At Saint Mark's, we seek to provide a variety of opportunities for seekers to deepen in relationship with God and to encounter God's liberating love through community and attention to Holy Scripture, tradition, and reason. At Saint Mark's, we refer broadly to these offerings as "Faith Formation."
At this time all Sunday Forums, Wednesday Forums (Cathedral Commons), Tuesday Bible Study, Cathedral Book Group, and the Inquirers' Class have all been suspended through the end of March. We hope to reschedule cancelled events until a later date.
Every Sunday, 10:10 to 10:55 a.m., Bloedel Hall
In the time between the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday morning Eucharist services, a variety of Sunday morning forums are offered each season on various topics relating to faith, justice, updates on parish life and more. Forums begin at 10:10 a.m. and are usually held in Bloedel Hall. See the complete schedule here.
At this time all Sunday Forums have been suspended through the end of March. We hope to reschedule cancelled events until a later date.
Wednesdays, Dinner: 6–6:30 p.m.; Forum: 6:45–8:15 p.m., Bloedel Hall
A variety of formation opportunities are offered on Wednesday nights at Saint Mark’s, also known as “Cathedral Commons.” Following the 5:30 p.m. evening Eucharist, a catered dinner is served in Bloedel Hall from 6–6:30 p.m. (Suggested donation: Adults $7, Children $5, max family $20.) Then, from 6:45–8:15 pm, an Adult Forum is held, on a variety of topics. See the complete schedule here.
At this time all Wednesday Forums (Cathedral Commons) have been suspended through the end of March. We hope to reschedule cancelled events until a later date.
Weekly Tuesday Bible Study
Tuesdays, lunch: 11:30 a.m.; Study: 12 p.m.–1:12 p.m., Bloedel Hall
Tuesday Bible Study provides a weekly conversation around the scripture readings for the following Sunday. The group meets from 12–1:15 pm in Bloedel Hall or in Leffler House Living Room through most of the year. Bring a brown-bag lunch and enjoy spirit-led fellowship and conversation Each week a discussion is facilitated and lively discussions ensue as people share their thoughts about the lessons. For more information, contact The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman.
At this time Tuesday Bible Study has been suspended through the end of March. We hope to reschedule cancelled events until a later date.
Second Sunday Cathedral Book Group
Second Sunday of odd-numbered months, 12:30 p.m.–1 p.m., Cathedral House Room 209
A lively book discussion group, sometimes led by special guests. Books are selected by members of the the group themselves. Recent selections have included The Overstory by Richard Powers, The Second Mountain by David Brooks, The Sword of the Lord by Saint Mark's member Andrew Himes, and Why Religion? by Elaine Pagels. All are welcome. Questions, contact: Pearl McElheran
The March meeting of the Cathedral Book Group has been cancelled through the end of March. The next meeting will be May 10, 2020.
The mission of the Wisdom School is to offer “a balanced path for spiritual transformation grounded in prayer and practice, drawing on the Christian contemplative tradition while respecting the diversity of experiences born from contemplative practices of other traditions.” The space for reasoned discourse, lifelong learning, and spiritual renewal is held sacred for all seekers, whether they worship at the cathedral or not. Wisdom School offerings sometimes occur during Wednesday night Cathedral Commons, along with regular contemplative offerings such as Centering Prayer and Cathedral Yoga, and special faith formation events. Read more here.
Some Wisdom School event have been postponed at this time. Visit the Wisdom School page to learn more.
Education for Ministry
Do you want to go deeper into your faith in an intense, ongoing way? Do you want to form lasting connections with others who also seek that connection? Consider registering for Education for Ministry (EfM) [external link]. EfM is a four-year program for lay people to study scripture, church history, and modern theology. Classes connect the material with church tradition, personal experiences, individual beliefs, and current events. EfM is a program of The School of Theology at Sewanee, and is The Episcopal Church’s most in-depth adult Christian education course.
Admission requires a solid commitment to attend the weekly seminars and spend between two and four hours in study and preparation weekly during the academic year (September–June). It is a four-year program, but students commit to one year at a time. Each class is limited to 12 people. EfM is also available online for students who are not able to attend the weekly seminars.
Three different classes meet weekly September to June at Saint Mark’s:
- Sundays, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
- Mondays, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
- Mondays, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Tuition, including books, is $375. Please inquire by contacting The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman or class mentors: Sunday evening: Penelope Jackson; Monday morning: Maria Coldwell; Monday evening: Tom Hayton.
The April launch date for the second offering of the Radix project has been postponed to a future date to be determined. You may still register to participate in the future! Stay tuned for further announcements.
OPENING PLENARY: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 6:45 p.m.
Small groups will begin meeting the week of April 19, and will run for six weeks, through the week of May 24.
CLOSING PLENARY: date tbd
In January we launched The Radix Project: Small Groups/Deep Roots. More than 150 people in 18 small groups met weekly for six weeks to share their stories, reflect on scripture, and pray for one another with intention. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, so we are going to do it again! The next opportunity to participate will be in the season of Easter. The deadline to register is April 3rd. Learn more and register online here.
Are you interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church? Maybe you are new to Christianity and curious about what makes this spiritual way of being in the world unique. If so, this series may be for you. Living the Questions is especially designed for newcomers and seekers and offers opportunities for you to make lasting connections within the community, share some of your own journey, and learn more about the faith and tradition of the Episcopal Church and the community life here at Saint Mark’s.
After completing the series, many people often decide to receive the sacrament of baptism or be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church on Cathedral Day. All are welcome, whatever your experience! Interested? Contact The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman, email@example.com.
At this time the current session of the Inquirers' Class has been postponed. We hope to reschedule cancelled events until a later date.
This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the future.
Creating Burning Bushes:
Supporting Faith at Home and on the Road
SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 12:45 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Bloedel Hall
Co-sponsored with Diocese of Olympia Children and Family Ministry
Join one of the most respected formation leaders in the Episcopal Church for lunch and learning together. Families are more often found on a sports field on Sunday mornings than in church, and home is the primary place where faith is nurtured and lived out. In today’s world parents and caregivers need all the support they can get, despite the overload of information. So how can we move beyond our reliance on a school approach and offer ways and tools to meet needs? How might we support families in creating an environment in which all generations are living out their baptismal promises in daily life without adding something new to what they are already doing? This interactive workshop will offer a variety of options for families to engage in faith practices amidst the busy-ness of their lives. Leave with creative ways for “burning bushes” to occur in the family car, during meals, and at celebrations in the lives of congregation.
Gathering Together to Grow Together
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 12:45 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Leffler Living Room
Are you longing for a deeper connection at Saint Mark’s? Have you wondered about spiritual disciplines and how to put those into practice in your daily life? Join us on Sunday, February 23, at 12:45 p.m. in Leffler Living Room, as the Spirited Women group gathers to talk about Lenten disciplines. We will explore the practice of praying with Anglican prayer beads, and then we will make sets to use this coming Lent. Wonder together how prayer practices connect us to each other and deepen our experiences of the seasons. A light lunch will be served. New in the fall of 2019, Spirited Women gathers occasionally throughout the year to talk about practices that help develop and nurture a healthy spirituality.