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Hart Readers*

WHAT: Between Heaven and Mirth, by James Martin. Led by Carroll Keen (member of the Cathedral of Christ the King).
WHEN: Thursday, Sept.  7, 2017, from 6:30PM - 7:30PM
WHERE: The Cathedral of St. Philip,  2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (in the Walthour Library)  

About Between Heaven and Mirth:
In Between Heaven and Mirth, James Martin, SJ, assures us that God wants us to experience joy, to cultivate a sense of holy humor, and to laugh at life’s absurdities—not to mention our own humanity. He invites believers to rediscover the importance of humor and laughter in our daily lives and to embrace an essential truth: faith leads to joy.

Holy people are joyful people, says Father Martin, offering countless examples of healthy humor and purposeful levity in the stories of biblical heroes and heroines, and in the lives of the saints and the world’s great spiritual masters. He shows us how the parables are often the stuff of comedy, and how the gospels reveal Jesus to be a man with a palpable sense of joy and even playfulness. In fact, Father Martin argues compellingly, thinking about a Jesus without a sense of humor may be close to heretical.

Drawing on Scripture, sharing anecdotes from his own experiences, and including amusing and insightful sidebars, footnotes, and jokes, Father Martin illustrates how joy, humor, and laughter help us to live more spiritual lives, understand ourselves and others better, and more fully appreciate God’s presence among us. 

*Hart Readers is a community reading group. On first Thursdays, from 6:30-7:30 pm, readers from the church parish and the broader community will gather at the Cathedral Book Store to discuss contemporary books and issues from a theological perspective. Discussions are facilitated by various clergy and lay teachers. We will not meet during Lent. For more information, call Kerith Lee at 404-237-7582 or email cbs3@mindspring.com

2017 Jane Baird Lecture with Carl McColman

WHEN: Thursday, September 21, 7:00 PM
WHERE: The Cathedral of St. Philip,  2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (in the Child Hall)
RSVP: Please Register below. For more information, contact Kerith Lee, 404-237-7582 or cbs3@mindspring.com. 

The Cathedral Book Store is pleased to welcome Carl McColman as the 2017 speaker for its annual Jane Baird Lecture. The title of his lecture is: "The Christian of the Future Will Be a Mystic." The 20th century Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner famously predicted that in the future, Christians will be mystics — or will not exist at all. What does this mean, for the ordinary person of faith? Drawing on a variety of sources including Evelyn Underhill, Thomas Merton, and the great mystics of the past, Carl McColman reflects on this challenging statement from Rahner and offers some insight into how ordinary Christians today just might become the mystics of the future.

Carl McColman, a noted writer, speaker, and retreat leader, is a Lay Cistercian at the monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia. His book Befriending Silence: Discovering the Gifts of Cistercian Spirituality was the Winner of the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award for best Religious/Inspirational Book. His other books include: The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality; Answering the Contemplative Call: First Steps on the Mystical Path; Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints & Sages; and The Lion, the Mouse and the Dawn Treader: Spiritual Lessons from C.S. Lewis's Narnia. For more information, visit his web site at:  www.carlmccolman.net

There will be a book signing and refreshments following the event. The Cathedral Book Store will also be open.

Hart Readers*

WHAT: Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family, by Daniel Bergner. Led by Jen Waters (member of All Saints).
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, from 6:30PM - 7:30PM 
WHERE: The Cathedral of St. Philip,  2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (in the Walthour Library)

About Sing for Your Life:
The touching, triumphant story of a young black man's journey from violence and despair to one of the world's most elite artistic institutions, as if The Blind Side were set in the world of opera. 

Ryan Speedo Green had a tough upbringing in southeastern Virginia: his family lived in a trailer park and later a bullet-riddled house across the street from drug dealers. His father was absent; his mother was volatile and abusive.

At the age of twelve, Ryan was sent to Virginia's juvenile facility of last resort. He was placed in solitary confinement. He was uncontrollable, uncontainable, with little hope for the future.

In 2011, at the age of twenty-four, Ryan won a nationwide competition hosted by New York's Metropolitan Opera, beating out 1,200 other talented singers. Today, he is a rising star performing major roles at the Met and Europe's most prestigious opera houses.

Sing for Your Life chronicles Ryan's suspenseful, racially charged and artistically intricate journey from solitary confinement to stardom. Daniel Bergner takes readers on Ryan's path toward redemption, introducing us to a cast of memorable characters—including the two teachers from his childhood who redirect his rage into music, and his long-lost father who finally reappears to hear Ryan sing. Bergner illuminates all that it takes—technically, creatively—to find and foster the beauty of the human voice. And Sing for Your Life sheds unique light on the enduring and complex realities of race in America.

*Hart Readers is a community reading group. On first Thursdays, from 6:30-7:30 pm, readers from the church parish and the broader community will gather at the Cathedral Book Store to discuss contemporary books and issues from a theological perspective. Discussions are facilitated by various clergy and lay teachers. We will not meet during Lent. For more information, call Kerith Lee at 404-237-7582 or email cbs3@mindspring.com

Hart Readers*

WHAT: The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, by Dr. Lisa Miller. Led by the Rev. Stefanie Taylor (chaplain of St. Martin's Episcopal School) 
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, from 6:30PM - 7:30PM 
WHERE: The Cathedral of St. Philip,  2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (in the Walthour Library)

About The Spiritual Child:
In The Spiritual Child, psychologist Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. She explains the clear, scientific link between spirituality and health and shows that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality:

  • are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances
  • are 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers
  • are 80% less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex
  • have significantly more positive markers for thriving including an increased sense of meaning and purpose, and high levels of academic success.

Combining cutting-edge research with broad anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist to illustrate just how invaluable spirituality is to a child's mental and physical health, Miller translates these findings into practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children's―as well as their own―well-being. In this provocative, conversation-starting book, Dr. Miller presents us with a pioneering new way to think about parenting our modern youth.

*Hart Readers is a community reading group. On first Thursdays, from 6:30-7:30 pm, readers from the church parish and the broader community will gather at the Cathedral Book Store to discuss contemporary books and issues from a theological perspective. Discussions are facilitated by various clergy and lay teachers. We will not meet during Lent. For more information, call Kerith Lee at 404-237-7582 or email cbs3@mindspring.com

Hart Readers*

WHAT: The Last Ballad, by Wiley Cash. Led by the Rev. David Wagner (chaplain of Holy Innocents Episcopal School).
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, from 6:30PM - 7:30PM 
WHERE: The Cathedral of St. Philip,  2744 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (in the Walthour Library)

About The Last Ballad:
The New York Times bestselling author of the celebrated A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy returns with this eagerly awaited new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. The chronicle of an ordinary woman’s struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice, with the emotional power of Ron Rash’s Serena, Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day, and the unforgettable films Norma Rae and Silkwood.

*Hart Readers is a community reading group. On first Thursdays, from 6:30-7:30 pm, readers from the church parish and the broader community will gather at the Cathedral Book Store to discuss contemporary books and issues from a theological perspective. Discussions are facilitated by various clergy and lay teachers. We will not meet during Lent. For more information, call Kerith Lee at 404-237-7582 or email cbs3@mindspring.com

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