FOUNDERS & BUILDERS TRIVIA CONTEST
Apr
1
to Jun 19

FOUNDERS & BUILDERS TRIVIA CONTEST

Calling all history buffs! Learn about the men and women who founded and built Christ Church, and whose enduring legacy the Capital Campaign is seeking to continue, while engaging in a little friendly competition! To compete in the contest, read each week’s History Note in Announcements, in Happenings, and on social media and then click here to answer a few questions. This contest will run for 12 weeks, see contest details here.


First place prize will be reserved Sunday parking for a year. Second place will be a reserved pew on Christmas Eve. Third place will be Sunday flowers for you to designate as you wish.

Winners will be notified via email and announced in the following week’s printed Announcements, Happenings, and social media.

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Portara Ensemble & Nashville Concerto Orchestra Alzheimer's Benefit Concert
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Portara Ensemble & Nashville Concerto Orchestra Alzheimer's Benefit Concert

Featuring the cantata Shadow and Light: An Alzheimer’s Journey by Joan Szymko, this special benefit concert is part of a nationwide initiative called “The Longest Day” to raise awareness of and funds for Alzheimer’s disease. The concert will also feature the Epiphany Dancers and the Nashville Concerto Orchestra. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the composer at the reception afterward. Co-sponsored by MidSouth Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.


Donation: $15, Tickets available here.
Tickets will also be available at the door.

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2019 VBS - Holy Ground
Jun
24
to Jun 27

2019 VBS - Holy Ground

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Children ages 3 through rising 4th grade, come and hear our story! We will travel with Moses and the people of Israel as God prepares them to hear and respond to His call.

VBS will take place Monday, June 24, through Thursday, June 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. (with an optional light dinner at 5:30). If your child/children go to bed before the program is over, don't worry! Come for whatever part of the evening you can.

Rising 5th and 6th graders, come and be a shepherd, join in the fun. You will help lead the younger children from station to station. Do you want service hours? This would be a great start to becoming a leader!

There will again be an opportunity to help make installation art for the Cathedral.

Register Here

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Bike (or Bus) to Church Sunday
Jun
30
8:00 AM08:00

Bike (or Bus) to Church Sunday

Pump up those bike tires! Leave your car at home, jump on your bike, and join us on Sunday, June 30. The Cathedral will provide bike racks on the west side of the church for those who ride to church. You may also grab yourself a bus ticket and take the bus if you prefer. Parishioners are encouraged to worship that day in casual biking attire!

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Eastertide Solemn Choral Evensong
May
19
4:00 PM16:00

Eastertide Solemn Choral Evensong

Pre-Evensong concert at 3:30 p.m. by Will Thomas, Director of Music, Christ the King Episcopal Church, Tucson, Arizona. Choral Evensong sung by the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Dr. Michael Velting, Canon for Music; Joseph O'Berry, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, organ.
Free and open to the public. Reception following.

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Journey in Faith "The Basics" Miniseries
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Journey in Faith "The Basics" Miniseries

Are you interested in learning more about the basics of Christian belief and practice as manifested in the Episcopal Church? Join us for a new four-week Journey In Faith "miniseries" of classes beginning May 15 at 6 p.m. at the Diocesan House (3700 Woodmont Blvd.) This is a great way to be introduced to the Episcopal world for the first time as a newcomer or, for long-time Episcopalians, to be re-immersed in the mysteries of the faith!

Contact the Reverend Matthew Lewis for more information.

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"The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”
May
11
3:00 PM15:00

"The People United Will Never Be Defeated!”

"The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” (1975) piano, by Frederic Rzewski. One of Rzewski's most recognized piano works was composed as a collection of 36 variations on the Chilean song, "El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido" by Sergio Ortega.

Frederic Rzewski (b. 1938) is an American composer and pianist. In the 1960's, Rzewski emerged as one of the leading figures in American avant-garde movement. Throughout his career, Rzewski took special interest in social and political issues around the world and would draw inspiration from them for his compositions.
Performed by pianist Matthew Phelps, Director of Music at West End Methodist Church.

Suggested donation: $15, $5 students

Reception following.

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Habitat for Humanity Home Build
May
4
to May 5

Habitat for Humanity Home Build

We will be working alongside future homeowner Michael who lives with and cares for his 90-year-old mother, and he says he will feel more empowered and secure owning his own home. Christ Church Cathedral donated the funds to cover two of the eight days of construction, and it’s also up to us to provide the necessary people power to accomplish the build tasks on our days.

Each build day covers a variety of tasks and there will be different types of work for everyone. Food and drink will be covered, so all you have to do is sign up for a build day and show up dressed and ready to work!

