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...
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King continue to bring a compelling ethic of non-violent resistance, tough love, and possibilities of forgiveness and reconciliation. Led by Bob Dannals, who wrote his doctoral dissertation on the topic...
Part 1 of 3: In the midst of ongoing evil in our world, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King continue to bring a compelling ethic of non-violent resistance, tough love, and possibilities of forgiveness and reconciliation. Join us for this...
On october 4th, the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, our Forum guest was Jon Sweeney, independent scholar, editor, culture critic, and former editor-in-chief of Paraclete Press. Jon has lectured widely on subjects related to Francis of Assisi...
Today's Forum was a chance for the parish to meet St. Bart’s newest Assisting Priest, the Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, J.D., Ph.D. Patrick is Chief Compliance Officer for the Church Pension Group; Affliated Associate Professor of Theology...
Our Search Committee and the Rev. Canon Deborah Tammeru updated us on St. Bart’s Rector Search. Click the red "Notes" icon (four bullet pointed horizontal lines, above) for a copy of the search handouts. To stay up to date on the search...