A variety of formation opportunities are offered on Wednesday nights at Saint Mark’s, also known as “Cathedral Commons.”

All are welcome to participate in any or all of the following:

5:30–6 p.m.  •  Evening Eucharist
The Holy Eucharist with Service of Light, a brief liturgy adapted from the Iona Rite, in Thomsen Chapel. At the same time, a brief formation program called Wednesday Wonderings is offered for children age 4 to 8 in the classrooms of the St. Nicholas Building. 

6–6:30 p.m.  •  Parish Supper
A catered dinner is served (suggested donation: Adults $7, Children $5, max family $20) in Bloedel Hall.

6:45–8:15 p.m.  •  Adult Faith Formation 
A lecture, presentation, workshop, or other event is offered, on a variety of topics.

From 4 to 5:30 p.m. the Youth Room is open to youth grades 6–12 for unstructured fellowship. During the Evening Eucharist from 5:30–6 p.m., a formation program called Wednesday Wonderings is offered for children age 4 to 8 in the classrooms in the St. Nicholas building.

FALL 2019 CATHEDRAL COMMONS SCHEDULE


December 11, 2019

Prepare the Way!
Practicing the Way of Advent,
including Christmas gift making for Seafarers

Advent is about waiting. It is also about preparing. But what are we preparing for and why? What do our sacred companions in scripture tell us about what it means to get ready? Join us as we explore these questions through scripture and then practice getting something ready. That something will include preparing Christmas gifts that will be given out to merchant seafarers the during the Christmas season. How might our preparation also be an act of incarnation?


December 18, 2019 –  NO FORUM


December 25, 2019 –  CHRISTMAS; NO FORUM


January 1, 2020 –  NEW YEAR'S DAY; NO FORUM


January 8, 15 & 22, 2020

Gathering in Community

Small groups. Description TBA.


Video, slides, and resources from Cathedral Commons events from previous seasons are archived here.



PAST FORUMS FROM THIS SEASON'S OFFERINGS

September 11, 18, & 25, 2019

The Art of Forgiveness

Facilitated by Dean Thomason. Presented by The Wisdom School at Saint Marks.
We all know what it is to be betrayed in life, and to face the deep pain and mistrust that follow, often distorting the shape of our lives forever. Forgiveness is not forgetting or pretending the betrayal did not happen. Why is forgiving so difficult...and reconciliation often even harder? Why does Jesus call us to forgive, and how can it be life-giving? In this series, we will explore forgiveness as a spiritual practice guided by the Wisdom literature of our Judeo-Christian tradition and other religions, while also exploring the works of modern theologians and psychologists as we seek to engage in this work and its healing balm in our lives. Video and material from this event may be found here.


October 2, 2019

A Sanctuary Story

Put the October 2 Cathedral Commons on your calendar, for a special evening to sit down together and hear a personal story of sanctuary.

UPDATE: a complete video of this event may be seen on the cathedral's Sanctuary Ministry page.


October 9, 2019

1-to-1's: Getting to the Heart of the Matter [POSTPONED]

Facilitated by Joey Ager, Church Council of Greater Seattle

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, THIS PRESENTATION HAS BEEN POSTPONED, AND WILL OCCUR ON A LATER DATE TBD.

What are the basic building blocks of human relationships? How do people move beyond the surface to discover what stirs the heart of another person? How does that translate into faithful action? Join Joey Ager, Lead Organizer for the Church Council of Greater Seattle, as he shares a fresh perspective on human relationships and engagement. Joey says the heart of organizing is about discovering deep concerns in the lives of those we encounter. From that starting point, people then discover what commonalities exist among them, and how they can translate those into transformative action. For Joey, this kind of organizing is also theological. It is the way God meets and gathers us as God's people in the world. Come and discover how to practice getting to the heart of the matter. Joey is a native of Scotland, is trained as an organizer with mostly Spanish-speaking Catholic communities, holds a degree in Theology from Oxford University, and writes about the relationship between faith and global humanitarianism.


