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The CATHEDRAL TIMES The weekly newsletter of the Cathedral of St. Philip · Serving Atlanta and the World · September 15, 2019

THE MYSTERY OF FAITH By the Very Rev. Sam Candler, Dean of the Cathedral Believe it or not, I do still have discussions with people who profess not to believe in God. Obviously, I realize such discussions occur all over the place; but one would think that most of my own conversations occur with people who profess some religious or spiritual belief – people whose lives touch mine in and around the community of faith that is the Cathedral of St. Philip. But I thrive on conversations with people who do not have a history with Christianity or the Cathedral. I enjoy those conversations – conversations which touch the heart of spiritual searching and wonder. When discussing the existence of God with someone who does not believe in God, the question I often ask is different from: Do you believe in God? Instead, the question I ask is: Do you believe in Mystery? And then: do you believe in The Mystery? Well, one might ask, what is “The Mystery?” I believe, somehow, that “Mystery” exists. It is the power behind every scientific theorem, and behind every self-giving act of love. The Mystery is the rhythm of energy that moves and flows in and around all life. Classical philosophy, and Saint Thomas Aquinas, wrote of a “First Mover,” whom one might name as God. By whatever name, however, that first mover was Primal Energy itself: the first force of life in the world, the power, the attraction (and also the repulsion – in terms of self-differentiation) that, piece by piece, assembles what we experience as the world today. The small phrase, “mystery of faith,” appears only once in the Bible, rather insignificantly, as Saint Paul is describing how a deacon should act: “Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in much wine, not greedy for money; they must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience” (1 Timothy 3:8–9). But Saint Paul provides a fuller description of “The Mystery” in the Letter to the Colossians: “God’s commission that was given to me [was] to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known … the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:25–28). The mystery, says Saint Paul, is that Christ is in us, the hope of glory! I believe in Jesus Christ, of course, but I also believe that The Christ is in us, that The Christ is that power of God, that moving energy of God, which is in each and every one of us. In our Sunday service, in Eucharistic Prayer A, we say: “Let us proclaim the mystery of faith: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.” Wow. The mystery of faith is that Christ is in us. The mystery of faith is that we live our lives according to the mystery of Falling and Rising, Death and Life, Dying and Living, taking Bread, breaking it, and giving it away. There is glory in this rhythm, and there is deep love in this rhythm. For me, that is what belief in God is. It is not so much an intellectual assent at all. It is a realization that I am empowered by this rhythm, and by connecting daily to this rhythm of death and new life. The rhythm, the pattern, can be found and described in all sorts of ways; for me, the Bible and the Christian tradition describe it. The Christ, which is the incarnational energy of God, is actually in me. Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.


SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 · The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 19, Year C Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28 · Psalm 14 · 1 Timothy 1:12-17 · Luke 15:1-10


Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Julia Mitchener

8:45 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, CATHEDRAL Celebrant: The Very Rev. Sam Candler Preacher: The Rev. Canon Cathy Zappa Cathedral Singers: John Ireland, Greater love hath no man Thomas Tallis, Salvator mundi I


Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Julia Mitchener

11:15 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, CATHEDRAL Celebrant: The Very Rev. Sam Candler Preacher: The Rev. Canon Cathy Zappa Cathedral Choir: John Ireland, Greater love hath no man Thomas Tallis, Salvator mundi I

11:15 A.M. LA SANTA EUCARISTÍA, MIKELL CHAPEL Celebrant: The Rev. Dr. Bill Harkins Preacher: The Rev. Deacon Juan Sandoval

4 P.M. CHORAL EVENSONG, CATHEDRAL THE FEAST OF THE HOLY CROSS Officiant and Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Thee Smith Cathedral Schola: Richard Ayleward, Preces and Responses Thomas Tallis, Short Service Giovanni Maria Nanino, Adoramus te, Christe Thomas Tallis, Salvator mundi I


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. Nathan G. Huddleston, Priest Associate for Youth and Young Adult Ministries The Rev. Julia B. Mitchener, Priest Associate for Children’s Ministries 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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Most regular children’s, youth, and adult Sunday School classes meet at 10:10 a.m.



Child Hall Contemplating Christ: How to Become a Mystic without Really Trying!

Room 120 Join Canon Lauren Holder and Canon Cathy Zappa as we explore what it means to live out our faith through conversation with scripture and tradition, contemporary books, and, most important, one another. All are welcome! We will kick off this fall with a study of the Enneagram, a spiritual personality typing system and helpful resource for spiritual growth.

