The CATHEDRAL TIMES The weekly newsletter of the Cathedral of St. Philip · Serving Atlanta and the World · September 22, 2019
RAISING CHILDREN By the Very Rev. Sam Candler, Dean of the Cathedral Children! They are the great signs of life in any community. And children of all ages, roaming through the Cathedral of St. Philip, are part of what gives this community great life. Some of the most patient people I know are the parents and caregivers of these children. Healthy caregivers often willingly surrender their own hopes and interests, in order to guide and nurture their children. The father foregoes two hours of his Saturday in order to take his daughter to her soccer game. The mother says No to dinner with a friend in order to spend time with her son and his homework. At church, I witness incredible patience from those with children. Adults are listening to their children’s questions, even over the very interesting adult discussions. Grandparents sit patiently while smaller children fidget and squirm. One of the most important discoveries I ever made about my own children, and now my own grandchildren, is that they are not actually mine. I do not remember anyone ever telling me this, but I sure figured it out soon enough. The more I tried to control and shape them as if I owned them, the more I failed as a father. We parents have enormous responsibility in guiding and nurturing and leading our children—of course!—but ultimately these children are not ours. They are different from us; they learn and grow FROM us. Patience. This realization of holy difference, and healthy self-differentiation, is what produces patience. I believe that the most patient among parents and grandparents are those who realize that they do not own their children, that their children are separate from them. If I had read Kahlil Gibran more carefully long ago, maybe I would have discovered this holy differentiation earlier. But his poem, On Children, describes this relationship wonderfully: On Children (Kahlil Gibran, from The Prophet, 1923) And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children. And he said: Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2019 · The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 20, Year C Jeremiah 8:18-9:1 · Psalm 79:1-9 · 1 Timothy 2:1-7 · Luke 16:1-13
7:45 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, MIKELL CHAPEL
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Canon George Maxwell
8:45 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, CATHEDRAL Celebrant: The Rev. Nate Huddleston Preacher: The Very Rev. Sam Candler Cathedral Singers and Choristers: T. Frederick H. Candlyn, King of glory, King of peace Bob Chilcott, Be thou my vision
9 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, MIKELL CHAPEL
Celebrant and Preacher: The Rev. Canon George Maxwell
11:15 A.M. HOLY EUCHARIST, CATHEDRAL Celebrant: The Rev. Canon Lauren Holder Preacher: The Very Rev. Sam Candler Cathedral Choir: Herbert Howells, Thee will I love, my God and King Gerald Near, There is a balm in Gilead
11:15 A.M. LA SANTA EUCARISTÍA, MIKELL CHAPEL Celebrant: The Rev. Canon Cathy Zappa Preacher: The Rev. Deacon Juan Sandoval
4 P.M. CHORAL EVENSONG, CATHEDRAL THE FEAST OF ST. MATTHEW Officiant and Preacher: The Rev. Canon Carolynne Williams Cathedral Schola: Richard Shephard, Preces and Responses Charles Villers Stanford in A Herbert Howells, Thee will I love, my God and King Charles Wood, Hail, gladdening Light
The CATHEDRAL of ST. PHILIP
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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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.
WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOUR STUDENTS ARE LEARNING IN SUNDAY SCHOOL? 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 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 22, we will look at the dramatic story in Genesis 2 and 3 of Adam and Eve and their exile from the Garden of Eden. Canon Maxwell will talk about what this story tells us about ourselves and where we should look for the God of love that we long to know. As always, you will find a light heart, a broad welcome, and good coffee. We look forward to seeing you!
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 email@example.com.
COMMUNITY, CONVERSION, AND HOPE 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 next Sunday, September 22, but will resume Sunday, September 29.
BIBLICAL GREEK 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@ cathedralATL.org. Our True Selves with the Rev. Dr. Thee Smith will resume Sunday, November 17.
SPIRITUALITY 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. A brief orientation will be held at the labyrinth from 11:30-11:45 a.m., for those new to this spiritual practice of walking meditation. Take time out of your day to connect with others and refresh your spirit. Taizé Brothers Wednesday, October 2, 7 p.m., Brother John and Brother Émile from the Taizé Community in France will be in the Gould Room for conversation about Taizé and hospitality, followed by a Taizé prayer service at 8 p.m.
