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...
Parishioner Retta Blaney, author of Working on the Inside: the Spiritual Life through the Eyes of Actors, discussed the ten elements of the universal spiritual life and their importance to practitioners of the arts and the Judeo-Christian...
The Art of St. Bart’s Chapel I: The Rev. Matthew Moretz explores the hidden meanings of the fourteen, story-telling carved capitals in our chapel, carved by the famed Piccirilli brothers, nearly one hundred years ago.
Sunday, July 17, 2016The Rev. Lynn Sanders finds a theological conversation between two recent, powerful books: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi and Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Both books are available at St...
Summer Series: St. Bart & the Arts
Series Introduction: “The Theology of Art,” with Bob Dannals.
Wendell Berry, one of the most perceptive commentators of contemporary culture and spirituality, wrote, “We think it ordinary...
Matthew Moretz presented an instructed Eucharist -- a walk-through of the service of Holy Eucharist where the different parts of our classic service are explained, revealing their rich history, purpose, and hidden meanings.
Today we welcomed the Rev. Deborah Tammearu, Canon for Transitional Ministry for the Diocese of New York, and members of our Search Committee for discussion and questions on our continuing search process for a new Rector of our parish.
Liza Page Nelson, Vestry member and mentor in the Education for Ministry (EfM) program, introduced us to this four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. For more information...
A conversation with the Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls, Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, who is with us today for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation.
“Economics for Social Justice Explained,” with Rick McGahey, Senior Vice President at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and Teresa Ghilarducci, Professor of Economics at the New School, for their presentation
In the first part of our Easter Forum series “Easter People: Faith at Work,” Mary Kate Wold, President and CEO of the Church Pension Fund, she shares the results of her “listening events” throughout the Episcopal Church...