OUR TRUE SELVES Room 240 The Rev. Dr. Thee Smith leads this series of co-listening classes that aim to enhance our ability to be fully ourselves—our true, worthy, and estimable selves. Topics can include everyday experiences and range through tough political issues as well as lifestyle choices and faith matters. For more information contact the Rev. Dr. Smith, or 404-365-1093. What will the church of the future will look like? The Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner famously said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all.” Rahner was convinced that the secularization of life that began after the end of the Second World War would pull people away from the church. He feared that, if people did not have a deep experience of God, they would not commit themselves to a sustained life of faith. This term, we are looking at what it means to be a mystic (it’s not as extraordinary as you might think!) and how the recovery of the contemplative tradition in the church might change how we go about being church. This Sunday, September 15, Canon Maxwell will talk about how our belief in the Incarnation has made mystics of us all. As always, you will find a light heart, a broad welcome, and good coffee. We look forward to seeing you!



Room 239 Canon Carolynne Williams leads this fall series based upon G. Porter Taylor’s book, To Dream as God Dreams: Sermons of Community, Conversion, and Hope. The class will not meet the next two Sundays, September 15 or 22, but will resume Sunday, September 29.

Room 356 Continuing Biblical Greek classes are offered on Sundays from 1:15–2:45 p.m. for anyone who wants to learn the basics of translation using grammar aids, lexicons, and commentaries. For more information, contact the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith at tsmith@

Room 121 Join Jeff Cunningham, Kathy Loomis, Michelle Perkins, and Scott Russell as they follow along with lessons of the students in Sunday School and apply them to the family context. All parents are welcome!

SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY Room 122 Jim Bingham and Gordon Mathis lead an ongoing small group Bible Study focusing on a particular book of the Bible for several months at a time. This year, we are reading the Gospel of Matthew. For more information, please contact Jim Bingham at 404-373-3273 or



VOLUNTEER Opportunities



This Sunday, September 15 at 3:15 p.m., we welcome Atlanta organist Barbara Salter for a recital in the Cathedral. A native of Minnesota, Barbara graduated from Cornell College before studying as a Fulbright Scholar at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, Austria, under Anton Heiller. A performer multiple times on the Cathedral’s series, Barbara will perform works by Bach and Jehan Alain.

Have fun, meet new people, and get more involved with the Cathedral while working for a very worthy cause! The Cathedral Antiques Show Committee is currently seeking Cathedral members to lend their time and talents in a variety of areas as we prepare for the 2020 show and look ahead to our 50th show in 2021! We are especially seeking those with experience in the areas of advertising, publicity, marketing, public relations, and media to join our Publicity Committee. The annual Cathedral Antiques Show is an Atlanta tradition and the largest outreach mission of the Cathedral. Last year’s show raised over $200,000 for Wilderness Works. This year’s beneficiary is Moving in the Spirit and will be held January 2226. Learn more at Won’t you please lend a hand? Contact the Antiques Show office at 404-365-1107 or

SPIRITUALITY LABYRINTH AND TAIZÉ ON MONDAY Do you seek more spiritual direction to find peace and purpose in your life? Connect with other seekers on the outdoor labyrinth this Monday, September 16 for our third Monday labyrinth walk and Taizé service. Walking the labyrinth is a metaphor for our life journey, where spiritual questions are answered and peace emerges from within. Join us from 7-8 p.m. and bring a friend! Orientation for newcomers is at 6:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the walk will be in Child Hall. The Taizé prayer service starts at 8 p.m. in Mikell Chapel. Originating in Taizé, France, this simple service of scripture, music, and candlelight will bring a beautiful and prayerful close to your Monday. The Labyrinth Walk and Taizé take place every third Monday at the Cathedral. Come to one, or both – and bring a friend!

UPCOMING EVENTS Lunch & Labyrinth Wednesday, September 25, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.on the outdoor labyrinth. Lunch available for purchase in Child Hall. Taizé Brothers Wednesday, October 2, Brother John and Brother Émile from the Taizé Community, France, will be here for conversation and a Taizé prayer service.