HOWARD THURMAN BOOK DISCUSSION Please join us for a discussion of Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited led by Cathedral parishioner and spiritual director Barbara Pendergrast, in the Book Store on Wednesday, October 9. Challenging our submersion into individual and social isolation, Howard Thurman invites us to move past anger and distrust toward a vision of unity in his seminal work, Jesus and the Disinherited. Thurman attempts to explore and explain what the teachings of Jesus have to say to those who stand at a moment in human history with their “backs against the wall.” His timeless message of the 1940s still has much to offer us today towards an emancipatory way of being for all, as exemplified in the life of Jesus. All are welcome, whether you have read the book or not! And remember that dinner will be available for purchase at the Lanier House Lawn starting at 5:30 p.m. The book discussion will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Contact the Cathedral Book Store at 404-237-7582 if you have questions. Please RSVP at jesusandthedisinherited.eventbrite.com so we’ll have adequate seating.
2019 SPIRITUALITY CONFERENCE WITH LERITA COLEMAN BROWN, PH.D. From Contemplation to Compassionate Social Action: The Creative Encounter of Howard Thurman Saturday, October 26, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. What does it mean to be a freed human spirit? Join us for a day journeying through the life and writings of Howard Thurman and dipping into his contemplative practices. We will explore how this mystic and theologian emerged from Baptist beginnings to become a model and teacher of sacred activism. An examination of how his contemplative roots were affirmed and strengthened, and his 1935 pilgrimage to India and meeting with Mahatma Gandhi reveal his quiet role in changing the course of American history. In addition, Howard Thurman’s transformational experiences with God and his classic book, Jesus and the Disinherited, highlight the living wisdom he espoused that continues to nourish our spirits today.
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MUSIC ROBERT KNUPP TO PERFORM ON SUNDAY This Sunday, September 22, we welcome Mississippi organist Robert Knupp. A professor at Mississippi College and a native of Pennsylvania, Knupp is a graduate of Susquehanna University, East Carolina University, and the University of Alabama. His program will include works by Mendelssohn, Debussy, and Guilmant. Come and hear this very talented performer.
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 cathedralbookstore.org.
HISPANIC Ministries A Taste of Latin America, an annual dinner celebrating Hispanic culture in and around Atlanta is sponsored by the Diocesan Commission on Hispanic Ministry and it is a real fiesta! Hispanic members from several parishes will bring tasty Latin American food to share with guests at the special potluck meal. There will be music and dancing, craft items for sale, a raffle, and a silent auction - plus a piñata for the children, of course! This year’s dinner will be on Saturday, October 12, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Child Hall. Reservations and tickets are not required; after dinner, sombreros will be passed for donations to benefit humanitarian projects. Friends and family members of all ages are welcome. Mark your calendar and plan to come! Contact deacon Juan Sandoval, jsandoval@cathedralATL.org, for more information. Clases de Primera Comunión Instruida a 10am. Octubre 6 a Noviembre 17 con ensaya en Diciembre.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dana Brewer, email@example.com.
STEWARDSHIP WHY I GIVE TO THE CATHEDRAL By Anne Willingham I was brought up in the Baptist Church by Christian parents. At an early age, I was taught that everything I had was from God and that he only asked that I give back to him my 10%. That isn’t even a decent tip in today’s world! When I married, I joined the Episcopal Church because my husband was active in the Episcopal Church and I believed the wife should follow the husband. I asked him about what we should do about tithing and he said we couldn’t afford it. I said I didn’t think we could afford not to. He checked with his uncle, who was Bishop Claiborne. His uncle said, “Yes, that 10% was something to aim toward.” I said, “Why don’t we just jump right in and try giving 10% for six months?” If at the end of 6 months, we were worse off financially, then we would stop. At the end of 6 months, we were actually doing the same, if not a little better. We sent our 6 children all through private school, any college
they chose, and some received graduate degrees. We took nice trips – not as often as some, but enough that I have many lovely memories now that I am alone. Tithing gave us a healthy perspective of money. We never had an argument about money – we argued about other things, but never about money! I think tithing also helped our children to have a healthy attitude toward money. Now that I am alone, I continue to tithe. Like the widow in 1 Kings 17:8-16 who fed Elijah from her little bit of meal and a little oil and it never ran out, I am depending on my Lord to keep my little bit of “meal and oil” from running out. I have wondered through the years if our tithing had made an impression on our children. One of our sons said the other day, he was helping with the estate of a friend who had been very wealthy and had not given consistently to the Lord. At his death, there was very little left and he thought of his dad and how little money he had made and yet, what he had left had been enough to keep me comfortable. The Lord will bless your efforts in ways one cannot imagine – may I suggest you try it and see how God will honor your efforts! Anne Willingham has been a member of the Cathedral since 1963.