Each day will start around 7:00 a.m. with breakfast and we’ll start working around 7:30 a.m. Most of us will work as teams on various tasks throughout the house. Habitat will provide all the tools and knowledge.  Lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. and then we’ll wrap up around 3:30 p.m.

Sign up here.

Any questions, please contact Fielding Logan either by phone 615-465-4227 or email fielding@qprime.com.

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A Holy Week Contemplative Anointing Service
Apr
15
6:30 PM18:30

A Holy Week Contemplative Anointing Service

Based on a service written by Cynthia Bourgeault, this contemplative prayer service remembering Mary Magdalene’s steadfast presence throughout Jesus’ passion, crucifixion, and resurrection, which began with an act of anointing as she sent Jesus forth, sealed in love, to his death.
Utilizing a meditative rhythm of readings, chanting, and silence, this prayer service culminates in an anointing of one another, as we remember not only Mary Magdalene’s gesture of profound love for Jesus, but her intention to anoint him a second time on Easter morning when she witnessed Christ resurrected.
All are welcome. We will gather in the Chancel.

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Youth Missions Registration Deadline
Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

Youth Missions Registration Deadline

Mission trips are community-building events in which we put into action what we are learning spiritually. This summer, our youth will serve our neighbors in Memphis and Nashville. Mission trips include project work, shared meals, connections with members of the community, morning and evening prayer and reflection, socializing, and fun.

Through these experiences, we build friendships, create bonds with people in the communities we serve, and deepen our faith. Register now for Urban Adventure Memphis (June 23-29) for youth in grades 8-11. and Urban Mission Nashville (July 14-18) for youth in grades 5-7. Spaces are first-come, first-serve.

Deadline to register is April 15.

REGISTER HERE

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Newcomers Brunch
Apr
7
12:30 PM12:30

Newcomers Brunch

New to Christ Church Cathedral? Interested in finding out a little more about the church community here in the heart of Nashville? Then come and join us for our Newcomers Brunch on April 7, following the 11 a.m. service, in Cheek Hall. We'll enjoy a catered lunch in fellowship with other newcomers and church members, while hearing more about the mission and community of Christ Church Cathedral. Please RSVP or direct any questions to the Reverend Matthew Lewis at mlewis@christcathedral.org

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Celebration Sunday
Mar
31
7:00 AM07:00

Celebration Sunday

Members and friends of Christ Church Cathedral will have the opportunity during worship services on Sunday, March 31, to pledge their support for Let The Doors Be Opened: The Campaign For Christ Church Cathedral. The goal: 100% participation from every household in the parish and $8 million. Your gift may be the one that pushes us over the dollar goal—and it is critical to reaching our goal of 100% participation—so please plan to come to church and turn in your gift intention card on March 31. For more information on the Capital Campaign, including an online gift intention form, click here.

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Vincent Dubois, Organ
Mar
24
4:00 PM16:00

Vincent Dubois, Organ

The youngest of three titular organists of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, Vincent Dubois has been hailed for his “stunning performances” of major works for organ. One critic wrote, “He plays with consummate passion and breathtaking virtuosity, yet with absolute technical control.” Reception following.

Sponsored by Gene Russell.

View program here.

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"Pizza & Prayer" Wednesday Lenten Book Study
Mar
20
to Apr 3

"Pizza & Prayer" Wednesday Lenten Book Study

Our annual Lenten formation book series will be led by the Reverend Matthew Lewis and the Reverend Lissa Smith on Wednesday evenings. The group will study Anthony Bloom's book Beginning to Pray. Come for pizza at 5:30 p.m. and discussion from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Books are available at the front desk, with a $5 donation appreciated!

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Parish Choir Sunday
Mar
17
10:00 AM10:00

Parish Choir Sunday

Join us for Parish Choir Sunday on March 17! We will meet at 10 a.m. in the Choir Room to rehearse to sing at the 11 a.m. Liturgy.

Everyone is most welcome and we'd love to have you sing with us. Please RSVP to Joseph O'Berry in the Music Office by Monday, March 11. When you RSVP, you will be sent an email with the hymns and anthems included so you can prepare for the rehearsal, if you wish. We look forward to seeing you on the 17th!

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Beating Guns Tour
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Beating Guns Tour

On Friday, March 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. the Cathedral will welcome Shane Claiborne and Mike Martin as part of their 38-city Beating Guns Tour. During the event, Mike, a Mennonite pastor turned blacksmith, will turn a gun into a garden tool on a forge set up in the parking lot, in a demonstration of the words of the prophet Isaiah: “and they shall beat their swords into plowshares.” (Isaiah 2:4)

The evening will include music and a discussion of the spiritual dynamics of a culture of fear and violence. Attendees will have an opportunity to write the hostilities of their hearts on pieces of paper and then burn them in the forge. Shane will present ideas for ways to address the epidemic of gun violence in America and will eventually be joined by Mike, who will present the tool he has made and give it away. The evening will conclude with a “benediction” in which Shane and Mike will send attendees out to live into the prophet Isaiah’s message. Afterward, Shane and Mike will be available to sign copies of their book Beating Guns: Hope for People Who Are Weary of Violence.