FARMERS MARKET Peachtree Road Farmers Market, which takes place Saturdays at the Cathedral, relies on the work of volunteers to assist with setting up market and breaking down the site at the end of the day. We also need volunteers to answer customer questions at the information booth, assist the chef during chef demos, operate our SNAP benefit program, assist with merchandise sales and other tasks. If you are interested in volunteering, please email the communications coordinator at carly@

WEDDING GUILD Wedding Guild members work with each couple before their wedding rehearsal, assist the clergy with the rehearsal, and coordinate preparations for the ceremony on the wedding day. The guild is the welcoming committee for those getting married as well as their families and guests. We want all participants in or attendees of Cathedral weddings to leave the ceremony saying what a beautiful experience they had. The guild welcomes and needs new members. To learn more about our ministry, please come to our next meeting on Saturday, September 28 at 10 a.m. in the large conference room across from Child Hall, or contact Sherri Musgrove at 404-6419657 or Joan Gilbert at 404-310-2791.

CONGREGATIONAL Life THE ROAD BACK TO YOU – AN ENNEAGRAM JOURNEY TO SELF-DISCOVERY Have you ever wondered if you are living your authentic self as God created you to be? The Enneagam is an ancient personality type system used to understand how we are wired, both positively and negatively. In this six-week book club hosted by St. Clare’s Guild, Canon Cathy Zappa and Caroline Wallace will facilitate a Christian approach using The Road Back to You – An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile. In discovering one’s true self, we can discern how to use our unique God-given gifts for the good of others and the world, to develop a greater compassion and understanding for others, and to grow in our love for God. The group will meet in the Gould Room from 1–2:30 p.m. on Mondays, September 9 – October 21 (except October 14). All women are welcome! Please RSVP to cfwallace2@comcast. net so we know how many to expect. Purchase the book prior to the first class at the Cathedral Book Store for a 10% discount, either in person or online at

ONE DAY CULTURAL COMPETENCE WORKSHOP The Cathedral is hosting a workshop presented by One Small Change, Inc. on Friday, September 20, from 10 a m. – 3 p.m. These one-day Cultural Competence workshops are designed to create dialogue and introduce “foundational” concepts for how one person can make a positive difference. We address topics such as prejudice, implicit and explicit bias, poverty, privilege, the impact of stereotypes, microaggressions, and the role of expectation. We will cover different topics using a variety of media film clips and resources, large and small group activity, and home and pre-work assignments. The One Small Change facilitators emphasize strengths and dialogue, which make this training a positive and effective learning environment. Participants will learn to develop and practice skills that will help them navigate and create sustainable effective change and match their services to the communities in which they serve. There is no charge for this training, but space is limited so register soon: Contact Jeannie Mahood,, with any questions.

SUPER FOYERS Do you enjoy eating good food and meeting new people? Then Foyers is for you! Experience friends, food, and fellowship in small groups of 8-10 each month beginning with Super Foyers on Sunday, September 15 at 6 p.m. in Child Hall. Please contact Danny and Jennifer DuBose,, with your name, address, phone number, and email to sign up.

ST. MONICA’S GUILD Moms of young children are invited to join St. Monica’s Guild on Tuesday, September 24 at 7 p.m. in the Gould Room when the guild will start its discussion of The Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans. From 7-7:30 p.m. we’ll have fellowship, then at 7:30 we’ll start the discussion. Light snacks will be available. For the full experience of our book study, please read the Introduction and the chapter on Gentleness for this evening. For a lighter experience, just come and enjoy being part of the discussion. We'll continue reading this fun and thoughtprovoking book through May, gathering on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month for fellowship and discussion. St. Monica’s Guild is a group of mothers with young children ranging in age from newborn to middle school. Our focuses are spiritual growth, service, and fellowship. For more information on this and other St. Monica’s events, please contact Leslie Meriwether., or Dana Brewer,

HISPANIC Ministries QUINCEAÑERA, WHAT IS IT? By Deacon Juan Sandoval In many Hispanic countries, a celebration honoring the 15th birthday of a daughter is an important celebration of her life, for it is through this celebration that the religious service is considered the marker signifying the girl’s transformation into a responsible adult. This transition is one that signifies the change in responsibilities like work, volunteerism, and a new place in the family structure. In ancient days it was also considered the age the young lady could marry. This ceremony dates back centuries to when, in Mexico, the Spaniards conquered the Aztecs (1521) and religious traditions of the Spaniards and Aztecs were blended. The ceremony is celebrated in many Hispanic countries. This is a rite, not unlike the sweet sixteen or debutante ball. The young lady is typically dressed in a formal and is accompanied by chamberlains and sometimes also accompanied by other young ladies. While the service is typically in a church, it can also be done in other locales. In the Quinceañera, other specific rituals take place: the girl passes down a doll to a younger sister or relative, which connotes that she is transforming into an adult with more responsibilities. Other usual gifts include a Bible (as she presents herself to God) and more recently, presentation of a ring that signifies moving to a new life with new responsibilities.

