The Sunday Forum convenes on Sunday mornings, 10:10 a.m.-11 a.m., in the Large Fellowship Hall, September-May. You do not have to be a member to attend, and no registration is required. On most Sundays, the rector or other St. Stephen's clergy speak. On occasion, we welcome outstanding guest speakers. When an audio file is available of a particular forum session, it will be linked from this page.
Books by our guest speakers are available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's. (Authors are indicated with an asterisk.)
September 18 // Gary Jones, "Buried Treasure," part 1
Drawing on sources ancient and new, from the Bible to modern writers on the spiritual life, the rector reflects in this five-part series on ways to cultivate a life-giving spirituality in the 21st century. The series is meant as a theological response to the events of the past summer. When the world around us is so full of turmoil, how do we regain our spiritual bearings, our inner peace, our ability to move forward in our life with a sense of equilibrium?
September 25 // Tim Floyd
This Mercer Law School professor, who has argued a death row appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court, will discuss issues raised in our parish summer read, Just Mercy.
October 2 // Gary Jones, "Buried Treasure," part 2
October 9 // Allison Seay, "We Become What We Behold," part 1
Allison, our associate for religion and the arts, will lead a three-part series on poetry; read more about it here.
October 16 // Gary Jones, "Buried Treasure," part 3
October 23 // Outreach leaders
October 30 // Paul Wallace*
An astrophysicist who holds a Master of Divinity degree, Paul Wallace will explore one of the strangest accounts of creation in scripture: the divine monologue of Job 38-41. In these chapters, in response to the poor man's pleas for justice, God takes Job on a wild, woolly, and very unexpected tour of creation. Job's cosmos stands in accord with certain aspects of scientific thought: it values experience over tradition, offers a radical critique of conventional views of God, and removes human beings from the center of all things. These similarities make the book of Job a promising point of departure for those who seek dialogue between Jewish and Christian religious traditions and modern science.
November 6 // Allison Seay, "We Become What We Behold," part 2
November 13 // Gary Jones, "Buried Treasure," part 4
November 20 // Allison Seay, "We Become What We Behold," part 3
November 27 // Gary Jones, "Buried Treasure," part 5 (conclusion)
December 4 // Fr. Martin Laird*
The author of Into the Silent Land and A Sunlit Absence is one of our most popular speakers.
December 11 // Greg Garrett*
In a presentation titled "Seeking the Sacred in Harry Potter," Garrett finds this best-selling saga to be much more than a children's story. He argues that it's a powerfully spiritual tale whose phenomenal appeal results both from J. K. Rowling’s gifts as a storyteller and her story’s engagement with the topics of community, compassion, redemption, and sacrifice. Garrett has written a book on the subject, One Fine Potion: The Literary Magic of Harry Potter.
No Forum December 18 or December 25
Coming in 2017
March 19 // Pittman McGehee // The Paradox of Love
Based on his book of the same title, this Episcopal priest and Jungian analyst will discuss the three different Greek understandings of love--eros, philia and agape--and the healthy implications of each and the dark side of each. (Read more about Dr. McGehee here.)