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Every Sunday, we have two or three options available to adults during our formation hour: Formation in the Undercroft, Clark Room Conversations, or Connecting over Coffee.


Connecting Over Coffee

(Tuton Hall, every week)

On any given Sunday, if what you need most is to drink your coffee in peace while someone else watches your kids — or to have space to meet new people and make friends — grab a cup of coffee in Tuton Hall.


There will be conversation cards on the table; you can choose to use them, or simply get to know new folks, connect with long-time friends, and talk about what’s going on in your lives.

The Forum in the Undercroft and Clark Room Conversations

Through most of the year, we offer two adult formation classes, one in the Undercroft, and one in the Clark Room. The topics and teachers will change, and over the course of the year, offerings will span Bible study, theology, current events, cultural topics, church history, and spiritual disciplines. Occasionally, the two classes will meet together for special topics.

Here’s what you can expect in 2023-2024.

Sunday Morning Adult Formation: 2023-2024 Overview


The Forum (Undercroft)

The Letter to the Hebrews: Connecting the Old Order and the New with Ed Bleynat (Sept 3-24)

We will explore an elegant, sometimes mystifying, often challenging New Testament work.

Is it a letter? Or a sermon? Who is its anonymous author? How is its anonymous audience struggling? How might finding their place among a cloud of witnesses help them along the way?

And, of course, what does that mean for us? 

Clark Room Conversations

Philippians with Amy+ (Sept 3-24)

A discussion-based study of the themes of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, including joy, the nature of Jesus, and incarceration.

October & November

Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife

(Oct 1-Nov 5)

We’ll meet together in the Undercroft for a five-week series exploring what the Episcopal church teaches about heaven, hell, and the afterlife — and the questions that remain. This Sunday morning course, taught by Rev. Scott and Rev. Amy, will be supplemented by a Wednesday evening dinner series at church through the month of October in which various speakers will talk about preparing for death — preparing practically, theologically, and spiritually by learning from Scripture, church tradition, the mystics, and experts in end-of-life decisions. All this will lead up to our grand church-wide celebration of All Saints and All Souls.

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We'll also meet together for these special, standalone Sundays

Rise Against Hunger

(October 15)


Organized by Outreach Team member Liz Trask, this event will give our entire church a chance to work together to pack 10,000 meals for those in need.  


Dr. Ellen Davis

(Undercroft, November 12)


Our visiting preacher on Nov. 12, Dr. Ellen Davis, is the Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School and the author of many books, including Getting Involved with God and Opening Israel’s Scriptures. She will address us together during the formation hour.

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Vestry Sunday

(Undercroft, November 19)

We gather to hear from our vestry about the state of the church and our newest endeavors.


The Eastern Band of Cherokees: Modern History

(Undercroft, November 26)


Trinitarian and member of the Cherokee nation James Bradley finishes the story he began for us in May, discussing challenges faced post removal,  effects of the relationship with the US government,  tourism, self-determination, gaming, and the future of the Tribe. 


The Forum (Undercroft)

The Veneration of Mary in Art (Dec 3-17) with Jennine Hough

Beginning with the Annunciation and Nativity scenes of early Christian art, we will follow Mary through her veneration as “Queen of Heaven” in the Medieval period and her glorious Ascension in the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

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Clark Room Conversations

From Figs to Oaks: the landscapes of Advent (Dec 3-17)

with Amy Peterson+

What is the lesson of the fig tree? Why will the mountains be made low? And what makes oaks particularly righteous? Join Rev. Amy for a discussion of the natural imagery in the lectionary texts for Advent this month.

Note: Formation will not meet December 24 or 31.

January, February, & March

The Forum (Undercroft)

Exploring the Episcopal Experience

with Rev. Scott

(Jan 7-Feb 18)

The Episcopal Church is one denomination of Christ’s holy Catholic Church and our identity is unique. In this class, led by the Rector, we will learn how the Episcopal Church came to be and how it continues to offer a unique expression of life in Christ.  We will

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look through the lens of the Book of Common Prayer to understand the Episcopal church’s expressions of faith; namely theology, sacraments, scripture, prayer, and holy living. We will also take some time to explore the particular identity of Trinity Church. This class is especially appropriate for those who are new to the Episcopal Church or new to Trinity.  Yet, many long-time Episcopalians take this class as a refresher. It’s a great way to get to know others at Trinity as well. Those who take this class will be prepared to be confirmed or received by our Bishop when he visits Trinity.

Stewards of Bounty and Beauty, with the Creation Care

(Feb 25- March 24)


In the garden, God told the first humans to care for the earth so that all might flourish. But what does that mean for us? Join us for a variety of perspectives on ways to live into our calling, whether we’re caring for our church buildings and grounds, deciding what to plant around our homes, or considering what public policies to support.

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Clark Room Conversations

My Favorite Saint (Jan 7-28)

Each week, hear from a different Trinitarian about a beloved saint. 