OUTREACH PRISON MINISTRY TRAINING Join the Cathedral, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, and Covenant Presbyterian Church on Sunday, September 22 from 2–4 p.m. to learn about the work of Restoration Partners, the prison ministry of these three parishes. Whether you simply want to learn about how our congregations are working together to support Georgia’s incarcerated, you have been working in this ministry for some time, or you want to determine whether this ministry is right for you, we invite you to join us for networking, discussion of the theological basis for, and training in the practical aspects of prison ministry. We’ll examine our current programs and imagine the possibilities for future collaboration and support among our churches. Bring your questions, reflections, and ideas to the meeting in Heritage Hall at Peachtree Road UMC. Please RSVP by September 16 to Contact Nicole Lambelet, seminarian@, with any questions.

In the church service, the young lady writes a prayer and

thanks God for her life, then presents her life to God. Here at the Cathedral, the Quinceañera reads aloud the prayer she has written as well as vows to the Lord. The gifts given by the Godparents and parents include a Bible, a rosary, and a bouquet of flowers. The flowers are presented near the end of the service to the Virgin Mary (icon or statue) and a prayer of intercession is said. At the end of the service all stand to sing to the Quinceañera a traditional birthday song, Las mañanitas. The church service is usually followed by a grand social event which includes music, dancing, and food. Many extended family and friends often assist in making contributions to assist in providing all that is necessary for such a grand occasion.

Clases de Primera Comunión Instruida a 10am. Octubre 6 a Noviembre 17 con ensaya en Diciembre.

MEMBERSHIP TRANSITIONS BIRTH Wesley Ruth Alexander, daughter of David and Elizabeth Alexander, born on August 17, 2019

NEW MEMBERS Emily and Bud Murphy, from Smyrna, Georgia

DEATHS George Livingston Adams, Jr., husband of Tina Adams, father of Amelia and George Adams, died September 1, 2019 Frank Meriwether Mathews, died September 4, 2019



Godly Play, our Sunday School classes for children age 2 through fifth grade, take place Sundays at 10:10 a.m. Helping parents to access age-appropriate ways to participate in and reflect on our liturgical life, our sacred stories, our call to Christian service, our charge to share the Good News, and our shared spiritual life is essential to our ministry with children. Godly Play is at the heart of our Sunday morning classes and the Godly Play philosophy permeates all that we do with children and families at the Cathedral.

At each baptism in the Episcopal church, several questions are asked of those wanting to begin a new life in the community of Christ. While some of these questions are about belief, others detail practices which sustain us in the work of “seeking and serving Christ in all persons.” In preparation for our pilgrimage to the Legacy Museum on October 19, the high school Sunday School class will explore how Christians in this region of the U.S. have both succeeded and failed in their practices to “honor the dignity of every human being.” Join us for conversations about how our faith calls us to engage the legacy of our shared history. We meet in Room 368 from 10:10–11 a.m. (Please note: Students need not attend the pilgrimage to participate in Sunday classes. The themes and ideas that will be presented in class are applicable to everyday life and all youth are encouraged to attend).

COLABORATE: BIBLE STUDY (MIDDLE SCHOOL) Sixth through eighth graders: join us for middle school Sunday School! This year we will take an in-depth look into the New

Testament. Based on the “Colaborate: Bible Study” curriculum by Sparkhouse, we will use activities, videos, and scripture to ask questions such as, “Why do we hold Paul in such high esteem, given his poor track record with Christians?” and “Where did the Bible take place?” We meet in Room 382 from 10:10–11 a.m.

