Sunday Forum

Winter 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.



14 – Reflections on The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with parishioner and psychotherapist Neshia Alaovae
Join us as the Cathedral commemorates the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Using the lectio divina method of reflection, participants will engage with one of Dr. King’s speeches. Afterward, participants will form small groups to share what is meaningful and important about Dr. King’s legacy and ministry. Watch a video of the event here.

21 – Sanctuary Update, with The Rev. Nancy Ross and Steering Committee Co-Chair Phillip Lienau
Come for an update on ideas, trainings, and community-building activities as we head into a new year of Sanctuary and stand in solidarity with immigrants and their families.

28 – No Forum–Annual Parish Meeting



4 – On this Ground We Stand: Sanctuary and Public Witness for Such a Time as Thiswith Michael Ramos, Executive Director of The Church Council of Greater Seattle
Acts of accompaniment and solidarity, sanctuary and immigrant rights, are all part of the Christian tradition. As people of faith, public witness rooted in our relationships in the wider community can help lead us toward the vision of the Beloved Community. How are we called at “such a time as this”?

11 & 18 – Lenten Intentions–Spiritual Practices for the Season, Part I, with The Rev. Nancy Ross and The Rev. Cristi Chapman
What is a good enough Lent? How do Lenten disciplines help us get to the heart of the season and prepare us for resurrection? During this two week series, we will share stories and explore practices that can help prepare us to engage deeply with this season of repentance and preparation.

25 – Friends Talking–A Conversation with The Rev. Ed Bacon on “Preaching in Times Such as These”, facilitated by Dean Thomason
Dean Thomason leads an informal conversation with The Rev. Ed Bacon, guest speaker, who will also be offering a Preaching Workshop and Wisdom School Event that same week. Rev. Bacon is an Episcopal priest who retired in 2016 after more than twenty years as rector of All Saints’ Church in Pasadena, California, where his commitment to “inclusive compassion and justice for everyone” informed his transformative leadership in the largest congregation in the Episcopal Church. He has appeared on Oprah television and radio, and he is the author of Eight Habits of Love: Open Your Heart, Open Your Mind.



4 – Mideast Focus Ministry Film Series Introduction, with Ruth McRee
This annual offering of films includes documentaries and feature narratives which focus on personal stories from both sides of the conflict in the Middle East. Learn first-hand about struggles and experiences of both Israelis and Palestinians. Get a preview of what’s to come in this year’s film series.

11 – TBD

18 – Reflections on Sabbatical for the Dean, with Dean Thomason
As Dean Thomason prepares to begin his sabbatical leave in April, he will provide a brief description of his plans, which include travels to Greece and Spain. The wardens will also present a brief overview of the “sabbatical work” into which the cathedral parish is invited during the time the dean is away.

25 – No Forum: Palm Sunday