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.

Winter 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.

March 7, Third Sunday in Lent

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Jesus, Politics, and Faith Journeys with Memphis Journalist Otis Sanford and the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher via Facebook Live, YouTube, and the GSL website live. The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury and the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church often remind Christians and the world that the Church gets involved in politics solely because that’s what Jesus did before and after his death. In light of the dilemma that this reality causes for many followers of Jesus today, tune in for a timely conversation between political columnist Otis Sanford and Father Ollie Rencher. 

March 14, Fourth Sunday in Lent.

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Conversation about In A Colorful Place: Seasoned Opinion About Memphis, About Home, About Life with authors Dan Conaway and Otis Sanford via Facebook Live and the GSL website live. Released in 2020, this rich and diverse collection of columns by Memphis friends of different racial backgrounds draws from a lifetime of experience, a practiced eye, a talent for storytelling, and the deep well of a city and a region brimming with those stories. Don’t miss a lively conversation about this collaborative work.

March 21, Fifth Sunday in Lent.

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The Church Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow with the Rev. Renee Miller via Facebook Live and the GSL website live. In January, author, poet, and Episcopal priest Renee Miller of Monterey, California, spent virtual retreat time with Grace-St. Luke’s Vestry and Clergy-Staff Team members reflecting on the current landscape of the Church. As Christians observe and experience pandemic shifts and challenges, unchartered territory, and commit to the Church’s survival, this reflection offering seeks to provide some wisdom about how the Church has thrived in difficult situations throughout the centuries.

March 28, Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

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Jesus the Radical: Reflections by the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher via Facebook Live and the GSL website live. The “holiest of weeks” is a perfect time to reprioritize our days and journey with Christ through the monumental events and last days of his earthly life. Holy scripture reveals the fact that it was Jesus’ radical commitments to love, justice, transformation, opposing powers and principalities, equity, and reconciliation that led to his death on the cross. Tune in to hear from Father Ollie Rencher about Jesus the Radical and an invitation for his followers to take up the mantle of being radical in the name of Love.

April 4, The Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day.

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Practice Resurrection: A Memoir of Work, Doubt, Discernment, and Moments of Grace via Zoom. Based on a book by Nora Gallagher, Father Ollie Rencher will host a “live” Easter Day Zoom dialogue with parishioners about what it means to be an “Easter people” who believe that resurrection is possible through God. After the death of her brother, Nora Gallagher spends intentional time exploring what it means to live with meaning. Carpe diem! Followers of Jesus are called to practice resurrection and to trust that God will make all things new. Access this live Zoom conversation.

April 11, Second Sunday of Easter.

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Measuring the Justice of a Society in the Bodies of its People: An Introduction to Health Disparities, Part I with Dr. Kendra Hotz via Facebook Live and the GSL website live. Join our guest Dr. Hotz of Rhodes College and members of the Social Justice Committee for a two-part conversation series about how society and this region are doing with the healthcare of its people and opportunities to close the gap of disparities and foster more equity among all.

April 18, Third Sunday of Easter

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Measuring the Justice of a Society in the Bodies of its People: An Introduction to Health Disparities, Part II with Dr. Kendra Hotz via Facebook Live and the GSL website live. Join our guest Dr. Hotz of Rhodes College and members of the Social Justice Committee for a two-part conversation series about how society and this region are doing with the healthcare of its people and opportunities to close the gap of disparities and foster more equity among all.

April 25, Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Being the Church in a Season of Change and Loss with the Rev. Dr. Lauren F. Winner via Facebook Live and the GSL website live. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the GSL clergy and parishioners have had to learn how to operate in new ways. Episcopal priest, Duke Divinity School professor, and author Lauren Winner returns to GSL (virtually) to reflect on what she is learning about being the Church amid constant and unforeseeable change. Drawing on past seasons in the history of the Church including the Great Depression, Dr. Winner will have much to share through a conversation hosted by the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher. 

May 2, Fifth Sunday of Easter

Outreach at GSL: Servant Ministry Partners via Facebook Live and the GSL website live. Join members of the Outreach Committee to learn about the local ministries and communities with which GSL partners to serve others and further engage the Memphis region. At the end of 2020, GSL awarded 19 Community Outreach Grants totaling $64,500 and has GSL liaisons between the parish and each organization to offer support and identify volunteer opportunities. Explore www.gracestlukes.org/outreach.

May 9, Sixth Sunday of Easter.

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Insights from Life at Grace-St. Luke’s School During a Pandemic via Facebook Live and the GSL website live. Join GSL Head of School Thor Kvande and Heads of Middle, Lower, and Preschool, respectively, Ellen Hendry, Marti McCloud, and Cynthia Burnett for an interview with the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher about how our parish school has navigated remote and in-person learning and supports its families. Established in 1947, GSL School prepares preschool to 8th grade boys and girls to become creative problem solvers, confident lifelong learners, and responsible citizens in their communities and the world.

May 16, Seventh Sunday of Easter

Special Offering. Stay tuned to the eNews, Sunday Leaflet, and Facebook for an update!

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. 

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