Sunday Forum

Fall 2018 Forum Schedule

Saint Mark’s offers a variety of Sunday forums each season on various topics relating to faith, justice, updates on parish life, and more. Forums begin at 10:10 a.m. and are held in Bloedel Hall in the Cathedral House. Exceptions noted.


November 25: No Forum: Thanksgiving.

6 p.m.: Advent Event: A festival for all ages!
Community dinner: 6-6:30 p.m. (adults $7, children $5, max family $20)
Prepare your hearts and homes for Immanuel, God with Us by coming to the annual Advent festival at Saint Mark’s. We will provide dinner and activities for people of all ages, including: wreath making, stained glass ornaments, cookie decorating, stamping and contemplative crafts and ideas to bring home. Feel free to bring festive greens. The gathering will include a meal, songs, fellowship and a blessing of Advent wreaths. Make the transition into Advent after Thanksgiving with simple spiritual practices that pave the way for Christmas.


December 2 & 9: Prophesy and Promises: Advent Canticles and Nativity Narratives.
Canon Jennifer Daugherty, Canon Nancy Ross, Curate Cristi Chapman
During Advent, we are invited to search out those generative, dark places of our lives where God’s deep longings for us are taking root and are waiting to be born. On Dec. 2, we explore the Canticles from Zechariah and Mary that we pray during Advent, exploring the coming of the light – and then on Dec. 9, we look to the deeper truth of our Gospels’ different nativity narratives in the light of the Incarnation.


December 16: Giving Tree Collection and Celebration. A festive reception celebrating the gathering and blessing of all gifts chosen from our various giving trees, including Lowell Elementary School, Mary’s Place, and Casa Latina. Pick a tag from the trees be-tween November 25 and December 9, and place it under the tree at our ingathering in Bloedel Hall! Questions? Contact Kelly Moody or The Rev. Cristi Chapman.


December 23: No Forum.

December 30: No Forum.


January 6: Reflections for Epiphany: Embracing the Light.
Canon Jennifer Daugherty, Canon Nancy Ross, Curate Cristi Chapman

Epiphanies have the power to transform and change us in profound ways. Those moments almost al-ways are unexpected, unplanned and unscripted. How is God continuing to be revealed in the world today through Jesus? How do we know? How do we respond?


January 13: No Forum: Baptism of Our Lord and Baptisms.


Earlier this season, the following forums were held: 

August 5: Sabbatical Revelations: Reflections by Dean Thomason.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Or vipers and warships and bee-eaters, oh my! The Thomasons are safely back from their extended time in Greece and elsewhere and have stories to tell. Drawing inspiration from the art they saw, and the people they met, Dean Thomason will share some perspectives on the experience. (He will also teach a course on the Creeds in September, and a series on the Book of Revelation in October and November.)


August 12: Report from the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church
In what has been claimed as the most activist convention in our Church’s history, more than 1000 church leaders spent nine days adopting resolutions by which we will find our way as a Church in such areas as: Prayer Book revision, responses to the Me Too movement, and justice in Israel and Palestine. Join us as Dean Thomason and Judy Andrews share their observations and a summary from the Episcopal Church’s triennial General Convention.


September 2: No Forum: Labor Day.


September 9: Ministry Fair. How are you being drawn into deeper spiritual growth and service at Saint Mark’s? Come to this festive gathering to learn more about the breadth of ministry opportunities at Saint Mark’s. Meet with ministry leaders, savor delicious homemade snacks, and engage in conversation with fellow parishioners as we kickoff the program year. Immediately following the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.


September 16: Why we Say the Creeds, part I. Dean Thomason will provide historical and liturgical context for the creeds as we wrestle with their content and meaning, and why we use them still.

Video of Part 1 Why we Say the Creeds is now online.

Sunday Sept 23: Why we Say the Creeds, part II.


September 30: Special Parish Forum: The Cathedral is getting a new Baptismal Font. 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 will describe the design process, theological underpinnings for the design and next steps. The artist and others involved in the design process will be on hand as well.


October 7: No Forum: St. Francis Sunday.


October 14: Meet and Greet the Service Corps UpdateCome meet and hear from our new Seattle Service Corps members as they share their hopes, goals and stories. Show your support and bring your questions and insights for the newest cohort of Service Corps members!


October 21: Wardens' Forum.

The Wardens and Vestry will provide an update on and answer questions related to finance, facilities and other current Vestry activities. Please contact Lynne Markova with any questions.


October 28: Shifting Seats of Power in Jerusalem. The Rev. Canon John L. Peterson will speak about the role Jerusalem serves for the three Abrahamic faiths and how the three traditions have been impacted in light of the U.S.’s decision to move its em-bassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. John currently serves as Canon for Global Justice and Reconciliation at Washington National Cathedral, and previously served as Secretary General of the Worldwide Angli-can Communion and Dean of St. George’s College in Jerusalem.


November 4: No Forum: All Saints' Day and Baptisms and Stewardship Brunch.


November 11: Justice Ministries Coordinating Team Update. Members of the Justice Ministries Coordinating Team (JCMT) will give an update about the state of justice ministry at Saint Mark’s. Come and learn more about how Saint Mark’s is putting its faith into practice and how you can participate in and support this vibrant part of our collective life together.


November 18: Friends Talking: Bishop Rickel and Dean Thomason. Bishop Rickel and Dean Thomason will host a conversation for the whole Saint Mark’s community—children welcome!—about the role of cathedrals, the future of the Church, the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement and more.