The Forum


The Forum

LOCATION: Online (unless otherwise noted)
TIME: 10:00 am

Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Forum live stream will appear here on Sunday morning and stream live on our Facebook Page and  YouTube ChannelPlease email your questions for our speaker to the Reverend Peter Thompson at or post in the comments during the livestream.

 @BlackLiturgies: Black Voices, Worship and Prayer 

Cole Arthur Riley, the creator of the Instagram account @blackliturgies, shares some of her beautiful prayers and speaks to the importance of amplifying Black voices in the liturgical life of the Church.


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Who Is My Neighbor During a Pandemic? Part 2: Vaccines and Public Health

After an initial overview of COVID-19 in June, Dr. Jamie Ferrara and Dr. Jim Marion return to discuss progress being made towards a vaccine. Dr. Ferrara and Dr. Marion suggest reviewing this article in Foreign Policy for background on the topic. The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.


Sunday, September 6, 2020

The Forum live stream will appear here on Sunday morning and stream live on our Facebook Page and  YouTube Channel

Not of Charity, but Justice: Labor Rights and the Common Good

On Labor Day weekend, the Reverend John Wirenius, Deacon of St. Bart's and the Chair of the New York State Public Employment Relations Board, discusses the importance of securing labor rights as part of our effort to build a just society. Read a 2011 article by John in The Journal of Catholic Legal Studies:


Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Forum live stream will appear here on Sunday morning and stream live on our Facebook Page and  YouTube Channel

Women’s Suffrage: 100 Years Later

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of 19th amendment, Lee Ann Banaszak, Professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, reflects on the past, present, and future of the women’s rights movement.



Sunday, August 23, 2020

Tolle Lege! (Take Up and Read!): Reading as Revelation
Lauren Smith, a PhD student in Religious Studies at Brown University, examines the close connections between the experience of reading great literature and the experience of conversion.


Sunday, August 16, 2020

Robert P. Jones (CEO and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute) reflects on his new book, White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, which outlines the long and unfortunate connection between white supremacy and Christianity in America.


Sunday, August 9, 2020

Racism and Climate Change: Understanding the Link, Preparing for Action

Malik Saafir, GreenFaith’s Arkansas Organizer and a long-time racial justice activist, will speak about these interconnections and how faith communities can make a difference.


Sunday, August 2, 2020

Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and a Story of Reconciliation
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 of African-American victims of the Massacre, and their commitment to a journey of racial reconciliation and abiding friendship.


Sunday, July 26, 2020

We Are George Floyd: A Filmmaker Reflects on Black Lives Matter Protests
Filmmaker Julian Marshall reflects on the passionate protests that erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the constructive steps we can take to move forward now.



Sunday, July 19, 2020

Responding to COVID-19 Across the Anglican Communion

Robert Radtke, President & CEO of Episcopal Relief and Development, discusses the steps his organization is taking to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 within the United States and around the globe.




Sunday, July 12, 2020

Adding to Your Theological Toolbox: Resources for Living with the Realities of Suffering and Grief
The Reverend Molly James, PhD offers guidance on how to cope with the painful episodes that we experience in our lives. James is a theologian, professor and priest and the author of With Joyful Acceptance, Maybe. She currently serves as the deputy executive officer of the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.  View presentations slides here.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

David Blight, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale, reflects on Frederick Douglass’ landmark Fourth of July oration and the profound questions it continues to raise about patriotism, Christianity, and race.


Sunday, June 28, 2020

Playwright Matthew Lopez talks about his award-winning Broadway play and how the struggles of the AIDS crisis remain relevant today. 


Sunday, June 21, 2020
The Forum live stream will appear here on Sunday morning and stream live on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

As we celebrate another Pride month, The Reverend Justin Crisp draws on queer voices and classic Christian theology to offer a new vision of the nature of sex itself. Crisp is Associate Rector and Theologian-in-Residence at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in New Canaan, Connecticut and a PhD student at Yale University.


Sunday, June 14, 2020
Who is my Neighbor during a Pandemic? A Medical Perspective
Part One: The Current Lockdown and How to Lift it Safely
St. Bart's doctors Jamie Ferrara, Jim Marion, and Peter Scardino discuss the current state of the COVID-19 crisis and what the next steps are.


Sunday, June 7, 2020
The Assumptions of Whiteness and the Challenge of Discipleship.
As protests continue across the country, Bryan Massingale, the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics at Fordham University, joins us for a discussion about how white people can confront their own prejudices and the systemic injustices of the larger culture.

Consider reading two recent articles by Professor Massingale, "The assumptions of white privilege and what we can do about it" and "The only thing that matters." For more information about Professor Massingale, see "Meet Father Bryan Massingale: A Black, Gay, Catholic Priest Fighting for an Inclusive Church."


Sunday, June 1, 2020
Pentecost 2020: Spreading the Good News Online

This morning at 10 am, our regularly scheduled Forum conversation was set aside as welcomed the Reverend Canon Dr. Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Stewardship of Creation. Thank you to Canon Spellers for leading us to find a way forward.


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