The adult Christian formation program at Christ Church Cathedral offers a variety of courses for parishioners to grow in their faith. Classes take place on Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, or throughout the week. Special intergenerational events also take place during the church year and can be found in our calendar and events section.
Sunday Morning Offerings
The following adult classes meet from September to May during the Sunday School hour, from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. each Sunday.
The Dean’s Forum
Led by Dean Timothy Kimbrough. This class will present a variety of theological, social and spiritual themes during the course of the year.
Centering Prayer is meant to enrich and complement other forms of prayer, not exclude or replace them. We invite you to join us to explore and learn more about Centering Prayer, to experience in community this contemplative practice, and to join in brief conversations about readings on contemplative practice. Newcomers are welcome at all gatherings of Centering Prayer. Learn more here.
What Does God Require?
Micah 6 calls us "to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with [our] God." Each week we will explore a different facet of our Christian responsibility, reflect on the teachings of Scripture and Tradition, and discern how we are individually and corporately called to live into God's command. This class will be led by the Reverend Lissa Smith, Meghan Gwaltney Manrique, and a variety of guest speakers.
Sitting with Scripture: Lectionary Readings for Listening Ears
The intent of this class is to use the lectionary readings of the day to foster a contemplative atmosphere where participants encounter the Written Word with open hears and reflective minds. The ancient lectio divina and the story of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus will serve as models for this class.
Tuesday 7 a.m.: Multi-Generational Women’s Bible Study
This bible study always has coffee and tea, and occasionally fruit, scones, and nutrition bars, to help our brains absorb reading material at 7 a.m.! Prayer prior to and at the close of the study is another perk. Childcare provided. For more details, contact Jane Boram.
Wednesday 11 a.m.: Bible Buddies
This self-led study is a year-round program with the participants directing the books of study. Any and all are welcome to drop by or join the study.
For more information on all Bible Study offerings, contact Meghan Gwaltney Manrique.
Meets year-round every Sunday at 9:45 a.m., Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Thursday from 12:15 to 1:05 p.m. For more information, please contact Mimi Shimmin (615) 298-2483 (Tuesday) or Debbie Webster by email or at (615) 618-9565 (Thursday). Read more about Centering Prayer here.
Education For Ministry (EfM)
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year study of scripture, theology, church history, ethics and ministry that meets weekly through the academic year. Blending academic and experiential learning, the course offers students a broad-based foundation in Christian faith and the tradition of the Church. It is an extension course of the School of Theology at the University of the South. Registration and fee required.
Journey in Faith
This class meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m., beginning each fall, and is a modern adaptation of an ancient church process by which adults were prepared for entry into Christian faith and life. Participation in this class may also prepare adults for Confirmation, Reception, or Reaffirmation. All those who wish to learn more about the Episcopal Church are invited to attend. More information is available here or contact the Reverend Matthew Lewis to learn more.
Wednesday Evening Programs
Wednesday evening programs typically are offered in the fall and spring. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required for dinner by the preceding Monday. Childcare provided. Check our events calendar for program schedules and details.