In normal times, Saint Mark’s would offer a variety of social and formation opportunities on Wednesday night, including a special evening Eucharist, a delicious dinner, youth group meeting, and a forum or presentation on a variety of topics. These offerings are known as the "Cathedral Commons," since they provide a space in which the cathedral parish can come together to share, learn, and grow.

During the cathedral closure, these offerings have been reimagined as virtual gatherings online via Zoom and other platforms, offered on Wednesdays and on other days. Contact nross@saintmarks.org with any questions.

UPCOMING WEEKDAY ONLINE OFFERINGS

Check back for more weekday offerings to be announced.

 


RECENT WEEKDAY ONLINE OFFERINGS

The Doctrine of Discovery: The Episcopal Church, Indigenous Peoples, and the Necessity of Decolonizing Christianity

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 7–8:30 P.M., via Zoom

A Presentation and Discussion with The Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton

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, 7 pm., 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

Cathedral Jeopardy!

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 sthomason@saintmarks.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, 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

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

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 7-8:30 P.M., via Zoom
Dean Thomason will offer some theological reflections on the element of surprise in scripture and in our lives. We’ve had a lot of surprises this year, good and bad! How do we understand them in light of the spiritual journey? (Note: this forum serves as opening plenary for the Radix Project, but all are welcome to attend.)
Video of this offering is available on the Radix Project page, here.

SEPTEMBER 16 & 23, 2020

Wonder in Creation: A Two-Week Series of Spiritual Practice in Creation 

7–8:30 P.M., via Zoom

How do you experience God in everyday life? How might your daily living itself be and become a spiritual practice? The Creation Care and Faith Formation ministries will jointly host a two-week series in September to explore how spiritual practices outside bring opportunities to encounter presence, connection and reflection. Each evening, a panel from Saint Mark's will reflect on their own experiences, and you will have time to share your own. We'll also introduce tangible ways to share in active spiritual practices and reflect on how they may nurture reflection and faith in our response. Join us to "Celebrate the Harvest" on 9/16 and to practice "Mindful Steps" on 9/23.
Video of these events may be viewed here.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 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: jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org.


OPENING PLENARY: WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 7–8:30 P.M.
SERIES: FOUR WEDNESDAYS, JULY 15 & 29, and AUGUST 12 & 26, 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 jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org or nross@saintmarks.org.


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: aconley@saintmarks.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 rgilmore@saintmarks.org for more information.


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