Christian formation is the lifelong process of growing in our relationship with God, self, others, and all creation. It is about growing in discipleship and discovering how faith is relevant to all aspects of our lives. At GSL, we strive to offer a menu of learning choices in large and small group settings led both by clergy and lay ministers. Please join us virtually for the formation offerings listed below from 9:15-9:45 a.m. unless another time is announced. Watch for the Winter 2021 Adult Formation Schedule. Explore our most recenter offerings in Life at GSL — Fall 2020 Guide.

Video and audio recordings of past classes may be found at and

Winter 2021

A diversity of Sunday and weekday formation programs and events will be offered between January and June of 2021 to support faith journeys and discipleship growth. In addition to offerings by the parish clergy and lay ministers, guest speakers will be from the Memphis community and beyond. For a schedule of events with virtual access details, subscribe to the eNews and visit

Sunday Virtual Events, 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. Future Sunday and weekday events are being finalized.

  • January 3: Offerings resume January 10
  • January 10: Conversation about Social Justice at GSL facilitated by the Rev. Laura F. Gettys with Paula Barnes, Nicki Soule, and Jennie VanDeveer via Facebook Live Premiere, YouTube, and the GSL Website. Tune in for an important discussion about our social justice vision, values, and focus areas including our new partnership with MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope).
  • January 17: Conversation with the Rt. Rev. Phoebe A. Roaf, Bishop, via Facebook Live and the GSL Website. On the day of the Bishop’s 10:30 a.m. Visitation to GSL, the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher will engage Bishop Phoebe in a 30-minute conversation about the state of the Church, the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, current affairs, and more.
  • January 24: Exploring Poetry for Epiphany with the Rev. Katherine M. Bush: On Sunday morning, Katherine will share a few poems highlighting some timely themes, namely embracing transition and change as we move into a new year with great hope while still carrying some of the 'old year' with us. via Facebook Live Premiere, YouTube, and the GSL website live
  • January 31: Unpacking How To Be Christian In A Pandemic: Conversation facilitated by the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher and GSL Adult Formation Advisory Members via Zoom
  • February 7: A Window into Preparing Music for Worship with Dr. Patrick A. Scott via Facebook Live and the GSL website live

Past Fall 2020 Formation Offerings

Follow this link for a comprehensive listing of our past video formation offerings: