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.
Brother Curtis Almquist of the Society of St. John the Evangelist introduces the season of Lent, paying particular attention to the practice of fasting and what it might mean to fast in this day and age.
LOVE BADE ME WELCOME: A CLOSE READING OF GEORGE HERBERT'S LOVE (III)
George Herbert’s Love (III), with its moving depiction of a generous and forgiving Love, is one of the most cherished poems in the Anglican tradition. Julie...
RADICAL WELCOME, RADICAL WORSHIP: REIMAGINING LITURGY IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
The newest member of our clergy staff, the Reverend Zack Nyein, Senior Associate Rector, looks at the many ways in which worship is being reimagined within...
Absalom Jones, America’s First Black Priest: What does it mean to tell his story?
The Reverend Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones, Director of Spiritual Formation at Trinity Retreat Center in West Cornwall, Connecticut and a former member of the...
Two Friends, Two Prophets: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Martin Luther King, Jr.
We continue our look at The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s interfaith partnerships with Susannah Heschel, the Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor...
As we celebrate The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, The Right Reverend Marc Andrus, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, offers an inside look at King's friendship with the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Bishop Andrus...
Art, faith, and science converge in the landscape paintings of 19th-century American artists. The Reverend Meredith Ward explores how artists sought to educate and morally elevate their audience with their artistic skill, until, at a certain...
Reflection, Renewal, and New Year's Resolutions
Dr. Patricia Tidwell, PhD, LCSW, a psychotherapist and St. Bart's parishioner, returns to The Forum to talk about healthy ways of approaching a New Year.
For over a thousand years, the song that a pregnant Mary sings while visiting her relative Elizabeth has played a central role in Christian liturgy. Knox Sutterfield, Director of the Florilegium Chamber Choir on the Upper West Side and the...