WORSHIP Support 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 Room 239, or contact Sherri Musgrove at 404-641-9657 or Joan Gilbert at 404-310-2791.
OUTREACH ERD FUNDS HURRICANE DORIAN RELIEF FOR COASTAL FOOD SERVICE WORKERS The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (ECSC), the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia (EDG) and Giving Kitchen (GK) are proud to announce the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund: a partnership to offer financial assistance to food service workers experiencing hardship due to Hurricane Dorian in Coastal Georgia and Coastal South Carolina. Funded by an Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) grant, the Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund will provide financial assistance in the form of grocery store gift cards and home goods to qualifying food service workers impacted by Hurricane Dorian. To donate to the fund, visit thegivingkitchen.org/dorian.
CHILDREN'S AND YOUTH Ministries GODLY PLAY (AGE 2–ELEMENTARY SCHOOL)
BECOMING BELOVED COMMUNITY (HIGH SCHOOL)
Godly Play, our Sunday School classes for children age 2 through fifth grade, takes 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 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 • Lisa Krysiak • 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 • James and Julia Allen • Alex Collins Astrop • Karyn Bacon • Daniel Baker • Bettina Bass • Mr. and Mrs. William Boyd • Caroline Brewer • Connie Brittain • Joe Bumbak • Andrew Clark • Miguel Santiago Boaz-Contreras • Lisa Cooper • Joseph Counahan • Sandra Daniel • Annelly Deets • Aurelia Dunnam • Cheryl • Deborah Ellington • Amy Franklin • Carleton Fuller • Laura Gardner • Ann Gressette • Peggy Govan • Terry Harville • Greg Hentz • George Thomas Hole • Charlie Jones and Family • 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 • Lombard Reynolds • Frank Roth • James Sands • Beverly Schellhase • Karl Schaffenburg • Idamay Shaw • Daniel Ladson Shwab • John Steen • Donna Steigerwald • Tina Susco • Tom Talley • Pierson Thames • Jeffrey Thomas • Roger Traylor • Janiece Townshend • Ron M. Wallace • Roger Williams • Whit A. Wright • Patricia Young •
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED Mark Kaish
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Wednesday, September 25 at 7 p.m. | Child Hall Free and open to the public. Reserve a seat at defiantfaith.eventbrite.com 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.
MUSIC CHOIR RELEASES NEW CD We are pleased to announce the release of the Cathedral Choir and Schola’s latest recording! Compact disc : $16.98 with a beautiful case and commemorative 24-page CD booklet High Resolution Download: $12.98 Both are available in the Atrium on Sundays, September 22 and 29, ahead of the October 4 international release! Please purchase the recording at the Cathedral to help us recoup the cost of recording and support the Cathedral Choir’s 2020 England Pilgrimage fundraising efforts.
RACE and Healing BOOK DISCUSSION: MYTHS AMERICA LIVES BY On Wednesday, October 16, Cathedral parishioners Harris Allen and Deacon Georgia Newman Powell will facilitate a discussion on Myths America Lives By: White Supremacy and the Stories That Give Us Meaning by Richard T. Hughes. The book is available from your favorite independent bookseller, the Cathedral Book Store. All are welcome, even if you didn’t get to finish (or read) the book! Remember that you can stop by the Lanier House Lawn to purchase some dinner, and join us in the Gould Room for the discussion, from 6:30-8 p.m. If you have questions, contact Jeannie Mahood, jmahood@cathedralATL.org or 404-365-1031. “Myths America Lives By is an essential read for those interested in shattering the cycle of racism and imaging a new way forward. The book strikes the perfect balance between intellectual knowledge and heartfelt storytelling.” —Diverse Magazine
OUTREACH PRISON MINISTRY TRAINING Join the Cathedral, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, and Covenant Presbyterian Church this Sunday, September 22 from 2–4 p.m. at Peachtree Road UMC 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. Contact Nicole Lambelet, seminarian@cathedralATL.org, with any questions.
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