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 found on the Forum audio page.
Books by our guest speakers are available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's.
Other Sunday morning offerings are described here.
September 17 | Mr. Fred Bahnson, author of Soil and Sacrament (the video shown during the Forum is available here)
September 24 | Outreach staff, volunteers, and our overseas missionaries
October 1 | The Rector (see descriptions of Gary Jones' fall series below)
October 8 | The Rector
October 15 | Ms. Denise Thomas Brown and parish staff discussing employment assistance
October 22 | The Rev. John Philip Newell, authority on Celtic spirituality
October 29 | The Rector
November 5 | The Rector
November 12 | The Rector
November 19 | The Rector
November 26 | The Rector
December 3 | Father Martin Laird, author of Into the Silent Land
January 21 | The Very Rev. Lucinda Laird, Dean, American Cathedral in Paris
February 18 | Br. Luke Ditewig, Society of St. John the Evangelist
March 18: | The Rev. Becca Stevens, Magdalene and Thistle Farms
Additional topics and speakers for 2018 TBA
The Rector's Fall Series
October 1 | Experience the joy: Philippians 1-2
“Go out into the world uncorrupted as a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living, and of the living God.” So Eugene Peterson translates a couple of verses from Philippians in The Message. This letter, known as the “epistle of joy,” is appointed to be read for three Sundays in a row this fall. Its infectious joy illustrates that Christianity is not a religion of a book but a religion of a person, ultimately a religion of people, including you and me. Visit the audio page
October 8 | The life-changing magic of tidying up: Philippians 3-4
About living joyfully, Paul seems to think we have a choice. Just as the priest says, “Lift up your hearts!” so Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord always!” Many in our culture are advising us to shed what we do not need as a way of recognizing what is essential. In the words of Eugene Peterson’s The Message, Paul says, “All the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him.” Visit the audio page
The Message is available in the Bookshop @ St. Stephen's.
October 29 | Beyond the stone façade
The Gothic cathedral of the Middle Ages was thought to mirror heaven and shape those who worshipped there. How might we be formed by symbolic spaces like St. Stephen’s that are descended from a spirituality of the Middle Ages? Why were people like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis so drawn to the medieval imagination? We’ll look at some of the shaping symbols found in Gothic cathedrals, as well as in our own beloved worship space.
November 5 | Anchors, tethers, touchstones
What keeps us connected to God, to soul, to our true life, and to deeper relationships with each other? “How can we know the way?” Benedict of Nursia was alarmed by the social and cultural decay he found in Rome, and his concern led him to develop a Rule of Life that ended up grounding and centering Christianity through the Dark Ages. What can ground and center us? In the face of cultural decay, should we retreat from the world, or engage with it? Are we “yeast in the dough,” or “yeast on a shelf”?
November 12, 19, 26 | The pull of distraction, the pull of prayer
Are we really “a wicked and adulterous generation,” or was Jesus just having a bad day? (Matthew 12:39 and 16:4). Jesus, of course, was talking about our marriage to God. Are we still too easily drawn away from our relationship with our life-giving God? We’ll look at tried-and-true Christian spiritual practices for a more centered Christian life in the 21st century.
December 10 | A conversation with the rector
The final Sunday Forum of 2017