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The CATHEDRAL TIMES The weekly newsletter of the Cathedral of St. Philip · Serving Atlanta and the World · June 9, 2019

THE WONDER OF WEAKNESS By the Rev. Lauren Holder Canon for Outreach and Congregational Life Recently our family went camping with a group of friends. To many, the idea of camping with 14 toddlers probably sounds like a nightmare, especially when the forecast calls for rain all weekend. But we packed our rain jackets and galoshes and prepared for an epic weekend of puddle jumping contests. We arrived at our yurt later than expected on Friday evening, but early enough to let the kids play with their friends while we unloaded the car. After getting all the wiggles out, we set off to tackle bedtime routines in unfamiliar spaces. The next morning each family had their own breakfast preparations, which quickly became a loaves and fishes experience. One family had too much of something, another too little of something else. The kids quickly asked to share whatever was on their friend’s plate. The adults shared all the coffee. Many moments of community touched my heart throughout the weekend, but the most poignant was the morning of our departure. Everything around us was drenched from the night before and the kids were enjoying a game of chase after the storms abated. Suddenly Jay and I heard the cries of our son. Even with 14 toddlers, you know the distinct sound of your own child’s cry. Rushing over, Jay began asking the kids what had happened and how Charlie had fallen. I took one look at Charlie’s head and said, “It doesn’t matter what happened—we have to get to a hospital.” The next ten minutes are a blur. Two parents rushed to help Jay pack the car. One parent put a blanket on the table for Charlie to lay on. Another grabbed the first aid kit. The children gathered around Charlie, his closest friend sitting right beside him, calm and comforting as could be while Charlie cried. Soon we were getting in the car. I strapped my two kids in while Jay mapped out our course. Before crawling into the back seat to keep pressure on Charlie’s wound, several of the moms circled round me. One of them handed me some dried fruit and said, “snacks for the hospital.” Only then did I let my guard down and allow myself to feel the welcome weight of their love, dissolving into tears. A moment later I put my brave face back on for the drive down the mountain. Charlie is fine and we enjoyed an unexpected trip to the Chattanooga Choo Choo after stiches and a popsicle. I’m so glad he’s ok. But I’m just as thankful for the moment of weakness—the beautiful moment of receiving love and support from my friends—a moment I could have missed if I’d been too stubborn in my bravery. Because really—it’s all brave. Going through the motions, doing what needs to be done, being the strong presence your loved one needs—all of that is brave. But setting it all down for a moment of vulnerability is also brave. Letting your friends see your fear so they pour more strength into you, sometimes that’s just as hard as holding it all together. Both are important—the holding and the letting go—just like breathing in and breathing out. I hope you too find welcome moments of weakness this summer—that you would let your guard down long enough to let others fill you up again. That you would be refreshed in your vulnerability so that you can carry on, braver than before.


JUNE 9, 2019 · The Feast of Pentecost, Year C

Acts 2:1-21 · Psalm 104:25-35, 37 · Romans 8:14-17 · John 14:8-17, 25-27


Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Thee Smith

8:45 A.M. BAPTISM AND HOLY EUCHARIST, CATHEDRAL Celebrant: The Rev. Canon Lauren Holder Preacher: The Rev. Canon George Maxwell Cathedral Choir (Tenors and Basses): Howard Helvey, O lux beatissima Timothy C. Takach, Veni Creator Spiritus Baptisms: Forrest Lee Champion V, son of Forrest and Haley Champion Wilson Kyle York, son of Travis and Kim York

9 A.M. BAPTISM AND HOLY EUCHARIST, MIKELL CHAPEL Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Thee Smith Baptism: Wesley Watson Snapp, son of Wesley and Meredith Snapp

11:15 A.M. BAPTISM AND HOLY EUCHARIST, CATHEDRAL Celebrant: The Rev. Canon Lauren Holder Preachers: The Rev. Canon George Maxwell Cathedral Choir (Tenors and Basses): Howard Helvey, O lux beatissima Timothy C. Takach, Veni Creator Spiritus Baptisms: William Wehr Gillson, son of Billy and Dudley Gillson Claire Elizabeth Palmer, daughter of Spencer and Sara Palmer

11:15 A.M. LA SANTA EUCARISTÍA, MIKELL CHAPEL Celebrant: The Rev. Canon Lauren Holder Preacher: The Rev. Deacon Juan Sandoval


The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler, Dean Dale Adelmann, Ph.D., Canon for Music The Rev. Lauren R. Holder, Canon for Outreach and Congregational Life The Rev. George M. Maxwell, Jr., Vicar The Rev. Catherine Zappa, Canon for Education and Worship The Rev. John William Harkins III, Ph.D., Priest Associate The Rev. Deacon Juan Sandoval, Deacon for Hispanic Ministries The Rev. Theophus “Thee” Smith, Ph.D., Priest Associate The Rev. Carolynne G. Williams, Canon Associate for Pastoral Care and Elder Ministry Austin Hall, Senior Warden Dorsey DeLong, Junior Warden


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Spiritual director, chaplain, and Cathedral parishioner Barbara Pendergrast will offer an introduction to the life and thought of Howard Thurman (1899–1981) this Sunday, June 9, at 10:10 a.m. in Child Hall. Thurman was a spiritual adviser to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and a mystic and theologian, whose commitment to social justice was fed by his rich contemplative life. All are welcome!

