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...
Forum guest: The Very Rev. Michael Battle, Ph.D., Professor of Church and Society and Director of the Desmond Tutu Center at the General Theological Seminary. With his guidance, we explored the calling to reconciliation and justice in our world...
Priest and author The Rev. Barbara Crafton joined us to discuss her new book, The Also Life. "Most people wonder what the afterlife is like," Crafton writes. "I don't like that term, 'afterlife.' I prefer my own word, 'alsolife.' I’m...
Join us in the Great Hall where our friend Imam Faiyaz Jaffer, member of the Interfaith Center of NYU, will share his hopes and values in the midst of this time of ferment in our city and nation.
Join us in the Great Hall as we welcome the Rev. Dr. Clair McPherson, distinguished Professor of Ascetical Theology at General Theological Seminary here in Manhattan. In lively fashion, he will plumb the deep wisdom of our ancient Christian...
David Lowe, Director of the Beaux Arts Society of New York and longtime member of the Episcopal Church, gives a presentation on the spectacular life and works of the architect of our church, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue.
St. Bart's and the Arts, Series Conclusion: The Russians are Coming!Interim Rector Bob Dannals will explore two primary and influential Russian writers, Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, with a particular focus on their theology, religious...
Patrick Bergquist, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries, walked us through the history and uses of icons. Icons have aided in the prayer life of the church for hundreds of years. In the Forum we took a look at ways that this...