Each week, guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines join the Reverend Peter Thompson and other St. Bart's clergy for deep and insightful conversations about topics that matter to our lives as responsible citizens and people of faith. Speakers in recent years have included winners of the Tony Award, the Emmy Award, the MacArthur Fellowship, and the Pulitzer Prize, professors from prominent universities like Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia, and journalists from New York, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.
Sunday, March 10: Confession in the Episcopal Church
Many Episcopalians are surprised to learn that their Church offers personal confession. The Rt. Rev. Andrew St. John, Bishop-in-Residence at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, provides an overview of the rite as it is used within our own tradition.
Sunday, March 17
Dr. Patricia Tidwell, psychotherapist, on the power of therapy.
Watch or listen to The Forum from previous weeks below.
Catherine Conybeare, Leslie Clark Professor in the Humanities at Bryn Mawr College, reviews the Confessions of St. Augustine of Hippo, exploring the importance of questions for Augustine's thought.
As we look back on an eventful year for The Forum at St. Bart's and for the larger world, we replay our most viewed conversation of 2020: "The Assumptions of Whiteness and the Challenge of Discipleship" with Fordham professor The Reverend Dr...
Episcopal Church musicians Janet Yieh and Carolyn Craig discuss their platform Amplify Female Composers, its Advent Calendar Project, and the importance of expanding the representation of women in the musical life of the Church. St. Bart's...
Healing and Hope: Technology and the Future of Healthcare : Clay Williams, St. Bart’s parishioner and founder of healthtech startup Medaptive Health, reflects on how technology can positively impact the healthcare system.
Psychologist Peter Coleman, a professor at Columbia, discusses the deep divides in our national life--and how we can transcend them. Read more about Professor Coleman and his research at https://www.thewayoutofpolarization.com/.
The Right Reverend Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church from 2006 to 2015, ponders the future of our planet and the role we can play in taking better care of it. Bishop Jefferts Schori is the author of several...
Elaine Pagels, a leading scholar of early Christianity and the Harrington Spear Paine Foundation Professor of Religion at Princeton University, outlines the most enigmatic book in the New Testament and the lasting impact it made on politics and...
Heidi Allen, Associate Professor at Columbia School of Social Work, offers insight on how future healthcare policy could better protect the most vulnerable.
Michael Duffy, who as President of the Great Oaks Foundation oversees five public charter schools, explores how an emphasis on tutoring could transform our approach to education.
Bart Ehrman, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, chronicles the historical development of Christian ideas about the afterlife.