Saint Mark’s offers a variety of social and formation opportunities on Wednesday night. These offerings are known as the Cathedral Commons, since they provide a space in which the cathedral parish community can come together to share, learn, and grow.
At this time many of these offerings are presented as "hybrid" events, with a full experience available both to those gathered in person in Bloedel Hall, and to those joining from home online. Others are offered online via Zoom only. The shared community meal, served 6–6:30 p.m., will resume when the conditions allow.
UPDATE: Starting June 6, 2022 (the week following Pentecost) there will be a change to the schedule of Daily Evening Prayer in order to better integrate with Wednesday Cathedral Commons and other weekday offerings. The in-person Evening Prayer offering will move to Wednesday rather than Tuesday, and all Evening Prayer services, in person or online, will move to 6 p.m. rather than 6:30. The Zoom link will remain the same (find it here). Please contact Michael Seewer with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPCOMING WEDNESDAY OFFERINGS
Please note: Schedule subject to change.
THREE WEDNESDAYS: JUNE 22, JULY 27, and AUGUST 24, 5 P.M.–8 P.M., in Bloedel Hall and throughout the cathedral grounds. Registration requested. Fee: $10 in advance; $12 at the door.
The Return of Eat, Play, Love!—This Year's Theme: The Water of Life
First offered in the summer of 2019, Eat, Play Love (Not Your Average Bible Study) is an opportunity for all ages to share a meal, learn, explore, and have fun together at the cathedral. Now this offering returns for 2022!
Take a night off cooking and enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by our own Chef Marc Aubertin, then participate in a variety of creative and reflective activities, including the option to attend in-person Evening Prayer 6–6:30 p.m. The evenings end with a brief service of Compline in the Cathedral Nave.
This year, we will explore the theme "Water of Life" through three scripture stories (Creation, the Baptism of Christ, and The Woman at the Well) and respond to them creatively through activities such as music, art, and science. We'll also dive into justice-seeking as it relates to clean water and water access, both locally and globally.
Eat, Play, Love will be offered over three non-consecutive Wednesday evenings (June 22, July 27, and August 24) from 5 to 8 p.m. Fee, when paid in advance: $10 per person/per night, maximum of $90 per family. Inability to pay should not be a barrier to participation; email Canon Barrie for a scholarship: email@example.com
PAST WEEKDAY OFFERINGS
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 6:45–8:15 P.M., via Zoom only.
EfM Informational Session
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). There will be an informational forum plus Q&A about the EfM program on Wednesday, June 8, 6:45-8pm, via Zoom. EfM is a four-year program for lay people to study scripture, church history, and modern theology. It is a four-year program, but students commit to one year at a time. Each class is limited to 12 people.
Three different classes meet weekly September-June at Saint Mark's:
Sundays, 6:30–8:30 p.m.; Mondays, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; and Mondays, 6–8 p.m. Tuition is $325, plus the cost of textbooks. (UPDATE: The Sunday Evening group is coming to an end and will not resume in the fall)
If you’re interested in joining a class in the fall, please attend the forum on June 8, or contact one of the mentors: Monday morning: Maria Coldwell; Monday evening: Tom Hayton.
UPDATE: A complete video is now available here.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 9:30 A.M.–2:30 P.M. [NOTE MORNING TIME], Bloedel Hall and online via Zoom
Starting Over in Prayer with Fr. Martin L. Smith
These difficult COVID years have left many of us in need of a “reboot” in our prayer. Join us for a time of reflection, prayer, and discussion, about being emotionally honest with God just now, and open again to more real intimacy with God. Fr. Martin L. Smith is well known throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond for his roving ministry of spiritual formation in retreats and workshops, and as the author of widely read books exploring contemporary spirituality, including The Word is Very Near You, A Season for the Spirit, Reconciliation, Compass and Stars, and Love Set Free. He is based in Washington DC. This workshop is free, but registration is required.
UPDATE: A complete video is now available here.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person only, outdoors on the cathedral grounds
Rev. Stahlecker, Canon Rosario-Cruz, and Canon Barrie will lead this intergenerational, prayerful exploration of the tradition of Rogation days, an ancient practice of blessing and giving thanks for the earth which sustains us.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 6:45–8:15 P.M., online via Zoom only
We are living in a moment of great cultural and spiritual change. At times it can feel like there are countless factors working against us to add stress to our lives. Yet, in our spiritual traditions we have a great wellspring of practices that can ground us in the Holy Sprit if we turn to them. In this presentation, The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining, Saint Mark’s 2022 Theologian in Residence, will invite us to explore some of these practices—new and old—that can bring wisdom and joy to our souls. In preparation for this event, participants are invited to read this article by Willigis Jäger from his classic work, “Search for the Meaning of Life.”
Participants in the March forums with Dr. Raining said, “She is an engaging teacher, warm, and accessible” and “she shares vital information for personal healing that then translates into community healing.” Contact Canon Daugherty at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
UPDATE: A complete video may now be seen here.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 6:45-8:15 P.M., online via Zoom only
Made in Faith: Clothing and Sustainability
Join Creation Care for a special forum featuring parishioner Clara Berg, fashion historian and curator, and Richard Hartung, sustainable writer/blogger to discuss connections between clothing, the environment and our faith.
We'll share ways to buy less, choose well and make clothes last.
UPDATE: Slides and a complete video are now available here.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 6:45–8:15 P.M., online via Zoom ONLY; registration required
Liturgical Ministers Training & Forum
You are invited! The next Liturgical Minister Training will be on Wednesday evening, May 4. We are offering this training for the first time at a Wednesday Evening Forum, and it will be online only via Zoom so that as many people as possible can attend. The format will be abridged from Liturgical Minister Trainings in past, as follows:
- 6:45-7:30: Plenary and Theological Reflection led by Dean Thomason
- 7:30-8:15: Breakouts by Liturgical Ministry, led by ministry leaders
All Liturgical Ministers, or those interested in joining a new ministry, are invited to attend. The goal is that everyone active in Liturgical Ministries attend one of these trainings at least every three years, so if you haven't attended one in a while, please join us! The next training will be offered again after Labor Day. Please contact sacristan Michael Seewer if you have any questions: email@example.com
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 6:45–8:15 P.M., online only.
Forum on the Psalms
Please join Canon for Cathedral Music Michael Kleinschmidt and Canon for Intergenerational Ministries Wendy Claire Barrie for learning and conversation about the psalms—how and why we read, chant, and sing them.
After an outline of the history and structure of the Book of Psalms itself, Canon Barrie will explore why we read these ancient Jewish poems and how we understand and pray them in our Christian context today. Then Canon Kleinschmidt will present the various different ways that psalms are given breath and life in our worship tradition. Where does our tradition of "plainchant" come from? How does "Anglican chant" work? What exactly is a "metrical paraphrase"? What's special about the Peter Hallock psalm settings we sing so often?
This is a great way to prepare for the upcoming PSALMATHON! with the Evensong Choir (Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the cathedral nave).
UPDATE: A complete video is now available here.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in Bloedel Hall and via Zoom
Join Zeiad Shamrouch, Executive Director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance, as he discusses MECA’s Maia project, which is supported by Bishop Rickel and the Diocese of Olympia. The Maia Project began in 2007 when the Student Parliament at the UN Boys’ School in Bureij Refugee Camp, Gaza were given the opportunity to choose one thing they most wanted for their school: They chose to have clean drinking water. The reason: 95% of Gaza’s water is unfit for human consumption. Since then The Maia Project has completed 73 water purification and desalinization projects, bringing clean water to 90,000 children in Gaza. The Middle East Children’s Alliance is a nonprofit organization working for the rights and the well-being of children in the Middle East.
TWO WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 23 & 30, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in Bloedel Hall and via Zoom
A Forum with The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker
TWO WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 23 & 30, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom
Over the course of this two-week series, Rev. Linzi will explore embodiment as a way to come to know and love ourselves, each other, and God more fully; discussing together why this is essential for the mission of the Church. Drawing from interdisciplinary thinkers, Scripture, and spiritual practice, Rev. Linzi will frame this series in her own life experience, participants are encouraged to notice parallels and differences from their own social location and life story.
Rev. Linzi hopes you will join her in Bloedel Hall—the series will be hybrid and you are also welcome to join via Zoom. Register for the Zoom meeting here.
UPDATE: Video and slides from Parts 1 and 2 are now available here.
TWO WEDNESDAYS, MARCH 9 & 16, 2022, 6:45–8:15 P.M., via Zoom only, registration required.
In the last few years, scientists have discovered what indigenous communities have known for countless generations: that the emotional and physical lives of our ancestors will fundamentally affect our emotional and physical lives as well. Yet, this concept of generational spirituality is underexplored in our faith communities. In this two part series, The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining, Saint Mark’s 2022 Theologian in Residence, will explore the role of our ancestors in shaping our lives as well as how we might help heal ourselves and others. Join us for a combination of scholarship and experience in community! Participants are invited to read Rev. Raining’s article on spiritual inheritance and gratitude here. Learn more about Rev. Raining here.
