Cathedral Commons

Fall 2018 Schedule

Join us! On most Wednesday evenings, Saint Mark’s community gathers for food, fellowship and faith formation.

6-6:45 p.m.  Catered dinner in Bloedel Hall (Adults $7, Children $5, Max Family $20)
6:45-8:15 p.m.  Adult Faith Formation Opportunity (In Bloedel Hall unless otherwise noted)

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


Regarding the Child Jesus: Approaching a 20th-century Musical Masterpiece
Wednesday, December 5
This will be an introduction to Olivier Messiaen’s monumental work for solo piano, Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jésus (Twenty Visions About the Child Jesus). Messiaen’s music is dazzling, dense, and richly loaded with symbols. Messiaen described his own music as a "theological rainbow." What did he mean, and how might this description help listeners approach his music? Dean Thomason and Canon Kleinschmidt will offer a theological and musical framework for hearing this music, in anticipation of the live performance of the complete work at Saint Mark’s on Saturday night, December 8, at 7:30 p.m.


Advent Waiting: Bible People, Our People
Canon Nancy Ross and Curate Cristi Chapman
Wednesday, December 12, 6:45-8:15 p.m.
Dive deeply into Advent, exploring the “waiting” stories of people in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament and the lessons they teach us today about the challenge of waiting – and the possibility for new life in the midst of uncertainty and difficulty.


Earlier this season, the following programs were offered:

Resilience in Troubling Times: Developing Spiritual Practices that Sustain Us on the Journey
Led by Dean Steve Thomason with Cathedral Clergy
Wednesdays, September 19 and 26 6:45-8:15 p.m.
Building on the parish’s work with Esther De Waal’s book Seeking God, and drawing on resources from Society of St. John the Evangelist, participants will explore spiritual practices that assist us in making our way in a troubled world more gracefully, less anxiously, with flourishing and faithfulness as integral experiences.


What is this thing called Choral Evensong and why does it matter?
Led by Canon Musician Michael Kleinschmidt

Wednesday, October 3, 6:45-8:15 p.m.
Canon Kleinschmidt will lead a discussion of the shape of Evensong and the ways in which Evensong shapes God’s people. There will be singing, listening, praising, praying and a hearty invitation to attend Choral Evensong on the following Sunday with a renewed appreciation for this beloved liturgy.


And I, Francis: The Life of Francis of Assisi in Word and Image, with artist Kathleen Frugé-Brown and author Lauren Glen Dunlap
Wednesday, October 10, 6:45-8:15 p.m.
Join us for an evening of exploration, discussion and contemplation as we consider Francis’s life—and the way narratives shape our own spiritual journeys. Using the exhibit The Life of Francis of Assisi and the subsequent book inspired by the paintings, we will hear the stories surrounding these works, consider the pieces with some guidance from the artists and bring our experience back into a communal conversation.


Immigration Reform in Washington State with Attorney General Bob Ferguson
Wednesday, October 17, 7–8:30 p.m., Cathedral Nave
Archived footage of the live stream here
Saint Mark’s presents Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who will share his thoughts on the current state of immigration both locally and nationally, as well how we can continue our involvement toward sensible and- equitable policies. Following is a panel discussion moderated by The Right Rev. Greg Rickel, Bishop of the Diocese of Olympia, with Marcos Martinez, Executive Director of Casa Latina; Estela Ortega, Executive Director of El Centro de la Raza; and Michael Ramos, Executive Director of The Church Council of Greater Seattle.


The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation, Led by Dean Steve Thomason
Wednesdays, October 24, November 7, 6:45-8:15 p.m.
Resources from Oct. 24 here
Dean Thomason will offer a three-week series on his sabbatical gleanings on the Book of Revelation, which has been subject to gross misinterpretation and misappropriation. It is a wonderful book that gathers up all creation, and we would do well to reclaim its message of hope for the world.