Tickets are free, but must be reserved here.

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Night of Peace Liturgy
Mar
10
6:00 PM18:00

Night of Peace Liturgy

Special edition of BreakingBread@6, a reflective worship to acknowledge the brokenness of our world, our communities, and our relationships with one another, as we uphold the Living God whose power renews and heals us. 

Please join us for this time of prayer, readings, music, candle lighting, and Eucharist as we continue our journey through Lent in peace and hope.

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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Mar
5
5:00 PM17:00

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

It's back! Come for pancakes and fellowship at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on March 5. Win Bassett and his crew will show their pancake-flipping prowess at this traditional evening of pre-fasting indulgence. Celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday, Shrove Tuesday (also called “Pancake Tuesday” or “Pancake Day”) is the final day before the 40-day period of Lent begins. 

Join us for this fun event!

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20th Annual Cathedral Chorister Festival 2019
Mar
2
to Mar 3

20th Annual Cathedral Chorister Festival 2019

We invite you and your Choristers to join us for our 20th Annual Cathedral Chorister Festival, to which we welcome Guest Director Nicholas White, Director of Chapel Music and Organist at St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH.

The Festival comprises a full day of rehearsals and social time on Saturday, March 2, and culminates on Sunday, March 3, with the singing of Festal Choral Evensong at 4 p.m.


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Absalom Jones Feast Day Holy Eucharist at BreakingBread@6
Feb
17
6:00 PM18:00

Absalom Jones Feast Day Holy Eucharist at BreakingBread@6

Join us for a Holy Eucharist celebrating the feast day of the Reverend Absalom Jones, the first African American priest in the Episcopal Church. The Liturgy will be hosted by the Beloved Community: Commission for Racial Reconciliation and Christ Church Cathedral. The Right Reverend Jeffery N. Leath, AME Bishop, of the 13th District of Kentucky and Tennessee will preach and the Right Reverend John C. Bauerschmidt will celebrate. Special music will be provided by the St. Bartholomew Chamber Singers directed by Dr. David Madeira. The Offering will be designated to Voorhees and St. Augustine Colleges.

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Rod McGaha, trumpet
Feb
15
7:30 PM19:30

Rod McGaha, trumpet

Popular trumpet virtuoso Rod McGaha combines a wide variety of influences into an eclectic, globally conscious blend with a fresh sound. Give your Valentine an evening of jazz—much more romantic than a box of chocolates! Reception following.

Suggested donation $15 | $5 students

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Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Retreat
Feb
15
to Feb 17

Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Retreat

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The 2019 Christ Church Cathedral Women’s Retreat is Friday afternoon, February 15 – Sunday morning, February 17, at DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, TN. It will be a very special weekend for women of all ages in the Cathedral Community. This year's theme "What is it you plan to do with your one and precious life?" is from Mary Oliver's poem The Summer Day.  Our speaker for the weekend is the Reverend Lissa Smith! There will be fellowship, workshops, small groups, coffee and conversation, intentional meals, leisure time, and FUN. This year, we are inviting young women (ages 16 and up) to join us as part of the mother-daughter experience. 

Registration is now CLOSED.

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Annual Parish Meeting Business Session
Jan
27
10:45 AM10:45

Annual Parish Meeting Business Session

On Sunday, January 27, there will be one Liturgy at 9 a.m., followed by the business session of the Annual Parish Meeting at 10:45 a.m. in the Nave. Childcare will be available during the meeting. Lunch will be served after the meeting at 12 p.m.

Election polls for the Vestry Election will be open in the Parish Hall at 8 a.m. and remain open until 12 p.m. Nominees for the Vestry Class of 2022: John Bridges, Elise Dugger, Dave Hansen, Jill Meese, Brooks Smith, Pete Stringer, Andrea Tucker, Ben Turnage, Varina Willse, and Ellen Wright.


According to Diocesan canons, an eligible voter must be at least 16 years of age; an enrolled, confirmed communicant in good standing at Christ Church Cathedral; and present at a polling station in order to cast a ballot. Each voter may vote for five nominees.

A flyer with photographs and biographical information for the 10 nominees above is available here. It is also be available on the pew rack in the reception area.

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Wisdom Weekend Retreat
Jan
25
to Jan 26

Wisdom Weekend Retreat

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Join us for a weekend retreat as we engage in Ancient Christian Wisdom practices including meditation, chanting, movements, and Lectio Divina. This weekend’s teaching will focus on the Law of Three – an ancient teaching regarding the law of creation - and the ways it relates to the Holy Trinity.  Join fellow wisdom seekers as we discover how the Law of Three can open our hearts, minds and bodies as we awaken in the world and more fully experience the mystery of God’s Holy Trinity.

