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.
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.
Sunday Sept 23: Why we Say the Creeds, part II.
September 30: TBD.
October 7: No Forum: St. Francis Sunday.
October 14: Meet and Greet the Service Corps Update. Come meet and listen to 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 Corp 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 US's decision to move its embassy 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 Anglican Communion and Dean of St. George’s College in Jerusalem.
November 4: No Forum: All Saint’s Day and Baptisms and Stewardship Brunch.
November 11:Justice Ministries update. Justin Mills and other members of the Justice Ministry Coordinating Team (JCMT) will give an update about the state of justice ministry at Saint Mark’s. Please come to learn more about how Saint Mark’s is putting its faith into practice and how you can support this vibrant part of our collective life together.
November 18: Friends Talking. Bishop Rickel and Dean Thomason will host a conversation about the role of cathedrals, the future of the Church, the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement and more. All are encouraged to attend.
November 25: No Forum: Thanksgiving.
6 p.m.: Advent Intergenerational Event and Potluck. 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, alternative giving opportunities and a blessing of Advent wreaths. This will be a comfortable way to transition after Thanksgiving into your daily routine with simple spiritual practices that pave the way for Christmas.
December 2: Reflections for Advent: Entering the Darkness. The seeds of new life take root and begin to grow in darkness. During the season of 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. How can we be still and listen? What generative longings are taking root in you? Join The Rev. Canon Jennifer Daugherty, The Rev. Canon Nancy Ross, and The Rev. Cristi Chapman for the first of a three week series as share as they reflect and facilitate a conversation.
December 9: Reflections for Advent: Turning Toward Hope. Jan Richardson says, “hope starts small, even as a seed in the womb, but feeds on outrageous possibilities.” Miroslav Volf says, “hope is love stretched into the future.” What practices help you discover those small grains of hope waiting to be born into the world? Who inspires you to stretch love into the future? Join The Rev. Canon Jennifer Daugherty, The Rev. Canon Nancy Ross, and The Rev. Cristi Chapman for the second of a three week series as share as they reflect and facilitate a conversation.
December 16: Alternative Giving Advent Ingathering and Celebration. A festive reception celebrating the gathering and blessing of all gifts chosen from our various giving trees, including Lowell, Mary's Place, and Casa Latina. Pick a tag from the trees between 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. Epiphanies have the power to transform and change us in profound ways. Those moments almost always 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? Join The Rev. Canon Jennifer Daugherty, The Rev. Canon Nancy Ross, and The Rev. Cristi Chapman for the final of a three week series as share as they reflect and facilitate a conversation.
January 13: No Forum: Baptism of Our Lord and Baptisms.