October 16, 2019

A Conversation with Mary’s Place CEO Marty Hartman

Facilitated by The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman and Lynne Cobb 
For several years, Saint Mark’s has partnered with Mary’s Place during the Cathedral’s alternative Christmas giving project. Join us as Mary’s Place CEO Marty Hartman shares her passion for serving homeless neighbors and how partnerships like the one with Saint Mark’s not only make a difference in the lives of families throughout King County but also serve as a form of advocacy on behalf of those seeking stable and safe housing. For the past 19 years, Marty has worked with homeless families in King County, developing programs to meet the needs of vulnerable women, families and children. Marty has been married for 30 years, raised four children and has a wealth of volunteer experience with PTA, Girl Scouts, children and youth ministry and women’s shelters.


October 23, 2019

A Conversation about Strategic Planning

Facilitated by Lynne Markova, Julia Logan, and the Saint Mark’s Strategic Planning Team
Join members of the Vestry and the Strategic Planning Committee to discuss the current state of the cathedral community and help shape the next three-year strategic plan. This is a chance to have your voice heard and shape the future priorities of the parish. All members of the community are welcome. (Note: there will be a similar Strategic Planning discussion at the Sunday Forum on October 27.)


October 30, 2019

Homelessness and Affordable Housing by the Numbers: A Conversation with Rogers Weed

Facilitated by Joey Ager and Rogers Weed
Join Rogers Weed as he discusses the latest data highlighting the crisis in affordable housing and its impact on homelessness in King County. Rogers will share the latest results and trends from McKinsey and Company (known as “The McKinsey Report”). McKinsey uses data from a variety of governmental and NGO sources to look at possible causes of the region’s housing crunch. The is the first major update to the report since it was first published in 2017.

Rogers chairs the board of Building Changes which works on homelessness in Washington State. He also is angel invests in CleanTech companies. From 2009 until 2013, he served in Governor Chris Gregoire’s cabinet as Director of the Department of Commerce for Washington State. Prior to that he worked at Microsoft Corporation for sixteen years in a variety of business and general management roles. Rogers received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Duke University and his MBA from The Wharton School.


November 6, 2019

Sanctuary at Saint Mark’s welcomes Casa Latina Mujeres Sin Fronteras

The mighty Mujeres Sin Fronteras (Women Without Borders) group from Casa Latina comes to Saint Mark’s to share their inspiring personal stories, and their work and successes in rights and safety for domestic workers. Saint Mark’s is so grateful to be in relationship with Casa Latina, and to hear first-hand how our Latinx neighbors are making a difference in the community in the midst of these fraught times. We make a difference when we know each other face to face!


November 20, 2019

Special Parish Gathering: Holding Loss and Remembrance and Hope in Our Community, with Dean Steve Thomason and Canon Cristi Chapman

It is November. The days get darker, we commemorate All Souls, we feel the holiday season approaching…and we ache for loved ones we no longer see. The Saint Mark’s community has lost several beloved members in recent months, and many of us have lost dear ones in our lives, both recently and in the past. Come together in community with the Dean and Canon Chapman on November 20 to name the losses that are on our hearts at this time, share our stories, and make ritual around this journey, including music led by Canon Kleinschmidt and Choir School Director Rebekah Gilmore. None of us is alone, and honoring our stories and our love and our loss is a sacred way to hold each other in hope and light as Christ’s people.


December 4, 2019

Enneagram 101: A Primer and Refresher 

Facilitated by Dean Steve Thomason. Presented by The Wisdom School at Saint Mark's.
The Enneagram is a holistic personality typing system composed of nine distinct types each of which serves as a lens through which a person views the world and approaches human interactions and development. The Enneagram is also a helpful tool for those who seek deeper spiritual growth and self-awareness. During this one night session, participants will learn about the basic personality types, how each type develops over time, and how people interact with others who have similar and different types.

This session is designed for people who are new to the Enneagram or who would like a refresher on some of the basic ideas of this typology. While no prior experience with the Enneagram is necessary, participants are encouraged to know their type before the class. For more information, go to enneagraminstitute.com or purchase the enneagram primer The Essential Enneagram by David Daniels and Virginia Price. More information, resources, and video about this event may be found here.

This event serves as useful (though not required) preparation for The Enneagram Instinctual Subtypes that Fuel Our Behavior, a two-day Wisdom School event at Saint Mark's on January 10 & 11, 2020, presented by certified Enneagram instructor Sarah Walston.