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."


Ongoing programming

Sunday Morning Forums

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.

Cathedral Commons
(Wednesday Evening Forum)

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.

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.

Second Sunday Cathedral Book Club

Second Sunday of odd-numbered months, 12:30 p.m.–1 p.m., Cathedral House Room 209
Meets second Sunday of odd numbered months. Discussion of the book chosen at the prior meeting. 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.
CONTACT: Pearl McElheran

Bible Study for Parents

First Sunday of the month, 5–6 p.m., Leffler House Living Room*
On the first Sunday of the month, immediately following Choral Evensong, join fellow parents as we explore the sacred stories of the Bible, what they meant to the early communities who heard them, and what those same stories mean for us today. A potluck dinner will be served, and childcare will be available. (*Note: the meeting on October 6 will occur in the Carriage House.)
CONTACT: Kelly Moody or The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman

The Wisdom School

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.


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.

Special Events

Inquirers' Class

Next class: Saturday, September 28, 2019, & Saturday, October 5, 2019, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bloedel Hall (light lunch included)
All are welcome to come to these classes that cover the basics of the Christian faith through the Episcopal/Anglican lens. Following these classes, many decide they want to become an Episcopalian through confirmation or reception into the church. Some who attend are experiencing a revival of the soul and may desire to reaffirm their baptismal vows. The Inquirers’ Class consists of a series of 2–4 meetings, usually on consecutive Saturdays. Classes are taught by a variety of cathedral clergy and community members. It is usually offered once in the spring and once in the fall.
CONTACT: The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman.

Liturgical Living:
Learning to Dance with God in Every Place

A workshop on faith at home facilitated by author and artist Gertrud Mueller Nelson.

Friday evening, November 1, 2019, 6–8 p.m., Bloedel Hall; and Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Skinner Auditorium
Come join us as Gertrud Mueller Nelson shares her understanding of how we might “dance with God” in our simple daily cycles, in the cycles of the church year, and in the sacred celebration that is our very life, from birth to our final transition to eternity. Co-sponsored by the Wisdom School at Saint Mark's, the Diocese of Olympia and Saint Mark’s Children & Family Ministries. Program is free with required registration Friday and Saturday. Community dinner at 6 p.m. Friday with free-will offering. Learn more here.