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, March 10: Confession in the Episcopal Church
Many Episcopalians are surprised to learn that their Church offers personal confession. The Rt. Rev. Andrew St. John, Bishop-in-Residence at St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, provides an overview of the rite as it is used within our own tradition.
Sunday, March 17
Dr. Patricia Tidwell, psychotherapist, on the power of therapy.
Watch or listen to The Forum from previous weeks below.
Catherine Conybeare, Leslie Clark Professor in the Humanities at Bryn Mawr College, reviews the Confessions of St. Augustine of Hippo, exploring the importance of questions for Augustine's thought.
The Reverend Dr. Amy Peeler, Associate Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, outlines what Scripture actually says about the gender of God. Her book, Women and the Gender of God, was released in fall 2022.
Dr. Caroline Walker Bynum, University Professor Emerita at Columbia University and a pioneering scholar of medieval women’s spirituality, highlights the significant impact women made on the Church in the centuries just before the...
Black womanist scholar the Reverend Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman reflects on the intersection of race, gender, and religion. Dr. Turman, one of the first women to serve at Harlem’s famed Abyssinian Baptist Church, is currently Associate...
Atlanta-based Episcopal priest and writer, the Reverend Martha Sterne, shares wisdom from over three decades of ordained ministry, joining in conversation with the Reverend Zack Nyein who grew up as a child in her parish. A celebrated preacher...
How should we make decisions about our giving? What ethical factors are involved? Peter Coy, opinions writer for The New York Times, explores these questions and more in a conversation with The Reverend Peter Thompson.
The following individuals were fully welcomed into the life of St. Bart's during Welcome Sunday on February 12, 2023. We invite you to send them messages of congratulations.
I am 31 years old and I am from Jamaica, West Indies. My...
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, as many as 20,000 people of African descent were buried in a cemetery located in lower Manhattan. Historical Consultant Peggy King Jorde speaks about her efforts to preserve that burial ground and the...
As the celebration of the Lunar New Year comes to a close with the Lantern Festival, Ying Yen, Executive Director of the New York Chinese Cultural Center, provides background on the multi-week observance and its place within Chinese culture.
Professor Emeritus at Yale Divinity School John Collins, author of the book "What Are Biblical Values?", tells us what the Bible really says about highly debated ethical issues.