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, June 26, 10 AM
Out & Proud: Jane Lynch on LGBTQ+ Pride
Beloved actress Jane Lynch, currently starring in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl, visits St. Bart’s to reflect on her life as an openly lesbian public figure and share stories from her long and acclaimed career.
Please post your questions for our speaker in the comments section on Facebook or YouTube, or email the Reverend Peter D. Thompson, Vicar at
Coming up at The Forum:
July 3, 2022
Our Nation of Immigrants: Celebrating an Inclusive United States
As we celebrate our country on this Independence Day weekend, Stephen Lean, Director of The American Family Immigration History Center on Ellis Island, discusses the ways in which immigration has enhanced the nation’s life.
July 10, 2022
The Abortion Converts: Journeys out of the Right-Wing
New York magazine senior writer Sarah Jones chronicles the transition some conservative Christians make from pro-life to pro-choice. Jones has recently authored several relevant articles about moral approaches to abortion (1, 2, 3).
July 17, 2022
New Approaches to Autism and Neurodiversity
Zachary Fletcher, chaplain at Mount Sinai Hospital, shares new and liberative ways of understanding autism and neurodiversity, including through the lens of Christian spirituality.
Watch or listen to The Forum from previous weeks below.
Tuesday, June 14 | 7:30 p.m. on the Website, Youtube, and Facebook Live
Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and the Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers discuss the meaning of Juneteenth...
The Rev. Mark Anschutz, former rector of St. Michael and All Angels in Dallas, reflects with us about his life of ministry in the Church and how to practice generosity in our parish's life of faith.
Our iconic dome has been magnificently restored! On September 24th, Project Manager Chris Norfleet of Séamus Henchy & Associates spoke about how they executed this complicated work -- finishing on time and on budget. After 14 months...
Today at the Forum, we introduced Lucy Breidenthal Bernardin, our new Minister for Children, Youth, and Family Formation and learn more about Kairos, our new Sunday morning education program, and other plans for children, youth and family events...
“Friend Somebody.” Today we welcomed Helen Goodkin, a retreat leader and lively teacher of the Scriptures and our Episcopal faith, who led us on an exploration of the meaning of friendship in the Gospel of John.
Today we welcomed Jose Chapa, Campaign Coordinator for the Justice for Farmworkers campaign. Mr. Chapa introduced the work of Rural & Migrant Ministry, a group that acts to overcome the prejudices and poverty that degrade and debilitate...
Today we welcomed the Rev. Dr. T. K. Nakagaki, President of the Buddhist Council of New York and noted Japanese calligrapher, who gave us a glimpse of his broad ministry in New York City. Since 1994, the Rev. Nakagaki has...
The Desert Fathers and Wisdom Tradition: Enjoy this presentation featuring the lives and teaching of early Christian hermits, ascetics, and monks who led a kind of spiritual revival in the wilderness that informs our tradition to this very day.
Pilgrims and Tourists: What is the difference between making a pilgrimage and taking a tour? Our Rector, Dean Wolfe, led a discussion about the ancient spiritual practice of pilgrimage to holy sites in our faith, especially as it informs our...