This summer, we are working with our partner LaAmistad to offer a ten-session Spanish class for adults. Taught by a professional Spanish teacher and native bilingual speaker, the course uses a hybrid approach, with the Warren Hardy method, to have you speaking after ten weeks. The cost for the ten

OUR TRUE SELVES Room 240, led by the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith

sessions is $200, plus $29.95 for books. The classes will be Wednesdays, 5 – 6:30 p.m., from June 12 – August 21. (There is no meeting on July 3.) For more information, contact Canon Cathy Zappa, To register or to learn more about LaAmistad’s classes, go to

SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY Room 122, led by Gordon Mathis and Jim Bingham

BIBLICAL GREEK Room 356 (1:15–2:45 p.m.), led by the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith

PRAYER List FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL OR RECOVERING: LONG TERM PRAYERS T. Mayo and Pat Atkins • Christian Bensah • Virginia Bicksler • John Blair • Pat Brinson • Dick Burgin • Wicke Chambers • Heather Clark • Terry Dornbush • Sarah duBignon • Kitty Dukehart • Lee Duncan • Randy Farmer • Rita Fink • William Ham • Caroline Hatcher • Katie Hughey • Louise Kan • Jack Lumanog •

Elaine Lyon • Frank Mathews  • Lorri McClain  • Carol McDonald  • Kay McPherson  • Jim McKenzie  • Cecil Miner • Charlie Neal • Marian Palmore • Garry Pryor • Rubye and Wayne Reid • Agnes Elizabeth

Robertson • Louis "Skip" Schueddig • Brian Sturgell • Ruth Swanson • Julie Thompson • Faye Van Winkle • Sandy Williamson • Randy Wilson • Hollis Youngner

FAMILY AND FRIENDS Eileen Abeyesundere • Alex Collins Astrop • Bettina Bass • Caroline Brewer • Connie Brittain • Amie Beth Clark • Spencer Corrigan • Joseph Counahan • Sandra Daniel • Annelly Deets • Lee Dvonch • Cheryl • Deborah

Ellington • Linda Evans • Rosalyn Flanagan • Helen Nixon Fleming • Carleton Fuller • Ann Gressette • Ken and Marcia Gorton • Peggy Govan • Bobby Hearn • Patricia Hentz • Greg Hentz • Heather Hooper •

Charlie Jones and Family • Paul Jossey • Sun Ja Kim • Wanda Lewis • Betty C. Lyons • Pat Martin • Michelle Maxwell • Homer Stewart Mullins • Linus Nickel • Steven Norman • Andi Otey • Rosemary Palmer • Penelope

Rose Price • Bill Poole • Grant Rhame • Frank Roth • Ernest Sandoval • James Sands • Karl Schaffenburg • Grant Sharrow • Ken Singleton • Tina Susco • Pierson Thames • Roger Traylor • Janiece Townshend • Sandra Wallace • Ron M. Wallace • Marion Wilson • Whit A. Wright • Patricia Young


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Join us as we hang up our cassocks and let our hair down to show a side of ourselves you will never see on Sunday morning! The musical feast will be augmented

by desserts and beverages for your enjoyment, and a silent auction with treasures from the vaults of some of our wonderfully generous parishioners. Tickets are available online at and from the Cathedral Book Store. (Note date, not June 22 as previously published.)

SPIRITUALITY "WOMEN OF THE BIBLE" PILGRIMAGE TO ISRAEL IN 2020 (FOR MEN AND WOMEN) Join other Cathedral parishioners and pilgrims from around the world for a spiritual retreat with St. George’s College in Israel. We will be participating in a ten-day study pilgrimage called “Women of the Bible,” which offers a reflective spiritual experience for women and men who wish to focus on often overlooked perspectives in the Bible. The program is based in two venues: St. George’s College in Jerusalem and in a guest house in Galilee. In addition to the study pilgrimage, our Cathedral group will have extra days at the beginning and the end of the pilgrimage to explore this holy region on our own. The travel dates are May 31-June 14, 2020. The estimated cost is $5000, though we are still in the beginning stages of pricing group airfares and ground transportation. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to sign up. Space is limited! If you are interested, contact Jeannie Mahood, jmahood@ or 404-365-1031, or Cathy Zappa, or 404-365-1043, for more complete information.

As Episcopalians, we have promised in our Baptismal Covenant to “seek and serve Christ in all persons” and to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” In an effort to better understand our country’s troubled history and its impact on all of us, you are invited to participate in any and all of these summer opportunities for learning, and open and safe conversations.

BOOK DISCUSSION OF JUST MERCY: A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION BY BRYAN STEVENSON Sunday, June 30, 4-6 p.m., Walthour Library “A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.”

BOOK DISCUSSION OF THE CROSS AND THE LYNCHING TREE BY JAMES H. CONE Thursday, July 25, 5-7 p.m., Walthour Library “An exploration of these emotionally charged symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of black folk.” Both discussions will be led by Canon Cathy Zappa and the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE, AND THE LEGACY MUSEUM Wednesday, August 7, 8 a.m. until approximately 8 p.m. Montgomery, Alabama Cost: $20 (includes lunch)


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