Category Archives: Updates

Sanctify of Life Summit and Sunday

“God is the creator of life and without us, unborn children have no one to speak up for them.” -Archbishop Foley Beach “Life is a gift from God and those gifts need to be protected. The unborn are the most vulnerable among us.” -Bishop Frank Lyons Why is ADOTS pro-life? Our constitution itself affirms life, […]

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Level 1 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Training at the Cathedral

  What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd? Sofia Cavalletti, the founder of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, said that the goal of catechesis is for the child to fall in love with the Good Shepherd. Children grow closer to God as they hear His word and reflect on it, using age-appropriate multi-sensory materials. A […]

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The Twelve Days of Christmas For Individuals and Families

The Twelve Days of Christmas and The Epiphany 2017-2018 Edition  The Twelve Days and the Epiphany are a great time to spend a few moments each day in prayer, scripture, and praise. These simple devotions, based on the Daily Office, are designed to be short but focused.  Printable Version   24 DECEMBER • Christmas Eve Psalm […]

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Lay Leaders Examine Mission Successes and Struggles

Laity from across the diocese gathered at the 2017 ADOTS Conference and Synod to evaluate their church’s mission, give insight into specific challenges and successes, and consider a view of mission being undertaken by one of our churches. Thomas Ryden, youth minister at Apostles in Knoxville, TN, opened up the meeting by sharing missional practices […]

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ADOTS Youth Retreat!

Make Plans Now for the ADOTS Youth Retreat in 2018! Mark your calendars (and get the word out!) that the 2018 ADOTS Youth Retreat for middle and high school students is coming up January 26-28, 2018. In January 2017, four churches from around the West Georgia convocation – All Saints in Peachtree City, Resurrection in […]

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Please Hold On!

An Advent Reflection By Bishop David C. Bryan. The Right Rev’d David C. Bryan serves as Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of the Carolinas and Assisting Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the South and the Gulf Atlantic Diocese. Part of being married is learning how to live happily with differences. One of these “differences” in […]

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Remembering the Saints during Advent

The usual Advent calendars help children count down to Christmas by giving candy or toys each day. Desiring something less consumerist and more connected to our faith during Advent, ADOTS Communications Associate Rachel Moorman took a cue from a tradition her mother-in-law used to have with her own children during Advent: sharing the history of […]

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Anglicans and Community Collaboration at a Middle School in Chattanooga

Who doesn’t love a great before and after? Especially when the ‘after’ represents a partnership between churches, businesses, and community non-profits. “This is the first time that I’m aware of that we’ve worked on a practical project together,” says Deacon Lauri Moyle of the collaboration between Anglican Church of the Redeemer in Chattanooga – where […]

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Chattanooga Students Serve in Hurricane Irma Relief

“As I reflect on fall break, I am overwhelmed with so much joy. Through serving others in St. Augustine, Florida, I’ve found a home in The House and the incredible individuals within it.” – Ally Collins, UTC student Forty-two college students and campus ministry leaders from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga spent their four-day October […]

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Synod Business Meeting 2017 Roundup

“As We Go, We Make Disciples” Synod Address from Archbishop Foley Beach & Delegates Meeting November 4, 2017 Archbishop Foley Beach stressed again at this year’s Synod that the Anglican Diocese of the South must stand guard against becoming institutionalized Christianity. “Our most important assets in our congregations are not the buildings and the financial […]

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Mission Matters: Lay Leaders Gathering

Dr. Susan Ridgell is a lay leader at Apostles Anglican in Knoxville, TN, and is facilitating the Lay Leaders Gathering on Friday afternoon of Synod 2017. What do you enjoy most about the lay leaders gathering? Finding that others throughout the diocese have similar experiences and challenges as our church; seeing the dedication to lay […]

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Mission Matters Workshop: Understanding and Taking Control of Your Church’s Digital Presence

The Rev. Allen Willis has been a priest in the Anglican Diocese of the South for 5 years. He currently serves as rector for Saint Michael’s Anglican Church in Gallatin, TN. In addition to his ministry at the church, Fr. Allen is the Director of Digital Marketing Services for Atiba Software in Nashville, Tennessee and […]

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Mission Matters Workshop: Better Building Projects

Rick Thurman is President of The Trinity Group, a project management company serving as an in-house design and construction team for large and small commercial organizations, as well as non-profit groups. In his Synod 2017 workshop, he’ll discuss why only ten percent of church building projects are completed without difficulty, and how churches can overcome […]

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For the Good of Our Communities: Gleaning in the 21st Century

By Deacon Lauri Moyle, Community Chaplain with Anglican Church of the Redeemer, Chattanooga, TN and founder of Thankful Gleaner, a social enterprise helping businesses connect with those in need. As a Community Chaplain, Deacon Lauri seeks the welfare of both the congregation and the city – participating in public arenas, offering counsel to the community, […]

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Mission Matters Workshop: Leading Bible Studies

Deacon Diane Pitzl serves as the main service coordinator for Red Bank Chapel in Chattanooga, TN. She has spent 30 years studying and teaching Scripture to others and is hosting our workshop on Leading Bible Studies during Synod 2017. Do you have a favorite story of how God has impacted your life through leading or being […]

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