UPDATE: Videos of both sessions can now be found here, along with slides and additional materials.
TWO WEDNESDAYS, FEBRUARY 16 & 23, 2022, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in Bloedel Hall and via Zoom.
Join Canon Daugherty over the course of two Wednesday evenings to explore the riches of creation-based spirituality in the Celtic tradition. She’ll share some of what she learned while on sabbatical in Ireland and Iona, and we’ll practice rhythms of embodied prayer and openness to daily encounters with the holy.
UPDATE: The complete videos, slides, handouts, and bibliography from this offering are now posted here.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2022, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in Bloedel Hall and via Zoom.
The Book of Common Prayer
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) shapes how we worship, what we believe, and how we see the world and ourselves in the Episcopal tradition. It is designed to shape our very lives in rich ways. Join us for a community discussion as we explore its content and discuss how we incorporate it into our spiritual lives. A physical copy of the BCP or a free online version are not needed to attend but could be helpful to have available. Join in person at Bloedel Hall or via Zoom.
TWO WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY 19 & 26, 2022, 6:45–8:15 P.M., online via Zoom only.
The season of Epiphany is a time of unveiling, light, and revelation. On Wednesdays, January 19 & 26, we will gather in the spirit of the Magi following the bright star, exploring and celebrating 9 dimensions of culture. The Rev. Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz will facilitate our conversation.
On Wednesday, January 19, we will explore the following dimensions of culture: Power Distance, Uncertainty Avoidance, In-Group Collectivism, Institutional Collectivism
On Wednesday, January 26, we will explore the following dimensions of culture: Gender Egalitarianism, Assertiveness, Performance Orientation, Future Orientation, Humane Orientation
UPDATE: A video of part 2 of this offering is now available here.
(Part 1 was inadvertently not recorded.)
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2022, 6:45–8:15 P.M., in the cathedral nave and Bloedel Hall. Some portions of the evening will be livestreamed.
Twelfth Night Celebration and Burning of the Greens
In our tradition, the celebration of the Feast of Christmas lasts twelve days, beginning December 25 and ending on January 5 (that is, the day before the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6). The evening of the last day of Christmas is known as “Twelfth Night,” and is an opportunity for festivity and reflection. Come together in the cathedral nave on January 5 for a brief rite to bid farewell to Christmastide and to usher in the Season of Epiphany. Then, we’ll have a bonfire of the Christmas greens in the lower parking lot, followed by hot drinks and festive snacks for all.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2021, 6:45 P.M.–8:15 P.M, Bloedel Hall and via Zoom
“We will work to adopt an intersectional approach in all aspects of our common life, remembering that all forms of oppression are connected. We look to educate ourselves, and share with others, the many places where our privilege blinds us from being compassionate to others.” —from Saint Mark's Statement of Lament and Commitment to Action
“Intersectionality is a lens through which you can see where power comes and collides, where it interlocks and intersects. It’s not simply that there’s a race problem here, a gender problem here, and a class or LBGTQ problem there. Many times that framework erases what happens to people who are subject to all of these things.” —Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw
Join Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz Wednesday evening for a conversational presentation about Intersectionality and its importance in our congregational life and ministries in the world.
VIDEO AND MATERIALS FROM THIS FORUM IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021, 6:45 P.M.–8:15 P.M, online via Zoom only
For two weeks in November many of us sat on edge of chairs following updates from the twenty-sixth Conference of the Parties (COP26), more commonly known as simply the climate summit. As it ended, many felt disappointed that our high hopes for an ambitious global plan of action were not fully realized. What happened? Where do we go from here? Please join us for a discussion with Lisa Graumlich who will reflect on her long-time engagement with climate change as well as her recent experience as a COP26 delegate on behalf of the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, participating virtually.
Saint Mark’s parishioner Dave Menz and Grace Episcopal parishioner John Kydd will also be sharing a few insights and photos about their experiences of being in Glasgow among the crowds.
VIDEO AND MATERIALS FROM THIS FORUM ARE NOW AVAILABLE HERE.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2021, 6:30–8 P.M. (rescheduled), in Bloedel Hall and via Zoom
Earlier this year the Vestry unanimously adopted the Statement of Lament and Commitment to Action as a guide for our important work as individuals and community as we strive for justice and peace and respect for every human being. It is a substantial document with a broad range of statements leading to actionable ways we are called to live and act in the world. In the special parish forum, to which all are invited and encouraged to attend, we will reflect together, unpack the document, and break into groups which will focus on specific areas of work including
- Addressing Homeless and Hunger in Seattle,
- Cathedral innovations for Reparations,
- Racial Justice and Healing,
- Global Justice ministries,
- Immigration Ministries, and
- Networking with Affiliate Partners in Ministry.
