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.
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...
Modeling the Faith: Susan Howatch’s Starbridge Novels as Theology in ActionPopular novelist Susan Howatch’s six linked novels set in the fictional cathedral City of Starbridge dramatically depict clerical life from 1937 through the...
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...
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.