The 2022 Pageant of the Nativity

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 7 P.M., in the cathedral nave and livestreamed

Saint Mark's Pageant of the Nativity is unlike any children's pageant you have seen elsewhere. In 2015, the leadership of Saint Mark's Cathedral formulated a vision for a offering that centered Holy Scripture, took full advantage of the inspiring space of the cathedral nave, could be enjoyed by children and adults of every generation, and challenged the choristers of the cathedral to new heights of musical excellence.

Video of the pageants of years past can be seen here. Each year, a different ensemble of instrumentalists creates a different theme for the musical selections—from the colorful Celtic instruments of 2016, to the intimate string quartet in 2019, to an American folk ensemble for last year. This year's offering will feature a spectacular brass ensemble, which, when paired with the mighty Flentrop, is sure to raise the roof!

Don't miss this prayerful and inspirational meditation on Christ's coming into our world—join in person in the cathedral nave, or via livestream.

Becoming and Belonging: Embodied Spirituality in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

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TWO WEDNESDAYS, DECEMBER 7 & 14, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family). NOTE: This presentation has been rescheduled from its original date

FACILITATED BY DEAN STEVE THOMASON

The Wisdom School at Saint Mark's presents this timely presentation from Dean Steve Thomason. We are in a paradigm shift of seismic proportions.  Drawing on the evolutionary theology of Teilhard de Chardin and the ground-breaking postulations by Ilia Delio, we will explore what embodied spirituality means in a post-human world where climate change, artificial intelligence, and modern medicine converge to create an altered dynamic in which humans exist and evolve. What is the role of spirituality in this increasingly complex and complicated world?

Program is free; register here for Zoom link; no need to register for in-person attendance. Optional community dinner served at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Comfort and Peace at Christmas: A Service of Healing for Aching Hearts

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 7 P.M.

The liturgy known in previous years as "Blue Christmas" has been re-imagined as "Comfort and Peace at Christmas" and will be offered this year on Sunday evening, December 18, at 7 p.m., in lieu of the Contemplative Eucharist that day. Saint Mark’s has a long-standing tradition of holding space for prayerful care and companionship for those who find the holiday season a difficult time—for many who have experienced loss, grief, or hardship, the "festive season" can in fact be particularly painful and alienating.

This special service of scripture, candle lighting, and healing prayer in Thomsen Chapel is intended to honor whatever you may be going through, while offering the hope of light and peace. This liturgy will be offered in person only. All are welcome.

Epiphany Supper, Eucharist, and Burning of the Greens

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 6–8 P.M., Bloedel Hall, cathedral nave, and outdoors

Vegetarian chili, toppings, cornbread will be served from 6–6:45 p.m., then a simple and lovely Eucharistic liturgy will be offered in the nave, concluding with a procession with the Advent Wreath to the outdoor bonfire. Bring Christmas greens from your own home to burn as well.

Cocoa and cookies will be served outside. Please RSVP or volunteer to help by emailing Canon Barrie: wbarrie@saintmarks.org

Addiction and Love: Reclaiming Our True Identity

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2023, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom. Optional community dinner at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Facilitated by Killian Noe. A presentation of The Wisdom School at Saint Mark's.

Most of us suffer from mistaken identity. We identify as the trauma we have endured or the behaviors that emerge from that trauma. The spiritual journey is the life- long journey of reclaiming our truest identity, which is Love. We will reflect on the many ways we numb our pain instead of staying present to and being transformed by our pain and we will celebrate the hope/joy of living from Love.

Killian Noe is the Founder of the Recovery Café Network, and is the author of Finding Our Way Home and Descent Into Love. Read more about Killian here.

Program is free; register here for Zoom link; no need to register for in-person attendance. Optional community dinner served at 6 p.m. ($6/child; $8/adult; $25/max. family).

Climate Conversations

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FIRST TUESDAYS, BEGINNING JUNE 7, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., online via Zoom

Looking for practical ways to reduce your impact on the environment? Saint Mark’s Creation Care Ministry is hosting Climate Conversations about everyday things in our lives. These monthly conversations will be held on environmentally-friendly Zoom on the first Tuesday evening of each month from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Here’s the schedule for the next few months.

June 7What you can do about Food (with Marc Aubertin & Richard Hartung)

The slides from the presentation may be seen here.

July 5What you can do about Energy (with Richard Wesley & Richard Hartung)

The slides from this presentation may be seen here

August 2What you can do about Water

The slides from the presentation may be seen here.

September 5What you can do on the Carbon Tracker

The slides from the presentation may be seen here.
Video of this conversation may be seen here and below.

October 4What you can do about Transportation

The slides from the presentation may be seen here.
Video of this conversation may be seen here and below.

November 1: Investing with Your Values ( with Penelope Jackson & Richard Hartung)

The slides from this presentation may be seen here.
In addition, Penelope Jackson shared the following resources:
ESG (Environmental/Social/Governance criteria) FAQ
Responsible Investing Glossary
How to find an Investment Advisor
The Carbon Almanac
Video of this conversation may be seen here and below.

December 6: Creation Care Perspectives on Shopping at Christmas Time

As we head towards Christmas, it’s easy to get caught up in a cycle of decorating our homes and buying presents for family or friends with little concern for the environment. Taking a Creation Care perspective enables us to consider conservation and climate when we shop and give gifts or decorate in eco-friendly ways that help rather than harm the planet. We’ll discuss the impact of traditional shopping trends, the importance of giving eco-friendly gifts, how to select the right presents or experiences as gifts, and how a creation care perspective makes gifting more purposeful and meaningful.

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