A COMPLETE VIDEO OF THIS EVENT IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2021, 6:45–8:15 P.M, via Zoom only
A Report from El Salvador by Elizabeth Hawkins
Community member Elizabeth Hawkins has been living and working in San Salvador since 2019. A former immigration attorney, she travelled to El Salvador to research the complex factors that lead people to attempt to emigrate to the United States. Learn more about Elizabeth here. Dean Thomason and Canon Rosario-Cruz will facilitate the discussion.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2021, 6:45 P.M.–8:15 P.M., Bloedel Hall and via Zoom
Drawing on art, poetry, science, and theology, including writings of the mystics, we explore desire as a deeply-seated (and perhaps divinely hard-wired) spiritual gift that enables us to engage the Other in life-giving union while also reflecting on ways we fall prey to false attachments meant to fill the spiritual whole that only God can fill.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021, 7 P.M. via Zoom only
The recent IPCC report shows that heating from humans has caused irreparable damage to Earth that could worsen in the years to come. Come learn about causes, potential impacts and response options while reflecting how we may find hope in our collective efforts for change. Saint Mark’s parishioner and American Geophysical Union president-elect Lisa Graumlich will lead us in making sense of these findings and explore how we may move forward with this information.
A complete video recording and resources from this event are now available here.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 6:30–8 p.m., via Zoom
Community Conversation on the Formation Consultant’s Report
In May and early June of this year, we held several Listening Groups with our Formation Consultant, Jamie Martin Currie, who captured a great deal of information and insights from these groups and the parish survey (which had more than 200 providing input). Thanks to all who participated. The report delivered in late June has a great deal of information and several recommendations which we have embraced, and all in the Saint Mark’s community are invited to participate in a follow-up conversation about the report.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2021, 7–8:30 P.M., via Zoom
The Doctrine of Discovery: The Episcopal Church, Indigenous Peoples, and the Necessity of Decolonizing Christianity
A Presentation and Discussion with The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton
Saint Mark’s welcomes The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, who is Shackan First Nation, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Everett, and Coordinator of Ethnic Ministries Circles of Color.
The Doctrine of Discovery historically informed the legal premise for justifying the forces of colonialism, including the enslavement of African and Asian peoples as well as the oppression and genocide of indigenous peoples. Rev. Taber-Hamilton will share the historical development of the Doctrine of Discovery, the historical role of the Church, and real-world contemporary examples of its continuing impact. The Doctrine of Discovery remains embedded in the legal policies of the U.S. and colonized nations throughout the world, policies that maintain the theological, political, and legal justification for continued neo-colonialism, including the seizure of land, genocide, oppression, and racism.
The Episcopal Church National Convention in 2009 formally renounced the doctrine and urged dioceses’ reflection and action. Come learn how allies can help deconstruct the effects of the Doctrine of Discovery as a social force in our Church, in our nation, and in our world.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021, 7 P.M., via Zoom
Pilgrimage into Celtic Spirituality
Facilitated by Dean Steve Thomason
Join Dean Thomason and others for an evening of reflecting on our Celtic heritage, and the ways Celtic spirituality innervates our communal life and worship even still. The pilgrimage to Iona and the Celtic missions of northern England and Scotland has been postponed till summer 2022, but pilgrimage involves prayer and preparation, and an openness to be changed by the experiences that unfold near and far from the place we call home. All are welcome. Join using this Zoom link.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2021, 7 p.m. via Zoom
Facilitated by Dean Steve Thomason
In a nod to the late Alex Trebec, Dean Thomason will host a fun evening of trivial pursuit “Jeopardy-style.” Categories include Cathedral History, Music and the Arts, Deans and Canons, Know your Staff, and Pot Pouri. Everyone can play along at home, but the Dean invites individuals to volunteer to be audible participants in teams. To volunteer, email Dean Thomason at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome. Join using this Zoom link.
Please note: The Wisdom School presentation By Dean Thomason originally announced for Wednesday, January 13, will be offered at a later date, TBA.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2020, 7–8:00 P.M.
Post-Election Book Discussion:
Love Is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times - Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s New Book!
