Cathedral Commons

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Video and resources from past forums are available on the Cathedral Commons – Video & Resources page.

Join us on Wednesday evenings for food, fellowship, and faith formation. This family-friendly weekly offering is designed to make space for community gathering and spiritual growth during the week. There are opportunities for children, youth and adults.

6-7 p.m. Catered dinner in Bloedel Hall (Adults $7, Children $5, Max Family $20)
7 p.m. Adult Faith Formation Opportunity (In Bloedel Hall unless otherwise noted)
7 p.m. Children and Youth Opportunities (Meet in Bloedel Hall at 6:50 p.m., then head down to Child Care Center at 7 p.m.)

Renewing Our Covenant: A Statement of Commitment and Action
Special Parish Forums facilitated by Dean Thomason
TWO WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY 11 AND 18, 7-8:15 P.M., BLOEDEL HALL
The Vestry of Saint Mark’s Cathedral Parish has adopted a position statement grounded in our baptismal covenant, calling us to prayer, holy listening, and advocacy for justice in these momentous times. The statement can be viewed here. These forums will launch our work of translating the statement into real action, building on what is already in place, while envisioning together how we might move forward in tangible ways to seek and serve Christ in others. Where will you devote your energy in this holy work? What gifts do you bring to the community’s efforts as we turn into this new era for Saint Mark’s? All are invited and encouraged to attend one or both forums. For more info, email Dean Thomason at sthomason@saintmarks.org (An optional light dinner is served in Bloedel Hall 6-6:30 p.m. each Wednesday as part of Cathedral Commons).

Cathedral Commons: Franciscan 101
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 6 P.M., BLOEDEL HALL
Cathedral Commons presents: Franciscan 101 with Br. Christopher Jennings, OSF. Are you curious as to what a Franciscan Friar is? Are they monks? Do they live in community and talk to animals? The dinner and discussion will be led by Br. Chris on his Franciscan journey to the Order of Saint Francis; a Contemporary Expression of Franciscan Tradition within the Anglican Communion. Dinner at 6 p.m. Discussion and video starts promptly at 7 p.m. Questions? Contact Br. Christopher Jennings, OSF, Br.jenningsOSF@outlook.com.

Building Community and the One Parish, One Prisoner Initiative with Chris Hoke
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 7 P.M., BLOEDEL HALL
In 2005, Chris Hoke came to read the Bible “with the damned” alongside Bob Ekblad in the Skagit County Jail. He did not expect to be embraced and dubbed “pastor” by a growing community of Chicano gang members. As founder of Tierra Nueva’s Gang Initiative, his passion now is to help disciple former gang members and men out of prison to step into the calling many of them feel like Saul of Tarsus-to reach a new generation of hurting youth. His book, Wanted, chronicles his journey. Chris will share stories of building community with those on the margins in Skagit County, his work with Tierra Nueva, tierra-nueva.org, and opportunities for Saint Mark’s to get involved in the One Parish, One Prisoner Initiative. We recommend you read Chris’ book prior to the event, but it’s not required. This follow-up article provides additional information about his ministry.

Mission to Seafarers
WEDNESDAY, FEB 8, 7 P.M.
Ken Hawkins will facilitate an exploration of the Mission to Seafarers ministry. If you have ever wondered who the Seafarers are and what they need and if the Mission involves boats, now is your chance to find out. Ken Hawkins will be talking about the not just the mission, but also how the Seafarers community functions, and what lessons we can apply to our land-based days.

Spirituality and Leadership: Leading from Within
WEDNESDAYS, FEBRUARY 15 – APRIL 5, 7-8:15 P.M., Bloedel Hall
Facilitated by Dean Steve Thomason
How do we exercise leadership as spiritually-centered people? This seven-week series draws on selected resources from a variety of authors including Parker Palmer, Walter Brueggemann, Killian Noe, Bennett Sims, Margaret Wheatley, Richard Rohr, and Gerald May. 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, unfolding into the discovery of our truest identity, as beloved of God, good and generous of spirit. Free and open to all.