Winter 2019 Cathedral Commons

Join us on Wednesday evenings for food, fellowship, and faith formation. This weekly offering is designed to make space for community gathering and spiritual growth during the week.

6–6:45 p.m. Catered dinner in Bloedel Hall (Adults $7, Children $5, Max Family $20)
6:45–8 p.m. Adult Faith Formation Opportunity (In Bloedel Hall unless otherwise noted)


The Process of Forgiveness

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 6:45–8:15 p.m.

Facilitated by Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

(Part of the series "Practically Speaking: Life Practices for Faithful Living" offered  February 20, April 10 & May 8.) For Christians, Jesus’ commandment to forgive is right up there with loving God and our neighbor.  But forgiveness can be elusive and sometimes can feel impossible. What is it anyway? And how do we move toward forgiving our friends, enemies and even ourselves?  Come join Canon Daugherty in exploring forgiveness and practical ways to heal our relationships


Let Your Life Speak: Why Everyone Should Plan Their Own Funeral

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 6:45–8:15 p.m.

Facilitated by Dean Thomason and Cathedral Clergy

Why do we have funerals? Are they for the deceased or those left behind? Why should you plan your own funeral? Dean Thomason and the Cathedral Clergy will address such questions, and facilitate a hands-on look at the theological underpinnings of the burial liturgies and how you make decisions regarding your own funeral plans, offering that work as a gift to your loved ones. Clergy will also talk about documenting that plan and how regularly reviewing that plan can become an important spiritual practice.


The Invitation to Wisdom and Grace

WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 13, 20 & 27, 2019, 6:45–8:15 p.m.

Facilitated by Dean Thomason

The spiritual journey has been described as a process or cycle of Order—Disorder—Reorder. There is Wisdom to be gleaned in all three stages, but we often stall or get trapped in the first phase (conservative) or second stage (liberal), and our understanding of God inclines to tribal, idolatrous and self-serving features. For those willing to press on and live into the Reordering of life, the journey unfolds into engagements with God’s true character of mercy, justice and love, which is experienced as grace.


Healthy Attachment and When to Let Go

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 6:45–8:15 p.m.

Facilitated by Canon Nancy Ross and Rev. Cristi Chapman

An entry in the occasional series "Practically Speaking: Life Practices for Faithful Living" offered February 20, April 10 & May 8.) More details to come!


What is Faith?

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 6:45–8:15 p.m.

Facilitated by Cathedral Clergy

An entry in the occasional series "Practically Speaking: Life Practices for Faithful Living" offered February 20, April 10 & May 8.) More details to come!



Past Cathedral Commons offerings this season

Special Conversation about Border Ministry, Immigration, and Asylum

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 6:45–8:15 P.M.

Facilitated by The Very Rev. Steven Thomason and The Rev. Canon Nancy Ross
Join Dean Thomason and Canon Nancy Ross who will offer reflections on their recent trip to the U.S.-Mexican border as we consider a collaborative project in support of refugees and immigrants, on the border and here in the Seattle region. Those present will be invited into conversation as we envision this potential ministry together. All are welcome; please encourage others to join you who may be interested. For more background, read Dean Thomason’s blog from the trip here.


Practicing Gratitude as the Gift of Life

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2019, 6:45–8:15 P.M.

Facilitated by Dean Thomason

Brene Brown says: "Today we live in a culture of scarcity; a culture of "never enough." It is a vortex of endless insufficiency. There is another way. The antidote is practicing gratitude, not as a whimsical emotion, but as the deep well of true life available to us all. We were created to discover this! How do we tap gratefulness in meaningful ways, and how does gratefulness color all of life? Dean Thomason will offer reflections on such questions, and invite those present into conversation.


A Growing Urgency: Advancing Technologies and their Ethical Challenges


Facilitiated by Joe Caggiano and Cristi Chapman

No force is more powerful than technology in shaping the world in which we live. Data-driven social media, predictive behavioral algorithms, gene manipulation, and climate focused engineering interventions are a few of the rapidly-advancing technologies that impact our lives. How can we engage in this rapidly changing environment, particularly when technological development and decision-making often lie beyond the scope of daily experience? This two week series provide some introductory background and then explore new ways people might engage in decisions about technology; whether the Church’s role in social justice or environmental activism is a precedent for deeper influence on emerging technologies; and what it means to be a moral agent, rather than passive recipient, in the face of relentlessly advancing technologies.

Video and resources

Video and resources from past forums are available on the Cathedral Commons - Video & Resources page.