Retreat leader, Jeanine Siler Jones, has studied extensively with modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, and writer Cynthia Bourgeault. Jeanine began her study with Bourgeault in 2009 and has been particularly interested in unpacking and applying her teaching from The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three: Discovering the Radical Truth at the Heart of Christianity (2013). Jeanine works as a Spiritually integrated Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director in Asheville, North Carolina, and leads Wisdom Tradition retreats throughout the region. We are delighted to welcome her, once again, to Christ Church Cathedral. 

Suggested donation is $25. Please complete registration form here.

Itinerary for the weekend:
Friday
Dinner: 6-6:45 p.m.
Teaching: 6:45-8:15 p.m.

Saturday
Lite Breakfast: 9 a.m.
Teaching
Lunch: 12-1:15 p.m.
Teaching
Dismissal 4:30 p.m.

For more information contact Meghan Gwaltney Manrique.

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S T Kimbrough Reading
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

S T Kimbrough Reading

S T Kimbrough, father of Dean Kimbrough, will be a featured poet at the Poet’s Corner program at Scarritt Bennett on Thursday, January 24 from 7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. in Fondren Hall. Mr. Kimbrough has had successful parallel careers as a musician, academician/churchman, and author with widespread experience in all three fields in the United States and abroad.

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Annual Parish Meeting Opening Session
Jan
20
9:30 AM09:30

Annual Parish Meeting Opening Session

On Sunday, January 20, at 9:30 a.m. in the Nave, the opening session of the Annual Parish Meeting will be held. The Vestry Nominating Committee will begin by introducing the following nominees for the Vestry Class of 2022: John Bridges, Elise Dugger, Dave Hansen, Jill Meese, Brooks Smith, Pete Stringer, Andrea Tucker, Ben Turnage, Varina Willse, and Ellen Wright. Immediately thereafter, nominations from the floor will be received. Election polls will open at 7:45 a.m. in the Parish Hall for pre-polling and remain open until 12:30 p.m. Polls will be open again from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for parishioners who attend BreakingBread@6. 

According to Diocesan canons, an eligible voter must be at least 16 years of age; an enrolled, confirmed communicant in good standing at Christ Church Cathedral; and present at a polling station in order to cast a ballot. Each voter may vote for five nominees.

A flyer with photographs and biographical information for the 10 nominees above is available here. It is also be available on the pew rack in the reception area.

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Discovery Weekend
Jan
11
to Jan 13

Discovery Weekend

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Our fourth annual Discovery Weekend! Discovery is a powerful weekend of spiritual renewal and formation for middle school and high school students. We are hosting a prayer vigil, asking for individuals to pray anytime during the hour, sign up here. You may pray in the location of your choice or join us on the Cathedral campus in the Chapel. For more information, contact Director of Youth Ministries Alison Bocking.

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Christmas Pageant
Dec
23
4:00 PM16:00

Christmas Pageant

Children of all ages are invited to be part of the Christ Church Cathedral Christmas Pageant on Sunday, December 23, at 4 p.m., followed by cookies and punch. There is a role and a space for every child. Older children will help younger children and we will all sing and be filled with joy at this wonderful gift of the Christ child among us. For more information, contact Caroline Bauerschmidt.

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Annual Festival of Lessons & Carols
Dec
16
4:00 PM16:00

Annual Festival of Lessons & Carols

Readers from the Christ Church Cathedral congregation join the Choir and Senior Choristers to trace in music and scripture the story of prophecy and fulfillment, from the foretelling of the coming of Christ through Advent and the Annunciation to the Incarnation of God's promise in the birth of our Savior.

Directed by:
Canon Dr. Michael Velting, Organist and Choirmaster
Joseph O'Berry, Assistant Organist and Choirmaster, organ

Reception following.

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Jesse Tree Event
Dec
15
1:00 PM13:00

Jesse Tree Event

Many in our parish family are unable to come to church due to illness or infirmity. A wonderful way to share the love of Christ during the season of Advent is to make a visit to a parishioner and present them with a Jesse Tree*.

Please consider gathering your family or a group of friends and join us on December 15 at 1:00 p.m. for a brief time of fellowship and carol singing before being sent out to make your visit.

If you have a family member who would like to receive a visit on December 15 or you would like to participate, please contact the Reverend Lissa Smith or call 615-255-7729.

*The Jesse Tree is a small evergreen that represents Jesus’ family tree that rises from Jesse of Bethlehem, the father of King David. It is decorated with symbols portraying Jesus’ ancestors.

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