Online Adult Formation

Dear saints,

Formation has long been one of our strengths, because this congregation has a depth of expertise in almost every field. In our midst, you can find award-winning poets and writers, musicians and professors, theologians and lawyers, doctors and public health leaders, ethicists, heads of school, passionate volunteers, and more. Out of the conviction that we are all leaders and teachers, while also life-long learners, your Adult Formation Committee has spent the past year engaging leaders from our community to teach us. In brief, we have empowered the parish to teach its own Sunday School, to help us all become more mature disciples.

We also crafted a purpose statement to guide our work in the months and years to come: Our purpose is to invite the Holy Spirit’s transformation in our lives, deepening our Christian faith for the sake of the world.

Below, please find our first session of classes, and know that we are incredibly excited about this season of formation! We warmly invite you to join us online.



Adult Formation Kickoff

Rector’s Forum with Diana Butler Bass

  • Sunday, August 16 at 11:00 a.m.

We are thrilled to welcome Diana Butler Bass as our preacher-teacher to kickoff the new program year on Homecoming Sunday. Diana is an award-winning author and internationally known preacher and thought leader on issues of spirituality, religion, culture, and politics. Diana is the author of ten books, including Christianity After Religion, which will form the basis of her conversation with Simon during the formation hour. We look forward to her keen observations on Christian leadership in a pivotal time. Diana will also preach at our 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, August 16.

This conversation will be broadcast live to our Facebook page and Vimeo account at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 16.

Fall Session 1

August 23 through September 9

This year, we’re excited to offer a different format for Adult Formation: three-week sessions. This fall will feature five of these three-week sessions.

Here’s how Session 1 works:

  • Sunday morning classes meet at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. for three weeks on Sundays, August 23, 30, and September 6.
  • Wednesday evening classes meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, August 26, September 2, and September 9.
  • On the fourth Sunday, September 13, our 9:00 a.m. classes take a break (except for Jesus on the Front Page) and our clergy host an informal conversation, called “Ask the Clergy” at 11:00 a.m.

All classes meet on Zoom unless otherwise indicated. Many of the classes will be recorded with archives made available afterward for viewing throughout the week.

Sundays at 9:00 a.m.

Hold on to Hope Bible Study with the Rev. Natosha Reid Rice

  • Sundays, August 23, August 30, and September 6

Explore scripture that kindles hope and provides encouragement with the Rev. Natosha Reid Rice, Minister for Public Life.

“Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” -Psalm 33:22


Threads and Refugee Ministries: Serving the City with Louisa Merchant and Lori Guarisco

  • Sundays, August 23, August 30, and September 6

Louisa Merchant, Director of Refugee Ministries, and Lori Guarisco, Coordinator of Threads, share stories about their work with people who were formerly refugees and children. Learn what’s happening during the pandemic and discuss ways to become part of broader solutions in the city.

“[Jesus said] Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” -Matthew 25:40

The MICAH Project
Becoming Beloved Community with Ruby Sales

  • Sunday, August 23

In 1965, Episcopal Seminarian Jonathan Daniels was working for civil rights with 17 year old Ruby Sales, and other activists in Hayneville Alabama. When a shotgun-yielding county deputy tried to shoot Ruby, Daniels pushed Ruby aside and took the full blast, giving his life to save hers. Now 55 years later, Ruby joins us to share that story, and the impact it has had on her life.

“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” -1 Corinthians 13:4-7

The MICAH Project
Deep in Her Heart: A Tribute to Connie Curry with Bob Miller

  • Sunday, August 30

Connie Curry, longtime All Saints’ member, was our most “boots on the ground” civil rights activist. Connie was an honors graduate of Agnes Scott College, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and a Fulbright Scholar, but she was and is better known as an unrelenting force for civil rights. Among many other things, she was the only white member of the Executive Committee of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee when it was founded in 1960 during the sit-in movement. Join Bob Miller to learn more about this remarkable woman.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord….” -Jeremiah 29:11

The MICAH Project
One Step Beyond Caution: The Ministers’ Manifesto of 1957 with Ethel Ware Carter

  • Sunday, September 6

An Atlanta pastor asked how the pulpits could be silent when the Georgia Legislature was discussing closing the public schools rather than integrating them. A group of ministers responded publicly changing the climate in the city. Join Ethel Ware Carter to learn more about this pivotal moment in history.

“Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.” -1 Corinthians 16:13


Jesus on the Front Page with Ethel Ware Carter

  • Sundays (ongoing)

Join this weekly discussion of the news of the day, as we reflect on how we are called as Christians to respond in the public arena, in our private lives, and in our prayers.

“Let me hear what the Lord will speak, for God will speak peace to the people, to the faithful, to those who turn to God in their hearts.” -Psalm 85:8

Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

Topic TBA

  • Sunday, August 23

This conversation will be broadcast live on Facebook and Vimeo at 11:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 23.

Annual Parish Meeting (Online)

  • Sunday, August 30

Join our clergy and vestry leadership for a report on our common life, including programs, finances, community engagement, and the election of new vestry members.

This online meeting will be broadcast live on Facebook and Vimeo at 11:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, August 30.

Faith in the City Series

  • Sunday, September 6

Our Faith in the City speaker series seeks to deepen understanding of issues, widen appreciation of differing perspectives, and inspire lives of faithfulness in the public square. The series is led by our rector, the Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring and our Minister for Public Life, the Rev. Natosha Reid Rice. Each part of the series examines an issue that has significance in the city of Atlanta as we seek to understand the city as the context for our lives of faith, and how our faith might inform our role within it.

This conversation will be broadcast live on Facebook and Vimeo at 11:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, September 6.

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Art for Justice and Peace with Ariel Fristoe

  • Wednesdays, August 26, September 2, and September 9

Our baptismal covenant calls us to strive for justice and peace. Art has the power to open hearts and minds, and to turn strangers into friends. How can artists use the tools of theater to build a more just and peaceful world, and create the kingdom of heaven?

“Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” -The Baptismal Covenant

First Thursday of Each Month at 7:00 p.m.

Jesus as a Radical Revolutionary

  • Thursday, August 6 (and the first Thursday of each month)

Join our young adults for a lively discussion on racial and social justice, leveraging Ibram X. Kendi’s book, How to be An Antiracist. Excerpts to springboard our conversation will be available for those who may not have the book. Kendi’s text will kick off our Young Adult fall formation series, held the first Thursday of each month, exploring topics of revolution, dissent, disruption, and change in society and the church. These discussions begin at 7:00 p.m., followed by Compline prayers at 8:00 p.m.

Second Sunday of Each Month at 9:00 a.m.

Virtual Brunch and Bible

  • Sunday, September 13 (and the second Sunday of each month)

Gather ‘round our virtual/communal table the second Sunday of each month, starting September 13, for a lively bring-your-own-brunch conversation with peers and mentors. You only need a posture of respect and generosity (and a suitable mobile device) to be in the “Zoom Where It Happens” as we explore God’s Living Word in scripture and in the unfolding texts of our lives.


Fall Session 1 Break

Sunday, September 13

On Sunday, September 13, our 9:00 a.m. classes take a break (except for Jesus on the Front Page) and our clergy host an informal conversation at 11:00 a.m.

Ask the Clergy

  • Sunday, September 13 (and every four weeks)

An open-source conversation with the All Saints’ clergy team. Submit your questions in real time, and we will discuss the issues that are on your mind.

This conversation will be broadcast live on Facebook and Vimeo at 11:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, September 13.


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