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 8: Histories, Fun Facts, Regular Facts
Alexandra Petri of the Washington Post will speak on her new book satirizing American history, US History: Important American Documents (I Made Up).
October 15: Sacred Muse: On Christian Art and Music
Charles Scribner III, author, art historian, and longtime member of the St. Bart’s community ponders the many ways in which art and music can lead us to the sacred.
October 22: Deliberative Citizenship: Constructively Facing Society’s Problems
Graham Bullock, Associate Professor of Political Science, Davidson College proposes a more constructive approach to dialogue about important social and political issues.
October 29: The Reverend Molly O’Neil Frank will speak on death and dying from her perspective as a hospice chaplain at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
November 5: Thirty Years of Ministry
The Right Reverend Dean Wolfe and his wife Ellen reflect on his thirty years of service as a priest and bishop.
November 12: Back at St. Bart’s
The Reverend Peter Thompson discusses his three month sabbatical and his return to St. Bart’s.
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On Veterans Day weekend, Harry Foster, an alum of the Warrior-Scholar Project, discusses the ways in which our society can better support those who have served our country in the military.
Artist Mel Ahlborn, Director of Illumination Studio, introduces the baptismal font she created for St. Bart’s and reflects on the meaning of baptism and the way in which art continues to enhance the life of the Church.
Claudio Lomnitz, Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and author of Death and The Idea of Mexico, provides an overview of the beloved Mexican tradition.
The Reverend Dr. Randall Balmer, John Phillips Professor in Religion at Dartmouth College, discusses his new book about the intimate–and often unexamined–connections between religion and sports.
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...
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.
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.
At this key moment in the life of The Episcopal Church, St. Bart’s parishioner Mary Kate Wold, CEO & President of the Church Pension Group, shares basic facts about our denomination and the clergy who serve it.
Dr. James Cone, the Medical Director of the World Trade Center Health Registry, shares insights from his work investigating the connections between 9/11 and physical and mental health.