Associate Rector for Formation and Liturgy
Our mission is to comfort, challenge and inspire a growing community of people in search of meaning and hope in their lives, and one of the avenues we provide to foster this exploration is through our numerous programs, classes, retreats and formation opportunities.
We strive to provide impactful offerings that will not only foster spiritual enrichment and growth, but also provide a basic theological foundation off of which to expand. The below offerings are your open invitation to join us, wherever you might be on your path, and whatever your religious background may be. We welcome all people, all questions, all doubts and all insights. Join us.
For those of you who are looking for a great place to educate your children, we encourage you to check out our Children Youth and Family Ministries as well as The St. Bartholomew Community Preschool.
Each Sunday at 10:00 am, The Forum helps us further connect faith with life. Programs range from clergy teaching and expository Bible study to explorations of theology, social concerns and philosophical questions.
Watch The Forum live on our website, or join the conversation live on Facebook or YouTube where you can post your questions for our speaker in the comments during the live stream. Visit our The Forum page for upcoming schedule and past recordings.
For the month of May, The Peace Book Club continues its exploration of Jesus and the Disinherited, a classic work about the connection between Christianity and social justice by Howard Thurman, the dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University who served as a major influence on The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Please read chapters 3 and 4 ahead of the next discussion on May 16. All are invited to join via Zoom.
Continue to learn about systemic racism and its devastating effects through a webinar series presented by the Reparations Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and a companion set of discussions intended just for members of the St. Bart’s community. The Diocesan-wide webinars and St. Bart’s discussions will be held on alternate Tuesdays over a two-month period. Register here for the May 25 Diocesan-wide webinar "Educational Opportunity Denied: The Legacy of Segregated Housing," featuring Congressman Jamaal Bowman and others. Register here for the biweekly St. Bart’s discussions (beginning June 1). Click here for complete information about the whole Diocesan-wide series.
This summer, take a break from the serious study of dense theological texts and find God on the silver screen! The Reverend Peter Thompson leads weekly discussions about three TV series featuring clergy and their families: in June, the Danish show Herrens veje (Netflix); in July, the British show Grantchester (Amazon Prime, PBS Passport); and in August, the American show Greenleaf (Netflix). Join us for one show or all three. Ahead of the first meeting, please watch episodes 1 and 2 of Herrens veje.
Dartmouth Professor Randall Balmer returns to St. Bart’s to discuss his new book Solemn Reverence: The Separation of Church and State in American Life about the separation of church and state, its long history as a key principle of American government, and the many challenges it faces in the current political environment. This weekday class will serve as a follow-up to Professor Balmer’s June 6 appearance at The Forum focusing on the same topic.
The whole world has been living through the trauma of COVID-19 over the past year and some months. How do we emerge in a way that allows us to simultaneously acknowledge the pain we've endured and move forward? Join the Reverend Peter Thompson for a discussion based on Shelly Rambo's wide-ranging book Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma. Please read the third chapter before the next session.
N.B.: Shelly Rambo will speak at The Forum on Sunday, May 9. The paperback and digital editions of the book are much less expensive than the hardback edition at some digital retailers.
The Saturday discussion group reflects on the many identities and enduring appeal of Jesus. Diana Butler Bass' book Freeing Jesus: Rediscovering Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence serves as a guide and basis for discussion. The 3/21/21 session of The Forum focused on the book and featured Butler Bass herself as a guest. Please read Chapter 1 before the next session.
Thoughtful reflection and lively discussion of the upcoming Sunday readings, hosted by the Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe. Please contact Liz Gillespie to be added to our weekly Bible study via Zoom. Click here for Sunday’s reading.
Are you looking to live into your faith more fully, to have faith connect more deeply with everyday life? Do you ever wonder what God is calling you to do? What can the Bible teach us about the world today? Do you ever wonder what God is calling you to do? If you want to seek answers through study, reflection and community, EfM -- a four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice -- may be for you. To learn more, listen to an EfM Rector’s Forum or contact EfM Mentor Liza Page Nelson.