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 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.
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...
Today for the Forum we welcomed the Suffragan Bishop of New York, the Right Reverend Allen K. Shin. He shared a glimpse of his broad ministry in this great diocese, and spoke with those who are making their next step in their walk with Christ.
For the Forum we welcomed this morning’s guest preacher, the Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism and Reconciliation. Canon Sellers shared a portrait of her work throughout the Episcopal Church and...
Social Media and Being the Church: A lively discussion with our new Communications Director, Kara Flannery, and the Reverend Matthew Moretz on the social media landscape and how it relates to the common life of St. Bart’s and our personal...
In the fifth session of our Lenten Series “The Journey Inward,” the Right Reverend Dean Wolfe shared a closing presentation on the variety of Lenten disciplines of our tradition as we prepare for the approaching end to the penitential...