The Gospel of Mark as Story

 with Dr. Tim Owings

(Feb 4- March 24)


This year, many of our gospel readings come from the gospel of Mark. Trinity member Tim Owings will offer an overview of Mark’s story structure, ending with a special focus on the passion narrative. We'll have a grand time as we let Mark show us the mystery and majesty of this original, first Gospel.

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Note: Formation will not meet on Easter, March 31.

April, May, & June

Seek and You Will Find

From April 7 through May 12, all adults will meet in small groups throughout the church for a lay-led discussion of Seek and You Will Find: Discovering a Practice of Prayer, by Rev. Rhonda Mawhood Lee. Be on the lookout for more information about group assignments and meeting locations.




(May 19-June 2)

with Rev. Scott


Alphabet Soup: What to think about Pronouns

Clark Room Conversations


(May 19-June 2)

with Rev. Amy


Parenting & Mental Health

Other Formation Offerings New in 2023-2024



The Gift of Connection, a Laboratory of Love.

Saturday, September 16 from 10 to 2

led by Randy Siegel


We’ve lost the true meaning of the word charisma. Once a theological term, charisma is now associated with social science and personality. The origin of the word comes from Greek and originally meant “freely given” or “gift of grace.” It denotes any good gift that flows from God’s benevolent love. This workshop is a laboratory of love. In it, we’ll explore the gift of divine connection and how three feelings--feeling SAFE, SEEN, and SPECIAL—help create divine—or heart—connections.

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Where Goodness Still Grows Book Club 

with Rev. Amy

Sundays, 4pm, Clark Room

Sept 10-Nov 5

Open to the public


What does a life of faithfulness, love, and hospitality look like in our increasingly divisive and quickly-changing contemporary world? And why do Christians so often fail to embody the virtues we claim to cherish? How do we understand the way the church has wounded us or those we love?


Unchurched or overchurched, exvangelical or Episcopalian, young or old, all are welcome to join this book club. Expect honest discussion, more questions than answers, and vulnerable conversation with folks who are eager for more embodied goodness in our world.

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Holy Dying

Wednesdays in October, 5:30-7:00p

(Optional donation $6/person for dinner)

No one wants to talk about it – but death comes for all of us. As Christians, we can face the reality of death with clear and hopeful eyes, confident in the promise of the resurrection. This is one of the gifts we have to offer the world. And a willingness to confront death helps us know better how to live.


Leading up to our celebration of All Saints Day, join us for a five-week supper club on preparing for death. We’ll talk all things practical and theological. Dinner and childcare will be provided. Livestreamed as well.

  • Oct 4  What the Burial Rite Gets Right with Father Scott

  • Oct 11 God the Gravedigger with Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner

  • Oct 18 The Last Third: the practical and the spiritual realities of the last third of life 

  • Oct 25 Our Last Best Act: Planning for the End of Our Lives to Protect the People and Places We Love with Dr. Mallory McDuff

  • Nov 1 All Saints Dinner and celebration


Lauren Winter

Scott White


Mallory McDuff

Worship at the Table:

A Lenten Journey Together
Wednesdays (Feb 14-Mar 20)

Throughout Lent, we’ll gather every Wednesday to discuss the role of food in the story of Scripture, in our communities, and in our faith formation. For some people, giving up a certain food is a normal Lenten practice. But many of us also have complicated relationships with food and hospitality. Gather in small groups over lunch or dinner in Tuton Hall for a meal, guided conversations, and connection with each other.




Men’s Retreat: October 7-8, 2023 at Lake Logan

Day Retreat for Rest, Renewal and Connection: October 28, 2023 at Lake Logan

Women’s Retreat with Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner: April 12-14, 2024 at Valle Crucis

Other Adult Opportunities

Men’s Bible Study 


Friday mornings from 7:30 to 8:30 a on Zoom For questions please contact the Trinity Church office by email:


Women’s Bible Study 


The group meets simultaneously in-person and online on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:00a. for fellowship, prayer, and study.


Rector's Bible Study


Rector’s Bible Study meets online on Thursday evenings from 7-8:00p. We are studying the Synoptic Gospels. As a group, we share fellowship, prayer, and study. All are welcome. The Zoom link to join can be found on the Trinity website.

Second Chapter Book Group


Led by Barbara Fotinos, this book club meets every other month on Thursday from 10-11:30 am in the Clark Room. New members are most welcome! Contact Barbara Fotinos ( for more information.

Daughters of the King


This is an order for Episcopal women dedicated to prayer, service, and evangelism, which meets regularly to support each other in prayer and spiritual growth.


Education for Ministry (EFM)


Education for Ministry is a four-year program overseen by the School of Theology at the University of the South. It covers the Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, and more ( You can commit for one year at a time. Trinity hosts two groups and there is room in both groups. This coming year (beginning in September) the meetings will be hybrid with weekly meetings on Monday evenings using Zoom and quarterly in-person get-togethers. Contact Peggy Buchanan for information ( 

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