Adult Formation Opportunities 2020


Adult Formation Opportunities 2020

For all weeknight classes please enter at 109 East 50th Street.  If you have any questions, please contact the Reverend Peter Thompson, Associate Rector for Formation and Liturgy.

Weekly Bible Study
Wednesdays, 12:45 PM-2:00 PM 

Thoughtful reflection and lively discussion of the upcoming Sunday readings.  

Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. Thursdays, February 6–20, 6:30 pm in the Vestry Room. In the past few years, the killing of innocent black and brown people, accompanied by a marked rise in white nationalism, has prompted a fierce reckoning about race in America. Join the Reverend Peter Thompson for a discussion of Kelly Brown Douglas’ searing book Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God. What is the reality of being black or brown in this country? And how can we draw on our Christian faith in our effort to make our society more loving and more just? Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to read the book in advance of the discussion.

Centering Prayer
Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm

Seeking some calm and peace amidst the rush of your daily life? Learn how to connect more deeply with the divine by joining our weekly centering prayer group on Monday evenings.  Enter at 109 E. 50h Street. Learn more.


Sunday, February 2 - Religion is Always in the Room: Liz Kineke on Religion, Politics, and Understanding
Liz Kineke served for over fourteen years as the producer of CBS’ award-winning Religion and Cultureseries. As she revisits her transition to religion reporting in the years following 9/11 and shares clips from some of her more recent work, she reflects on the importance of religion within our socio-political climate and the relationship between religious literacy and American democracy.

Sunday, February 9 - The Priest as Politician: Social Engagement as a Clergyperson
Over a nearly three decade long career, our Rector, Bishop Dean Wolfe, has spoken out on a number of different political issues. How has he thought about tricky political dilemmas and how has he tried to navigate other Episcopalians through them? The Reverend Peter Thompson talks to +Dean about how and when people of faith should wade into political waters. 

Sunday, February 16 - God in the White House: Faith and the Presidency
Though the Constitution attempts to draw some boundaries between religion and the government, religion clearly has influenced--and continues to influence--our elected officials, including our Presidents. How does faith impact the ways in which Presidents get elected and exercise their authority?  Randall Balmer, John Phillips Professor of Religion, at Dartmouth College, contemplates this question, tracing the relationship between faith and the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to the present. An Episcopal priest and the author of God in the White House: A History, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey Into the Evangelical Subculture in America, Redeemer: The Life of Jimmy Carter, and several other books on American religion, Professor Balmer will also be our guest preacher at the 9 and 11 am services.

Sunday, March 1
Speaker: Josef Sorett, Associate Professor of Religion and African-American Studies, Columbia University; Director, Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice

Sunday, March 8
Speaker: Tiffany Stanley, Managing Editor, Religion and Politics

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Speaker: Aysha Kahn, Reporter, Religion News Service

Sunday, March 22, 2020
Speaker: Rebecca Linder Blachly, Director of Government Relations, The Episcopal Church

Sunday, March 29, 2020
Speaker: Gale Kenny, Assistant Professor of Religion, Barnard College

Sunday, April 5, 2020
The Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith, Associate Rector for Justice and Reconciliation, St. Bartholomew’s Church

Listen in -- or listen again -- to past Forum recordings