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Sunday, November 28, 10 AM, in the great hall

The Advent Fair replaces The Forum on Sunday, November 28.

Prepare for the festive holiday season with interactive crafts, refreshments, music, and other fun. All are welcome! Information here.

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Each Sunday at 10:00 am, we explore important issues at the intersection of faith and the modern world.

Sunday at The Forum

Sunday, December 5, 10 AM, in the great hall

Join us live and in-person for The Forum in the Great Hall. The Forum is also livestreamed for those who prefer to tune in remotely.

Exploring Dimensions of Spirituality and Dementia

The Reverend Lynn Casteel Harper, the Minister of Older Adults at The Riverside Church and author of On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear, will explore spiritual aspects of dementia, expanding understandings of dementia beyond progressive vacancy and dread to make room for hope, creativity, friendship, and spiritual growth. 

Bio: Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper is an essayist, minister, and chaplain. Her debut book, On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear (Catapult, 2020), was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for 2021. She currently serves as the Minister of Older Adults at The Riverside Church in the City of New York. Lynn completed her M.Div. at Wake Forest University and her chaplaincy residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Before joining Riverside’s staff, Lynn was a nursing home chaplain at a continuing care retirement community. Originally from southeastern Missouri, Lynn resides in New York City with her husband Ryan Harper.

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Sunday, November 21

Radical Welcome 2021: Updating a Classic, Recommitting to the Dream (Recorded)

The Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church and Assisting Priest at St. Bart’s, who wrote Radical Welcome: Embracing God, the Other, and the Spirit of Transformation fifteen years ago, takes another look at the concept as the second edition of her book is released.

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Sunday, November 14

Seeking Everyday Faith with Thomas Merton (Recorded)

Author Sophfronia Scott shares her deep dive into the private journals of the famous Trappist monk, and the connection she found in his pages that led to her book The Seeker and the Monk: Everyday Conversations with Thomas Merton. As a Black woman who is not Catholic, Scott both learns from and pushes back against Merton, holding spirited, and intimate conversations on race, ambition, faith, activism, nature, prayer, friendship, and love. Please post your comments for our speaker in the comments section on Facebook or YouTube, or email the Reverend Peter D. Thompson, Vicar, at  .

Sophfronia Scott is a Harvard-educated novelist, essayist, and leading contemplative thinker whose work has appeared in numerous publications. She has received a 2020 Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Office of the Arts as well as the 2021 Thomas Merton Award from the International Thomas Merton Society. Join our Saturday morning Zoom class for an in-depth exploration of her book. Info here.

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Upcoming at The Forum:

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Please join us for the Advent Fair in place of The Forum. Details here.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Exploring Dimensions of Spirituality and Dementia 

The Reverend Lynn Casteel Harper, the Minister of Older Adults at The Riverside Church and author of On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear, will explore spiritual aspects of dementia, expanding understandings of dementia beyond progressive vacancy and dread to make room for hope, creativity, friendship, and spiritual growth. 

Bio: Rev. Lynn Casteel Harper is an essayist, minister, and chaplain. Her debut book, On Vanishing: Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear (Catapult, 2020), was named a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and a Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle selection for 2021. She currently serves as the Minister of Older Adults at The Riverside Church in the City of New York. Lynn completed her M.Div. at Wake Forest University and her chaplaincy residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Before joining Riverside’s staff, Lynn was a nursing home chaplain at a continuing care retirement community. Originally from southeastern Missouri, Lynn resides in New York City with her husband Ryan Harper.


Watch or listen to The Forum from previous weeks below.

Damaged Heritage - J. Chester Johnson
08.02.20 | Articles | The Forum

J. Chester Johnson discusses his latest book, Damaged Heritage, the account of his discovery of his beloved grandfather’s participation in the worst race massacre in our country’s history; his meeting of Sheila L. Walker, a descendant...

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