On many Sundays, a forum on a wide variety of topics is offered in the hour between the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. morning Eucharist services.

In addition, special forums, hybrid or online-only, are occasionally offered on Sunday evening as well.


UPCOMING SUNDAY FORUMS

Please note: Schedule and descriptions subject to change.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

"Friends Talking"—The Rev. Canon Dick Toll 

Rev. Canon Richard K. Toll, Canon Pastor of St. Mark’s Cathedral, 1976-84, returns to Seattle from his retirement life in Portland, OR to participate in a Symposium: The Holy Land – What’s Next? - a gathering of faith leaders working for peace and justice in Israel/Palestine (Bloedel Hall, Saturday, Sept. 24, 1-4 p.m.).

On Sunday morning, join the Cathedral Parish in welcoming Dick and his wife, Elaine, both of whose ministries were a major part of parish life during their time here. Dick’s post-Saint Mark’s ministries—as Rector of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Milwaukie, Oregon and founding Executive Director of Friends of Sabeel North America—deeply affected many lives, at the local, national, and international level.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Meet the Seattle Service Corps!

A chance to meet this year's Service Corps cohort. Details TBA.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Intergenerational Taizé Experience

Gather between the services on Sunday morning, October 9, for an interactive, intergenerational forum with the leaders of Saint Mark's Taizé ministry. Learn a bit about what exactly Taizé is, its origins in France, and what got the Taizé ministry started here at Saint Mark's. Then we'll discuss the unique music of Taizé, and do some singing together. It will be informative and fun for all ages, and serve as preparation to more fully participate in the upcoming Taizé service on Tuesday, November 8. Any questions, contact Sacristan Michael Seewer: mseewer@saintmarks.org


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Stewardship Forum

Details TBA.


Forum on Sunday, October 23, 2022, TBA.


No forum on Sunday, October 30 (Stewardship ingathering), or Sunday, November 6 (All Saints' Baptism celebration).


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

"Friends Talking"—The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining

An information conversation with Dean Thomason and Saint Mark's 2022 Theologian-in-residence, The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining. Details TBA.


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Advent Forum with Dean Thomason

Details TBA.


RECENT SUNDAY FORUMS


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 6:30–8 P.M. (note evening time!), online via Zoom ONLY

(Note: This presentation will NOT be offered in person in Bloedel, as previously announced.)

The Radix Project Opening Plenary: Creation, Community, and Connection

The theme for this fall's iteration of The Radix Project, Creation, Community, and Connection, will draw from scriptures that invite us to consider how creation itself may inform our relationship to God and each other. All are welcome and encouraged to join the opening Plenary Presentation with Dean Thomason and the Radix Project team, whether or not you plan to participate in the small groups. Join the plenary using this Zoom link.


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

"Friends Talking"—The Rev. Canon Mary Crist, Ed.D. 

The Rev. Canon Mary Crist serves on the Presiding Bishop’s Staff as the Coordinator of Indigenous Theological Education in the Department of Ethnic Ministries. She is a Visiting Professor of Education and Indigenous Studies at Bexley Seabury Seminary in Chicago. On Saturday, September 17 she will be offering an all-day workshop exploring Indigenous theology, and on Sunday September 18 she will sit down with Dean Thomason for an informal conversation in the 10 a.m. hour between Sunday morning services.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

"Friends Talking"—The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining

Dean Steve Thomason will have an informal conversation with Saint Mark 2022 Theologian-in-residence, The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining, in Bloedel Hall between the morning services.

Rev. Raining will also offer a sermon at the 9 and 11 a.m. services.

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Beekeeper Forum and Blessing of the Hives

The cathedral beekeepers will share about their ministry and the current state of the bees who live of the roof above Bloedel, and we’ll conclude with a blessing of the hives.

Note: Doreen Tudor's birthday celebration, previously announced for this time, will be rescheduled for a later date. 

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

"Friends Talking"—Rabbi Daniel Weiner

Daniel Weiner has led the congregation of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, our neighbors on Capitol Hill, since 2001. Among his many roles and accomplishments he has placed a special emphasis on interfaith and ecumenical efforts, and has collaborated with Dean Thomason on multiple occasions over the last ten years. In March, Dean Thomason preached at Temple De Hirsch, and on May 22 Rabbi Weiner will reciprocate, offering a sermon at the 9 and 11 a.m. services.

