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, October 9, 2022
New York Focus: A Closer Look at Our City and State
Akash Mehta, Editor-in-Chief of journalism start-up New York Focus, reflects on the fight for criminal justice reform, the implementation of a new climate law, and other issues facing our city and our state.
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Coming up at The Forum
October 16: Canterbury Tales: A Cathedral Dean on Two Decades of Service
The Reverend Dr. Robert Willis, the recently retired Dean of Canterbury Cathedral in England, looks back at over two decades of distinguished service. During his time in Canterbury, Dean Willis not only hosted an important Lambeth Conference gathering in 2008 but also founded a popular online “Garden Congregation.”
Watch or listen to The Forum from previous weeks below.
How did Jesus and the earliest Christians approach issues of economic justice? Miguel Escobar, Executive Director of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, provides an overview based on his new book.
Today we welcomed Dr. Sarah Ruden for a lively discussion on her recent scholarly work. Dr. Ruden is the author of The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible, and the translator of a new version of Augustine’s...
Today we welcomed Jonathan F. Cooper, Communications Manager for the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES), who explored the wide-ranging world of social media and shared his considerations for health and wellness in that shared space.
“St. Bart’s, The Episcopal Church and the United Nations: Engaging with the Global Community.” Today we welcomed Lynnaia Main, the Officer for Global Relations and Representative to the United Nations for the Episcopal Church...
"Confronting Despair – Together.” Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason of the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute explored the current understanding of the role of despair in our lives and how communities of faith can support the world in...
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...