PRAYER List FOR THOSE WHO ARE ILL OR RECOVERING: LONG TERM PRAYERS T. Mayo and Pat Atkins • Christian Bensah • Virginia Bicksler • John Blair • Gary Bodner • Dick Burgin •

Bernice Burton • Wicke Chambers • Heather Clark • Suzy Cohen • Terry Dornbush • Sarah duBignon • Kitty Dukehart • Lee Duncan • Randy Farmer • Rita Fink • William Ham • Caroline Hatcher • Katie Hughey •

Louise Kan • Elaine Lyon • Lorri McClain • Carol McDonald • Jim McKenzie • Glenn Miller • Cecil Miner • Royce Mitchell • Susan Myers • Charlie Neal • Marian Palmore • Garry Pryor • Rubye and Wayne Reid •

Tommy Ripley • Agnes Elizabeth Robertson • Louis "Skip" Schueddig • Brian Sturgell • Julie Thompson • Faye Van Winkle • Sandy Williamson • Randy Wilson • Hollis Youngner

FAMILY AND FRIENDS Eileen Abeyesundere • Alex Collins Astrop • Karyn Bacon • Daniel Baker • Bettina Bass • Mr. and Mrs. William Boyd • Caroline Brewer • Connie Brittain • Joe Bumbak • Andrew Clark • Lisa Cooper • Joseph Counahan • Sandra Daniel • Annelly Deets • Aurelia Dunnam • Cheryl • Deborah Ellington • Carleton Fuller • Laura Gardner • Ann Gressette • Peggy Govan • Terry Harville • Greg Hentz • George Thomas Hole • Hannah Bowen Jones • Charlie Jones and Family • Mark Kaish • Sun Ja Kim • Betty C. Lyons • Pat Martin • Michelle Maxwell • Ann McCann • Michael McClelland • Lauren McConville • Desi McGinty • George Mori • Liz Nelson • Donna Norman • Steven Norman • Andi Otey • Kathlyn Pattillo • Bill Poole • Frank Roth • James Sands • Beverly Schellhase • Karl Schaffenburg • Idamay Shaw • Daniel Ladson Shwab • Donna Steigerwald • Tina Susco • Pierson Thames • Jeffrey Thomas • Roger Traylor • Janiece Townshend • Ron M. Wallace • Whit A. Wright • Patricia Young

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED George Adams, Jr. • Earl Holman • Frank Mathews

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Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. | Child Hall Free and open to the public. Reserve a seat at During the Vietnam War, hundreds of American prisoners of war (POWs) faced years of brutal conditions and horrific torture at the hands of North Vietnamese guards and interrogators who ruthlessly plied them for military intelligence and propaganda. Determined to maintain their Code of Conduct, the POWs developed a powerful underground resistance. The members of these military families banded together and showed the courage not only to endure years of doubt about the fate of their husbands and fathers, but to bravely fight for their safe return. A powerful story of survival and triumph, Alvin Townley’s Defiant will inspire anyone wondering how courage, faith, and brotherhood can endure even in the darkest of situations. Defiant is available at the Cathedral Book Store. Townley’s newest book Captured is the young adult telling of the story of Defiant.

Baptismal Candidates, by Jack Spencer Part of the Preachers and Leaders collection

ART at the Cathedral THE GOOD BOOKS AND PREACHERS AND LEADERS As part of the Cathedral Art Committee’s rotating exhibitions in the Atrium, we are honored to present two loaned exhibitions from the Donna and Jim Philips collection. The theme of their collection Preachers and Leaders captures a wide range of hope, love, and forgiveness through the lens of some of our most important photographs of the 20th century. Within the exhibition, images of Civil Rights marches, baptismal scenes, and Sunday morning rituals come alive. One begins to examine everyone’s role within their faith, not only as a participant but as a leader within their community. Iconic portraits of key figures, such as Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Schweitzer and Billy Graham, stand side by side with devout believers, emphasizing everyone’s greater role. The artist Terri Garland found herself in the city of New Orleans months after Hurricane Katrina desecrated the city. Walking through Central City and the Lower Ninth Ward, Garland began exploring the damaged churches within those areas. It was there that she found these Bibles and prayer books that had been pulled from their mud-caked pews and condemned church floors. Through The Good Books, Garland interprets these images as relics of former communities of faith and fellowship. These serviceable books bound neighbor to neighbor in the shared act of thanksgiving and worship. The elements of water, earth, and air have irrevocably altered these books and their purpose. Nature has taken these ruined books of worship and transformed them into water-logged objects of color and texture. Thanks to Anna Walker Skillman and Jackson Fine Art for their help in curating these exhibits. If you are interested in donating one of the pieces to the Cathedral, please contact David Rocchio at 404-3651033 or If you are interested in personally purchasing one of the works for your collection, please contact Coco Conroy at Jackson Fine Art, 404-233-3739 or

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