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, November 27, 2022
Putting the Episcopal in the Episcopal Church: The Role of Bishops
On the eve of the election of the next Bishop of New York, our Rector, Bishop Dean Wolfe, talks about why we have bishops and what they do.
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Coming up at The Forum
December 4: Understanding Jesus and Paul Means Understanding Jewish Practice and Belief
Amy-Jill Levine, prolific author and the Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace, places Jesus and Paul within their Jewish context and reflects on how the Jewishness of the Jesus movement is so often overlooked.
Watch or listen to The Forum from previous weeks below.
David Silverman, Professor of History at George Washington University and author of This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth County, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving, offers a true history of the holiday we celebrate...
"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...
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.
Listen in to a Forum presentation from the Holy Land pilgrims of our parish who traveled with Canon Iyad Qumri in early 2016. Learn about their journey as well as a St. Bart’s pilgrimage planned for 2019.