Cathedral Commons – Video & Resources

The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation

Wednesdays, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7

What does the Book of Revelation have to say to us about the challenges of our time? Abuses of power by leaders, suffering the slings and arrows of injustice in light of one’s faith, an alternative message of hope for what feels like the “end times” in which we live today…Drawing on his sabbatical studies while on the island of Patmos, Dean Thomason views the controversial book through an interpretive lens of hope that can inform our lives today in meaningful ways.

Week One: 
Message of Hope in Revelation (Week 1) – Powerpoint Slides (PDF)
Revelation Outline with Interpretive Considerations (PDF)
Earth-World-Kosmos References in Bible (PDF)

Week Two:
Message of Hope in Revelation (Week 2) – Powerpoint Slides (PDF)

The Cathedral is getting a new Baptismal Font

September 30: Special Parish Forum: Facilitated by Dean Thomason

The Cathedral has received a wonderful gift to commission NW artist Julie Speidel to design a new bap-tistery that fits the spacious cathedral and has running water! The piece incorporates both ancient and modern concepts while celebrating the rich tradition of Christian baptism handed down to us. In this forum, we described the design process, theological underpinnings for the design and next steps. The artist and others involved in the design process were on hand as well.

Why we Say the Creeds, part I

September 16, 2081, Bloedel Hall:
Dean Thomason provides historical and liturgical context for the creeds as we wrestle with their content and meaning, and why we use them still.

Week 1 Powerpoint Slides – PDF

Why we Say the Creeds, part II

September 23, 2081, Bloedel Hall:

Week 2 Powerpoint Slides – PDF

Jesus the Radical Economist: Narrative and Healing

Jesus was a radical economist who challenged the oppressive systems of his time by lifting up the marginalized. Jesus also understood that op­pression starts with the body and the body is also the source of healing. What can we learn from the economics of Jesus? What does it mean to heal and what role does narrative play in healing? Drawing from the Gospels, anthropologist David Graeber, and writings from various scholars, Seattle Service Corps member Paige Foreman will lead us in critical look at our economic system and how it influences our attitudes towards oppressed groups using Theatre of the Op­pressed techniques.

The PowerPoint and lecture notes


Google Drive folder with all the handouts.

Wisdom Remixed: Week 3 – The Song of Songs

The seasons of our lives change. We read these ancient texts, trusting that they contain deep wisdom about God, about life, and the world in which we live. What does it mean to lament in our modern times? How do we find our way when spiritually disoriented? Can we rediscover God’s justice as an essential thread in our spiritual journey? Drawing on the reflections of Walter Brueggemann and others, we will engage these texts with special intention in our Lenten journey and beyond.

Facilitators: The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason, The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty, and The Rev. Nancy Ross

Week 3: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 • 6:45-8:15 P.M. • Bloedel Hall

Week 2: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 • 6:45-8:15 P.M. • Bloedel Hall

Week 1: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 • 6:45-8:15 P.M. • Bloedel Hall

Sunday Forum – Rev. Ed Bacon and Dean Steven Thomason

Bloedel Hall, 10am, February 25, 2018

Friends Talking: The Rev. Ed Bacon and Dean Thomason will guide a conversation with those present on topics such as safe gun legislation, working for justice in Jesus’ name, and the future of the Church.

Storytelling as Social Conscience

Our bodies and identities are socially and culturally constructed. We are gendered, racialized, sexualized, politicized, represented, colonized, contained, controlled, and inscribed. As a result of the relationship between our lived experiences and our social actions, we may be both shaped by and resist social and cultural constructions. Parishioner and ministry leader Bob Chapman will lead participants in developing an autobiography of self (e.g., a poem, collage, song, etc.) in C. Wright Mills’ sense of connecting “private troubles” with “public issues.” That is to recognize that your identity is a reflection of (and perhaps a resistance to) society, culture, and politics, all of which have, to a certain extent, shaped our experiences.

WEEK ONE RESOURCES: (all files in pdf format)

Powerpoint Slides, Week One
Patricia Raybon, “The Dead White Man Who Could Fix Our Race Problem”
bell hooks, “Representing Whiteness in the Black Imagination”
Peggy McIntosh, “Unpacking the Invisible Backpack”
Sergio Romero, “Race and Ethnicity” from Introduction to Sociology
C. Wright Mills, “The Promise” from The Sociological Imagination
Western States Center Dismantling Racism Project, “A History”

Week 1 Video • January 10, 2018 • Bloedel Hall


Powerpoint Slides, Week Two
“Gender, Sex, and Sexuality” from Introduction to Sociology
UN Human Rights Commission, “Intersex Fact Sheet”
“Religion” from Pew Research Survey of LGBT Americans

Week 2 Video • January 17, 2018 • Bloedel Hall


Powerpoint Slides, Week Three
Mia Mingus, “Changing the Framework: Disability Justice”
Rev. Naomi King, “The Company We Keep: Hosptiality & Mutuality”
Handout: Disability Microaggressions
Handout: Areas of Social Justice Work Related to Disability
Handout: Categories of, and Relationship among, Disability Microaggressions
Handout: Tips and Techniques to Provide a Welcoming Environment for People with Disabilities

Week 3 Video • January 24, 2018 • Bloedel Hall


Powerpoint Slides, Week Four
Brantley, Frost, et al., “Class: Power, Privilege, and Influence in the United States”
Dale Weaver & Nicky González Yuen, “Divided We Fall” from
Glenda M. Russell, “Internalized Classism”

Week 4 Video • January 31, 2018 • Bloedel Hall


Interpretation of Dreams as a Spiritual Exercise

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, OCT. 25, NOV. 1, 8, AND 15, 2017, 6:45-8:15 P.M., BLOEDEL HALL
Facilitated by The Rev. Steve Garratt. Class is free. Optional dinner is served 6-6:30 p.m. for $7 per person.

