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. Classes for adults are held in various locations, including the Parish Hall (Trezevant), Peete Room (LeMaster Street door entrance), The Chapel, Parlor (Lounge), McClure Hall, and Room 212 (beyond Trezevant in the Evans Building). Youth and children gather in designated rooms located on the basement level of the Parish House. Specific locations are posted in the weekly eNews, worship service leaflet, and on information tables.
Sunday morning classes begin at 9:15 a.m.
The Beloved Community and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher
Join the Rector for a presentation and conversation about “beloved community,” which was popularized by Dr. King as the vision for a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings. First introduced by philosopher Josiah Royce (1855–1916), beloved community also is the name of a program established in 2017 by The Episcopal Church as a path for all persons to address racial injustice and grow as a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers who share a passion for the dream of God.
“Just City” Memphis with Executive Director Josh Spickler
Founded in 2015, Just City was founded with a mission is to advance policies and programs within Shelby County and the State of Tennessee that strengthen the right to counsel and mitigate the damage caused to families and neighborhoods as a result of contact with the criminal justice system. As our baptismal covenant upholds that we will strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being, attendees will learn about the ministry of this initiative through a conversation.
Episcopal School Identity Conversation with The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector, and Thor Kvande, Head of School
Join Father Ollie Rencher and Mr. Thor Kvande for a conversation about the ministry of Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School (1947), its partnership with Grace-St. Luke’s Church (1940), and highlights of what makes GSL a unique and important community in Memphis.
Wellness and Recovery Sunday Conversation with The Rev. Stuart Hoke and The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher
Father Stuart Hoke and Father Ollie Rencher have been connected since their mutual years in New York City and in North Carolina. Now a resident of Little Rock, Father Hoke will be our guest to reflect on his personal experience as a recovering person and the Christian belief that all people are called to wellness, which includes paying attention to any addictions that may be occurring in our lives or the lives of others. His topic will be “The Infinite Value of a Painful Past.” Spread the word about this important conversation.
Breakfast Extended and Fellowship
Join us in the Parish Hall for an extended hour of good food and all-ages fellowship. If you’ve never before had a chance to attend our weekly parish breakfast, this is your chance!
Rally Day: Celebrate Life at GSL
Trezevant Hall will be transformed into a space to celebrate life at GSL. In this new season of parish life, all households are encouraged to come and to learn more about our parish vision, worship, formation (learning offerings for adults, youth, and children), fellowship, and service (in-reach and outreach) opportunities, and how to get involved and connect with others. This grand event will include live music, a slideshow, and ministry area leaders. Spread the word!
Memphis at 200 with Dr. Tim Huebner (Session I & Session II)
This year marks the bicentennial of the founding of Memphis. But what does the history of Memphis have to do with how we live as people of faith in our community? Join Dr. Tim Huebner, Calvary Church parishioner and Professor of History at Rhodes College as he explores the deep and long history of Memphis. In this two-part session, we’ll think about how the city’s history—particularly its history of race relations—challenges us to envision a greater Memphis as we begin our third century.
Conversation with the Clergy: Living as Christians of Inclusion and Welcome with The Rev. Amy George and The Rev. Meredith Jane Day
On this Memphis Pride weekend join the Rev. Amy M George and the Rev. Meredith Jane Day for a conversation about inclusion in The Episcopal Church. Come learn more about our history as a welcoming denomination, as well as explore and discuss ways that we can become more open to all in our community.
The Spirituality of Giving: Time, Talent, and Treasure to the Glory of God with Stewardship Associate Chapman Morrow and Stewardship Team Leaders
Join our staff stewardship associate and lay leaders to reflect on the essential three-fold ministry of all individuals to give of their valuable time, talent, and treasure to the glory of God and to support life at GSL. This follows the launch of the GSL 2020 Stewardship Campaign and will include insight into parish ministry operations and finances.