Let’s gather after the election and talk about hope for the future in a real, Jesus-centered way! As the descendant of slaves and the son of a civil rights activist, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's life illustrates massive changes in our times. In his new book, he uses the prism of his faith, ancestry, and personal journey to show us how America came this far and how to go a whole lot further. The way of love is essential for addressing the seemingly insurmountable challenges facing this nation today: poverty, racism, selfishness, deep ideological divisions, competing claims to speak for God. Let’s get some love going and talk about the PB’s charge and challenge together! If you’d like to hear more about the book, read here. Registration required here.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2020
Watch Party and Discussion of Documentary “13th”
5:30 P.M. • MOVIE WATCH PARTY OVER ZOOM
7:15 – 8:15 P.M. POST-FILM DISCUSSION OVER ZOOM
Gather together online to watch and then discuss the profound documentary “13th,” filmmaker Ava DuVernay’s exploration of the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the mass incarceration of African Americans. Scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the history of criminalization of African Americans and the intersection of race, justice, and the prison-industrial complex. If you’ve already watched the documentary, join us later at 7:15 – 8:15 on Zoom for a discussion of what this means for us, and what our responsibility is to work to change this system. Registration for both movie and discussion are the same, and are required here. Want to know more? Great article in The Atlantic here, and Ava DuVernay discusses the film with Oprah here.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2020
The Role of Surprise in the Spiritual Journey
SEPTEMBER 16 & 23, 2020
7–8:30 P.M., via Zoom
WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020, 7 p.m., via Zoom
“Today Was A Good Day” — Watch Party with Director David Wild
Join with the broad Saint Mark’s community for a watch party of parishioner David Wild’s documentary film, Today Was A Good Day. This 40-minute film offers different perspectives on the day-to-day life of a caregiver, as seen through the eyes of three Southeastern Michigan residents who have taken on the many roles and responsibilities of caring for an aging parent. Afterwards, we’ll have a chance to hear David reflect on the film and discuss the caregiver experience, including for those with dementia. Register using the link below. Watch the trailer here. Contact Canon Daugherty with questions: email@example.com.
OPENING PLENARY: WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2020, 7–8:30 P.M.
SERIES: FOUR WEDNESDAYS, JULY 15 & 29, and AUGUST 12 & 26, 2020, 7 P.M
Taking Up Our Responsibility for Racial Justice (Online)
Registration for this offering is now closed. However, you are invited to visit this page to view the video of the plenary presentation, and follow along using the syllabus.
At this critical moment in our nation’s and community’s history, we are confronted again with fresh knowledge of longstanding racial injustice – in policing, the justice system, health care, housing, education, the Church, and many other sectors of our common life. Our faith community is grappling with important questions – what do I need to learn? How should I and our church respond? We will undertake a four-week study and discussion series to confront racism—its theology, history, and presence in our lives today—and ways to move forward toward justice. The series is open to all, recognizing the responsibility for change falls on white people. A plenary session with Dean Thomason to learn more about the series was offered on July 1, 7-8:30 p.m. See video of this event below. The in-depth series follows on four Wednesday nights (July 15 and 29, August 12 and 26) and will require advance registration and a commitment to attend all sessions and read/watch articles and videos in advance. More details to come soon, but you can get started by reading Ijeoma Oluo’s book, So You Want to Talk About Race. For questions or more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
JUNE 24, 2020, 7 P.M.
Celebrating the Seattle Service Corps
As an eventful year ends for the current cohort of Seattle Service Corps members, let’s gather on Zoom to bless them and send them forth from this place that has been their home for the past 11 months. The members will reflect on their year here and share plans for the next chapter of their lives. Contact Service Corps Director Adam Conley with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUNE 10, 2020
Is EfM for me?
7–8:30 P.M., via Zoom
If you have attended Saint Mark’s for some time, you have probably heard about Education for Ministry many times—especially this time of year when registration for the upcoming session is open. If you are new to Saint Mark’s, you might be hearing about EfM for the first time. But what it is really like to participate in an EfM class? What sort of work is required? What happens at the class meetings? Are there exams??? Please consider attending a Zoom forum on Wednesday evening, June 10, to learn all about what EfM is… and what it isn’t!
MAY 27, 2020
Live Online Talent Show Starring the Children and Families of Saint Mark’s
7–8:30 P.M., via Zoom
A Talent Show organized by the Saint Mark’s Cathedral Choir School and Children & Family Ministries will be presented online, Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. Our families will present their acts LIVE via a live Zoom webinar, and simultaneously in the cathedral’s private Facebook group. Tune in to celebrate our community and to be amazed by the talented young people of the cathedral! Register to watch the Zoom broadcast at this link. Contact Rebekah Gilmore at email@example.com for more information.