when we tend to hide them from ourselves and others? We will explore practical ways of “getting them out” with a tender, listening God.
The Rev. Martin L. Smith is renowned throughout the Episcopal Church and Church of England as a writer, spiritual director, retreat leader, and spirituality teacher. He was born and raised in England, graduated from Oxford, and was ordained as priest in the Church of England. Later he entered monastic life with the Society of St. John the Evangelist and would serve as three terms as the Superior of the house in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2002, he was called out of monastic life back into the secular world. He worked on staff of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and then on staff at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, Washington. He has written articles and books, such as Reconciliation, A Season for the Spirit, and The Word Is Very Near You. He remains a highly sought-after retreat leader and spiritual director. Father Martin will also preach at the 8:30 and 10:30 services on Feb. 27.
January 9, First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of our Lord, 9:30 a.m.
Planning for the Year: Important Approaches to Wellness with the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher. Based on All Shall Be Well by Memphis Episcopalian Bill Craddock and other resources, all are invited to a new year presentation highlighting the theology of wellness and identity, core values, creativity and passion, renewal, emotional health, spiritual practices, stewardship, balance, transformation, and fitness. Watch on YouTube here.