Also on Sunday morning he will join the Dean in a "Friends Talking" forum in Bloedel Hall.

UPDATE: A complete video of the forum may be seen here.

Rabbi Weiner's sermon may be found in the sermon archive, or seen in the video of the service.

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 10:10–10:50 A.M., meet on the front patio

Intergenerational Labyrinth Walk and Talk

Between the 9 and 11 a.m. services this Sunday the leaders of the Labyrinth Ministry, Doug Thorpe, Judy Andrews, and Walter Stuteville, invite people of all ages to experience the labyrinth with them. They’ll talk briefly about the labyrinth—what it is, why they love it, and how they use it—and then we’ll walk it, with a short debrief afterwards for us to share what we noticed in the process.

SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall 

Forum with Artist Peter Boome

In conjunction with the launch of his exhibition in the cathedral nave, artist Peter Boone will participate in an informal conversation in Bloedel Hall on Sunday Morning, co-hosted by the Creation Care Ministry and the Visual Arts Ministry. The artist will explore the connections in his work between creation. art, and spirituality.

In addition to the Bloedel forum between Sunday morning services, there will also be an opening reception to launch the show following the 11 a.m. Sunday service, in the cathedral nave.

UPDATE: A complete video of this forum is now available here

SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 6:30-7:30 P.M. (note evening time), in the cathedral nave and livestreamed

Stand with the Duwamish: A Forum with Duwamish Tribal Chair The Hon. Cecile Hansen

For over 35 years, Cecile Hansen has been the elected chair of the Duwamish Tribe. She is the great-great grandniece of Chief Si’ahl’. On Sunday, April 3, Cecile Hansen will speak at Saint Mark’s Cathedral on the efforts of the Duwamish Tribe to gain federal recognition and how faith communities and citizens of Seattle can be allies with the Duwamish in support of their cause. She will also share about environmental and cultural projects the Duwamish are engaged in currently and in the coming months, while offering an historical perspective that invites us all to honor with gratitude the land itself and the life of the Duwamish Tribe.

The forum will also provide occasion for participants to ask questions of Chair Hansen. All Saint Mark’s parishioners are encouraged to attend this important forum as we seek to deepen the relationship with the Duwamish on whose ancestral land we gather. The event will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. Learn more here.

UPDATE: A complete video is now posted here.

SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall and via Zoom

"Friends Talking"—The Rev. Dr. Bradley Hauff

It is our delight to welcome The Rev. Dr. Bradley S. Hauff as Guest Preacher April 3. In 2018 he was called to serve as Episcopal Church Missioner for Indigenous Ministries, a member of the Presiding Bishop’s staff. In his role, Hauff is responsible for enabling and empowering Indigenous peoples and their respective communities within the Episcopal Church while also guiding the broader Church in intercultural competencies. The "Friends Talking" forum at 10:10 a.m. in Bloedel Hall on April 3 will feature Dr. Hauff and Dean Thomason in informal conversation, with time for those present to engage Dr. Hauff as well.

Rev. Hauff has encouraged everyone to view this 30-minute video produced by the Office of Indigenous Ministries, titled Native Voices Speaking to the Church and the World.

UPDATE: A video of the forum is now available here.

SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2022, 6:30-8 P.M. (note evening time!), in Bloedel Hall or via Zoom

St. Nicholas Exploratory Committee Report

The St. Nicholas Exploratory Committee has completed 18 months of study and reported its recommendations to the Vestry, which has received the report and adopted those recommendations. The committee’s final report can be viewed here. Next step is to report to the cathedral parish. Committee members will do so in a special forum to which all are invited. See Dean Thomason's message to the community regarding this important meeting here.

UPDATE Slides and video from the presentation are now available here.

SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall or via Zoom

Vestry Forum on Mutual Ministry Goals

Mutual Ministry Goals are designed to inform and guide our work as a community. This year the vestry unanimously approved to carry forward the mutual ministry goals first set in April 2021—Creation Care and Carbon Reduction, Innovative and Intergenerational Community, and Restorative Justice and Systematic Change.  In this forum, vestry wardens will host a conversation on the work of creation care, intergenerational and justice ministries in the year to come. We invite you to attend, bring your questions and consider how you intend to embrace these goals in your life as well. Attend via Zoom or Bloedel.

Slides and a complete video of this forum are now available on this page.

SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Singing Bowls & Silence: An Intergenerational Forum Featuring Hisako Beasley

All ages are invited to Bloedel Hall this Sunday to join Hisako Beasley as she presents her collection of singing bowls, followed by a discussion and experience of silence and other simple contemplative practices.

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall and via Zoom

"Meet the Curate!" with The Rev Linzi Stahlecker

Rev. Linzi, the newest member of Saint Mark’s clergy team, is excited for the opportunity to gather with the people of the parish for this Sunday forum - her spouse, Troy, will be here too. Linzi will share some of her surprising story, which begins as an outspoken and committed atheist living and working in London, England, and she will also introduce the Cathedral Commons she’ll be leading later this month. Learn more about Linzi here. Bring your coffee and your questions!

SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Intergenerational Lent Forum

Led by Canon Wendy Claire Barrie. All ages are invited to Bloedel Hall to learn about the season of Lent and try some spiritual practices like Praying in Color, making a finger labyrinth, and Thich Nhat Hanh’s pebble meditation. There will be materials available to take home and use throughout the forty days.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall or via Zoom

The Santa Marta Anglican Center: Supporting LGBTIQ+ youth in El Salvador

The Santa Marta Anglican Center supports LGBTIQ+ youth in El Salvador who are facing homelessness. It is a ministry of the Diocese of El Salvador, part of the Anglican Church in Central America. Attend this Sunday morning form in person or online to learn more about Diocese of El Salvador's work to advance LGBTIQ+ rights, celebrate LGBTIQ+ stories, and support LGBTIQ+ youth and young adults who have been kicked out of their homes. Check out an article about the work of the Center here.

Their fundraising official, Joseph Russ, is visiting from El Salvador to share the story of founding the Center, the faith that grounds this work, and how this faith becomes action by accompanying queer Salvadoran youth and young adults.

A complete video of this event can be found here. 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall and via Zoom

Sunday Forum on Clergy Collaborations

Join Dean Thomason, Canon Daugherty, Canon Rosario-Cruz, and our new curate The Rev. Linzi Stahlecker as they share how they’re collaborating in support of the multitude of ministries at Saint Mark’s Cathedral. They will share their passions and dreams inspired by those in ministry, and there will be some light-hearted fun along the way. Instructions to join online will be announced in the coming weeks. All are welcome.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Vestry Candidate Introductions

An opportunity to meet the candidates for the Vestry.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

"Friends Talking"—Bp. Jennifer Baskerville Burrows

Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, a native of New York City, holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture with a minor in urban studies from Smith College, an M.A. in historic preservation planning from Cornell University, and an M.Div. degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) in 1997. Before being elected bishop in 2016, she served in the Dioceses of Newark, Central New York and Chicago. She is the first black woman to be elected a diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Winter Solstice Poetry Reading

Winter solstice brings the first day of winter and a return of more sunlight. Drawing from a selection of poems connected to light, parishioner and English professor Doug Thorpe will guide us in a time of reading and reflection to discover creation themes. A slideshow of light-inspired photos from Saint Mark's parishioners will also be shared.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 10:10-10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall or livestreamed

Canon Daugherty's Sabbatical Report

Canon Daugherty returns from her three-month sabbatical on December 1 and is looking forward to sharing her experiences and learning with the Saint Mark’s community. Join her on December 12 for the Sunday Forum, in which she will talk about her Celtic pilgrimage to Ireland, Iona, and the Isle of Skye, as well as time spent in other holy places in the United States. Sabbatical time is meant for rest, renewal, and cultivation of creativity and curiosity for the benefit of the faith community. All of that happened and she is very glad to be returning to Saint Mark’s. Come be part of her early reflections on her time away; there will be much to share in the coming months.