Conversation with the Clergy: Deconstructing the Nicene Creed
Join the clergy for a laidback conversation about the Nicene Creed. We say the Creed Sunday after Sunday, but rarely consider where it comes from and why we recite it at every service of Eucharist. Come and learn more about this ancient tradition and ponder its relevance in the Church today.
BRIDGES Impact on Young People, Memphis, and the World with President Dana Wilson
Episcopalians were influential in creating a leader of transformation in Memphis: BRIDGES. BRIDGES unites and inspires diverse young people (a generation of leaders committed to reconciliation, restoration, and unity) to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation. Join BRIDGES president and associates to learn more, including how GSL Church and School can partner
Reflecting on “An Unforeseen Life” with Author Mary Ann Connell and The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher
An Unforeseen Life is a powerful memoir about a woman who embraced what she could and tried to make the most of her life, despite an underlying sadness. Her story is a funny, touching account of a life “most richly blessed” if sometimes in unexpected ways. When she was eight, fire took the life of her younger brother. She blamed herself for the accident, and guilt became a motivator for the remainder of her remarkable life. Join Episcopalian Mary Ann Connell and our rector for a conversation about her faith journey and the writing of her book (April 2017).
Poems on Gratitude with The Rev. Katherine M. Bush
At the start of this “gratitude-centric” month, join the Rev. Katherine Bush for a time of reflection on poems of gratitude. She will explore the works of various authors and poets, guiding us on a path towards thankfulness.
Faith, Jesus, and Journalism: A Conversation with Otis Sanford and Dan Conaway
Join noted local journalists Otis Sanford and Dan Conaway as they explore and reflect on their experiences reporting and reflecting on the world through the lens of faith. Enjoy a time of humor and heart as they discuss the intersection of journalism and Jesus.
Lasting World Changes by Episcopal Relief and Development with Episcopal Church Programs Vice President, Josephine Hicks
Episcopal Relief & Development facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives in communities struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease and it is committed to demonstrating a measurable impact in three transformative program priorities: Women, Children and Climate. Episcopal Church Programs Vice President Josephine Hicks will shed light on this almost 80-year-old ministry, provide ways for GSL Church and School to partner, and serve as the lay preacher at the 8 and 10:30 services.
Annual Meeting of the Parish
All members and newcomers are invited and encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting of the Parish in Trezevant Hall. This one-hour occasion will undertake key business matters, including the election of the Vestry Class of 2022, parish life highlights since the last annual meeting, review of a 2020 operating budget draft, and a state-of-the- parish address from the Rector.
Gospels at the Crossroads: Navigating Where Gospels Converge and Diverge
Join us for a discussion about the differences and similarities between the four Gospels. Each telling the story of Jesus, discover how they differ in detail and perspective guided by the audience they were written to reach.
Bookends of Gratitude: The Countdown to Christmas and Chanukah with Rabbi Micah Greenstein
Rabbi Micah D. Greenstein, D.D. is the eighth senior rabbi in Temple Israel’s 165-year history in Memphis, and a close friend of the GSL parish community. Join Rabbi Micah and our rector for an insightful two-week session. Greenstein upholds, “Chanukah is not the “Jewish Christmas,” and it didn’t make the final cut of the Old Testament in Protestant and Jewish Scriptures, but Chanukah has timeless and powerful messages. It all comes back to gratitude.”
The Sequence of Advent-Christmas-Epiphany: How The Poetry of Charles Wesley Helps Us to Understand the Cosmic Events in the Ordinary of Life with Dr. Dan Pigg
The challenge for any hymn writer during any period of time is to find a way to put words to the sublime, the transcendent, and the eminent nature of the relationship between God and humanity. At no time is that challenge more apparent than in describing the theology of the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany sequence. Charles Wesley, the writer of approximately 6,500 hymn poems, helps us to wrap our minds around that great paradox and to live into that reality. We will explore some of his hymns/poems that are familiar and not so familiar.
Evangelism: Why It Matters To Life At GSL with The Rev. Meredith Jane Day
Conversation with the Bishop, The Right Reverend Phoebe A. Roaf