Does the psychology of C.G. Jung have something to say to Christians? What role does the unconscious play in the Christian life? Can listening to our dreams help us to realize Jesus’ words? These and other questions are being explored in a four-week series on the relationship Jung might play in the Christian faith journey. An examination of the role of dreams in the Bible and the Christian tradition will be included in our study. Particular attention will be given to the works of Morton Kelsey, John Sanford, and Ann Ulanov (all Episcopalians!). Participants are encouraged to purchase and read John Sanford’s book, The Kingdom Within: The Inner Meaning of Jesus’ Sayings, available in the Cathedral Shop.

Week 1 – Interpretation of Dreams – October 25, 2017 – Bloedel Hall

Weeks 2 through 4 of the series – Interpretation of Dreams – on Youtube:


Introducing Casa Latina

On September 27, Saint Mark’s welcomed the people of Casa Latina, our Sanctuary Rapid Response Coordinator and partner. Casa Latina is a center for Seattle’s Latino immigrants, providing them educational and economic opportunities, giving people the tools they need to work, live, and support their families. Watch the video to learn about what they do, hear from people whose lives are intertwined with Casa Latina, and find out about this powerful new partnership for Saint Mark’s that goes beyond Sanctuary to building community together. See the full video which Casa Latina shared with the group here.

Spirituality and Leadership: Leading from Within

Week One // Week Two // Week Three // Week Four // Week Five // Week Six

We participate in paradigm shifts through a threefold process of recovery: 1) by confronting our pain; 2) waking to our true selves; and 3) reclaiming our innate creative powers. It is a move from “bondage into freedom” to be ourselves, and only then can we discover our truest identity, as beloved of God, good and generous of spirit. Facilitated by Dean Steve Thomason.

Making Spiritual Journey: The Poetry of TS Eliot

TS Eliot is considered one of the great 20th Century English poets whose verse is cited frequently as inspiration for spiritual journey and transformation. Mindful that the etymology of the word “poem” means “to make or give rise to,” we will explore ways that his words give rise to life-giving, creative forces that shape the experience we call life.
Video recordings of this series and related downloads from the series are available below.

Week One
Video of Making Spiritual Journey: Week One on Youtube

Authentic Happiness and Human Flourishing

In this four-week series, Dean Steve Thomason draws on resources from Martin Seligman, Brene Brown and Richard Rohr, using scientific work to explore elements of human experience that lead to authentic happiness, flourishing and deep meaning, and set all that against a backdrop of the gospel as good news, inviting all people into the fullness of life. All are welcome, and no advance preparation is necessary, although resource books are available for purchase in the Cathedral Shop.

Video recordings of this series will be made available on this page after each Wednesday forum. Related downloads from the series are available below.


Week One
Video of the full Week One forum on Youtube
Presentation slides – Week One (PDF)
Gratitude Exercise Worksheet (PDF)
The Gratitude Survey (PDF)

Week Two
Video of the full Week Two forum on Youtube
Presentation slides – Week Two (PDF)

Week Three
Video of the full Week Three forum on Youtube
Presentation slides – Week Three (PDF)
The videos viewed in the presentation are part of a new course by Brené Brown, available for purchase here.

Week Four
Video of the full Week Four forum on Youtube
Presentation slides – Week Four (PDF)
The videos viewed in this presentation are part of a new course by Brené Brown, available for purchase here.

The Power of Vulnerability: A Lenten Journey with Brené Brown

Brené Brown says: “Today we live in a culture of scarcity; a culture of “never enough.” This scarcity culture of “never enough” teaches us that we can never have enough success, money, beauty, or power to be safe. The greatest casualties of a scarcity culture are our willingness to own our vulnerabilities and our ability to engage with the world from a place of worthiness.” The season of Lent seems an especially appropriate backdrop for such conversations. Drawing on video segments of Brené Brown, and building on Dean Thomason’s series last fall on Human Flourishing, we will reflect on the spiritual journey to authenticity that is our common work. This series will be facilitated by Dean Thomason.

Resource books are available for purchase in the Cathedral Shop.

Video recordings of this series and presentation slides will be made available on this page after each Wednesday forum.


Week One
Video of the Week One forum on Youtube
Presentation Slides – Week One

Week Two
Video of Week Two forum on Youtube

Week Three
Video of Week Three Forum on Youtube
Presentation Slides – Week Three

Week Four
Video of Week Four Forum on Youtube
Presentation Slides – Week Four


Striving for Justice, a look at Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow
November 4, 11, 18, and 25
Through the lens of our Episcopal identity, as named in the Baptismal Covenant and as it applies to Greater Seattle, we explored Michelle Alexander’s insightful book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Canon Malcolm McLaurin and Dr. Alec Campbell, PhD, facilitated the series, which included local speakers, exploration of scripture, and group discussion.

Week One
Week One – Striving for Justice, presentation slides (PDF)
VIDEO – Author Michelle Alexander at Union Theological Seminary
VIDEO – Mass Incarceration, Visualized : The Atlantic, Bruce Western