A complete video may be seen here.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall and via Zoom

Intergenerational Creche Sharing Event

Everyone is invited to bring a crèche (nativity scene) from home and share a story about it. If you don’t have a crèche, you may also make and take a simple one with materials provided. Crèches will be blessed at the conclusion of the event.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

"Friends Talking"—Pastor Carey Anderson and Dean Steve

Longtime pastor of First AME Church The Rev. Dr. Carey Anderson will preach at Saint Mark’s Cathedral, at both the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services, as part of our deepening commitment to the relationship between Dean Steve and Pastor Carey, and our two faith communities. (Dean Steve has been invited to preach at First AME in January 2022.) Pastor Anderson is renowned for his preaching and leadership in the Seattle faith community and for his commitment to restorative justice. An informal conversation will occur in Bloedel Hall between the two services, at 10:10 a.m.

A video of the conversation is now available here.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Stewardship Forum

The Sunday Forum on October 24 with feature a discussion, facilitated by members of the Stewardship Ministry, on how Saint Mark’s became our spiritual home, our journey into stewardship, and what it means for us to be a Beloved Community. Come to Bloedel Hall between the 9 and 11 a.m. services to share and discuss these questions together.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Meet the Seattle Service Corps!

Join the 2021-2022 cohort of Seattle Service Corps in Bloedel for a Q&A and an opportunity to get to know them better. Now that they're almost two months into their program year, learn about their impressions of Seattle, service, and life in intentional community. More information about this year's cohort can be found here.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 10:10–10:50 A.M., in person in Bloedel Hall or via Zoom

Sunday Forum: Connections—American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem

The Saint Mark's Mideast Focus Ministry presents this opportunity to learn about an organization creating hope and healing in places of great suffering and injustice. The Executive Director of the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, John Lent, will be joining remotely for a discussion moderated by community member Doug Thorpe. Having served as Executive Director since 2018, John will offer first-hand accounts of the schools, hospitals, clinics, and other institutions supported by the AFEDJ. Learn more about the AFEDJ here and watch a brief video with John Lent here. Come to Bloedel Hall between the 9 and 11 a.m. services to watch the discussion, or join via Zoom,

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Autumnal Poetry Reading, Hosted by the Creation Care Ministry

Fall is upon us with leaves changing, crisper nights, and fruits for foraging. Drawing from a selection of autumnal poems, parishioner and English professor Doug Thorpe will guide us in a time of reading and reflection to discover Creation themes and connections.

The poems presented may be found here.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall

"Friends Talking"—Dean Thomason and Buddhist Monk Tan Nisabho

The first forum of the fall will feature a conversation with Buddhist monk Venerable Nisabho who is seeking to establish a Thai Forest Monastery in the Seattle area and is gathering people at St. Mark’s for meditation, teachings and breathing practices. Tan Nisabho and Dean Steve are exploring together cross-cultural and interfaith expressions of contemplative practices, including Christian centering prayer. There will be time for those present to engage Nisabho with your questions. Read more about this branch of Buddhism.

SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 12:30–2 P.M. (note afternoon time), via Zoom only

DEEPER DIVE: Jesus through the Centuries with Canon Jennifer King Daugherty

Over time and across cultures, faithful people have understood Jesus the Christ in different, life-giving ways. Canon Daugherty will discuss some of these traditions, then lead the group in exploring how our experience of pandemic has impacted our answer to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?”

Canon Daugherty recommends reading these two articles in advance of her presentation:

SUNDAY, MAY 16, 12:30–2 P.M. (note afternoon time), via Zoom only

DEEPER DIVE: The Breath of God with Canon Nancy Ross

On May 16 Canon Ross will present on the gift of the Holy Spirit, from the ancient church to discerning the movement of the Spirit in our lives, in our times. Breath? Advocate? Fire? Wind? Prayer? What is the Spirit up to?

SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 7 P.M. (note evening time), via Zoom only 

The theme for this six-week series is Centering Women’s Voices, and draws on the inspiring stories of six women from Scripture as they speak their wisdom into our lives today. The opening plenary features six different voices from the community introducing the subjects and themes of the small group meetings.

Plenary prior to community book reading for Lent: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1-2 P.M., via Zoom only

Follow-up book discussion: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 6:30 P.M., via Zoom only

Concluding questions with Canon Brownridge: SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 12:30-2 p.m., via Zoom only

Jesus and the Disinherited

Gather via Zoom on February 28 at 1 p.m. with Saint Mark’s Theologian-in-Residence, The Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge, for an introduction to acclaimed African-American religious leader and theologian Howard Thurman’s legacy. Canon Brownridge’s presentation leads off an invitation to read for Lent Thurman’s foundational work Jesus and the Disinherited, exploring the Gospel as a manual of resistance for the poor and disenfranchised. (You may recall that Canon Brownridge discussed Thurman in his sermon of January 17.) We will follow up on March 24 for an online discussion of the book together with Saint Mark’s clergy at 6:30–8 p.m.

Howard Thurman was a pastor, teacher, preacher, writer, and mystic. He played a guiding role in many social justice movements and organizations of the twentieth century. His writings formed the spiritual foundation for the modern, nonviolent civil rights movement and he was a key mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In Jesus and the Disinherited, Thurman interprets the teachings of Jesus through the experience of the oppressed and discusses nonviolent responses to oppression. Join the Zoom with Canon Brownridge here. Questions? Contact Canon Jennifer Daugherty at jkdaugherty@saintmarks.org.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020, 10 A.M. (note: before the morning liturgy), via Zoom only

2020 Annual Parish Meeting, Part 2

View the full post about Annual Parish Meeting here.

SESSION 2: SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2021, 9:45-10:30 A.M.
Call to Order, Elections, Reports, then Recess for Worship via Livestream

Dean Thomason's sermon during the service on January 31 will serve as the Dean's Report to the Parish.

SESSION 3: SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2021, 11:45-12:30 p.m.
Awards and Recognitions by Dean Thomason, Closing Prayer, Adjourn

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020, 7 P.M. (note evening time!), via Zoom only

What is God Up To in All This”?

Dean Thomason hosts the Opening Plenary of The Radix Project’s next series

The Easter Vigil is the apical liturgy of the entire year, weaving a rich tapestry of scriptural stories, the ritualized confluence of grace found in Baptism and Eucharist celebrated on this most holy night, and a textured choreography of music and movement meant to inspire us for the journey. Radix 4 groups are forming now, with a focus drawing on select scriptures from the Easter Vigil that tell the story of God’s engagement with humanity and all creation. We need these stories now as ever—what is God up to in all “this?” What does scripture have to say about our experiences and the meaning we make as we turn into a new year. All are welcome. Join using this Zoom link.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020, 10 A.M. (note: before the morning liturgy), via Zoom only

2020 Annual Parish Meeting, Part 1

View the full Annual Parish Meeting post here.

SESSION 1: SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021, 9:45-10:30 A.M. 
Call to Order, Election Rules (adapted), Report of the Nominating Committee, Nominations from the Floor, then Recess until January 31 at 9:30 a.m.

At the regular coffee hour following the 11 a.m. service in January 24, candidates for Vestry will be present for an informal meet-and-greet.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 7 P.M., (note evening time!) via Zoom only

Special Parish Meeting Exploring Potential Uses of the St. Nicholas Building

On September 2, Dean Thomason sent an email to the cathedral community announcing that the Vestry has recently engaged a development consultant to assist us in exploring potential uses of the St. Nicholas building with a goal of advancing the cathedral’s mission and ministries. John Hoerster serves as the chair of a committee guiding this process. A summary report is available on the cathedral website.

On Sunday, September 20 at 7 p.m., Mr. Hoerster and Dean Thomason will share details of the process, plans for parish input along the way, and address questions folks may have at this early stage. The Zoom link will be shared here and in an all-parish email closer to the event.

SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2020, 10:10 A.M., via Zoom only

Women Clergy at Saint Mark's

On Sunday, May 24, The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty moderated a panel discussion with three women priests who served at Saint Mark's, Seattle, in three different decades: The Rev. Carla Berkedal Pryne, the first woman priest at Saint Mark's, who served in the 1980s, The Rev. Kate Kinney, who served in the 1990s, and The Rev. Sue Reid, who served in the 2000s. A complete video of their discussion is below: