Saint Mark’s offers a variety of Sunday forums each season on various topics relating to faith, justice, updates on parish life, and more.
FALL 2019 FORUM SCHEDULE
All Sunday Forums are offered in Bloedel Hall from 10:10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. (between the 9 and 11 a.m. Eucharist services), except as noted.
January 26, 2020 - NO FORUM in the 10 a.m. hour
January 26, 2020, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
2020 Annual Parish Meeting and festive meal
You are invited to join a festive parish meal and the 2020 Annual Meeting! The meeting will include an election of parish vestry members and delegates/alternates to Diocesan Convention. A brochure featuring the candidates is available in the back of the nave. We’ll also hear reports from the Dean, ministry leaders, and the Finance Committee. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our vibrant parish. Please bring something to share at the potluck lunch. We suggest the following guidelines: Potluck items should feed at least 8-10 people. To ensure balanced options: A–I last names, please bring a side or salad; J–R last names, please bring a dessert; S–Z last names, please bring a main course.
February 9, 2020
A Report from a Trip to the Border
Come learn about the dire situation for migrants and refugees at our southern border from the team that traveled to McAllen/Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico in January. Saint Mark's Sanctuary volunteers Dee Cappelletti, Melinda Kmitta, George Moore, and Maris Olsen and Canon Nancy Ross joined Episcopalians from around the country witnessing the realities and meeting refugees and asylees, some 2000-strong, who are camped in a squalid tent city, most waiting months for a chance for an asylum hearing. What did we see, and what can we do? Learn more, because we can't turn away!
PAST SUNDAY FORUMS FROM THIS SEASON
September 8, 2019
Border Report from Canon Nancy Ross
The situation for immigrants and refugees at our southern border is fraught and complex. As part of Saint Mark's Sanctuary ministry, Canon Nancy Ross joined colleagues from Houston and Richmond to go to McAllen and Brownsville, Texas, to witness first-hand and meet with organizations working on-the-ground. Come hear what unfolded and ideas developing for how we can be part of the work.
September 22, 2019
Meet the Seattle Service Corps
Join us as we meet and listen to the newest members of the Seattle Service Corps! Corp members will share their hopes and goals for the coming year and also a little about what brings them to this very special year of life in community. Show your support and bring your questions and insights for the newest residents of Saint Mark’s!
September 29, 2019
Not all who wander are lost, especially for those who walk labyrinths. What is a labyrinth? How is walking a labyrinth another kind of prayer? What is the history of this wandering, walking prayer? Join Walter Stuteville, Judy Andrews, and Doug Thorpe as they talk about these questions, share their own experiences of this spiritual practice, and invite you to consider this as a part of your own spiritual practice. Learn more about Labyrinths at Saint Mark's here.
October 6, 2019
The Poetic Life: Wisdom from Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry
Transitions in life like marriage, a child’s birth, retirement, and death present as liminal moments which invite us to cross from the familiar into new found lands. The journey is rife with pitfalls and the possibility of conversion. Using select poems from these three masters, we will tease out the beauty to be discovered in such experiences. Join Dean Thomason as he invites us into these sacred moments and experiences.
October 13, 2019
Do you know that Saint Mark's is a Jubilee congregation and supports the economic justice work of the Jubilee USA Network? Join Betsy Bell to learn what it means to do this work, how this has been a long standing part of justice ministry at Saint Mark’s, and how you can participate. Questions? Contact Betsy Bell.
UPDATE 10/7: Betsy Bell will be joined in this forum by Michael Righi, retired Professor of Economics at Bellevue College and an expert in issues of international debt and debt forgiveness.
October 20, 2019
Money and Spirituality
Why is it so hard to talk about money? What does our understanding of money say about our understanding of God? How does our understanding of God impact our understanding of money? Join Robert Stevens and The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman as they talk about the connection between money and spirituality and lead us through a reflection on role of money and theology in our lives.
October 27, 2019
A Conversation about Strategic Planning
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 Wednesday Forum on October 23.)
November 3, 2019
All Saints: Celebrating with the Newly Baptized
A festive celebration in the nave.
November 10, 2019
A celebration in the nave marking the conclusion of Stewardship Season.
November 17, 2019
Mideast Focus Film Preview: This Being Human
Join local filmmaker Aimie Vallat of Reel Witness Films and the Mideast Focus Ministry for a preview of This Being Human. The film tells the story of an Iraqi who seeks refuge in Seattle. Learn about struggles and surprises inherent in the experiment that is the human experience and about how Aimie approached telling this story.
November 24, 2019 - NO FORUM in the 10 a.m. hour
November 24, 2019, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Annual Advent Preparation Festival
Intergenerational opportunities to select a spiritual practice for Advent, with festive musical offerings. Lunch will provided. Sponsored by Children’s & Family Ministries, Youth Ministry, and Adult Faith Formation. All are welcome!
December 1, 2019
The Wonder in the Waiting—an Advent Forum
facilitated by Canons Cristi Chapman and Nancy Ross
On this First Sunday of Advent, come together to explore the sacredness of “waiting” in our lives—the holy, sacred, fertile times, as well as the tense and difficult times. Three beloved parishioners will share their personal experiences of “the waiting.” And we will share with each other, too, how we find ourselves waiting—and what we find in the waiting—as we again breathe into this season of waiting for the Christ who has already come and continues to come in our lives.
December 8, 2019
A Review from Diocesan Convention 2019
Each year, representatives from congregations across the Diocese of Olympia gather together to conduct the business of the diocese. Join the Saint Mark's delegation as they share some of the key decisions, elections, and memorable experiences from this year's Diocesan Convention. Questions? Contact The Rev. Canon Cristi Chapman (email@example.com).
December 15, 2019
Alternative Giving Advent Ingathering and Celebration
A festive reception celebrating the gathering and blessing of all gifts chosen from our various giving trees, including Lowell Elementary, Mary's Place, and Casa Latina. Pick a tag from the trees between November 24 and December 8, and place it under the tree at our ingathering in Bloedel Hall! Questions? Contact Kelly Moody (firstname.lastname@example.org), Nicole Silvernale (email@example.com) or The Rev. Cristi Chapman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
January 5, 2020
A Conversation with Malcolm McLaurin
Seminarian Malcolm McLaurin will join us to reflect on his experiences over the last 18 months at Sewanee. Malcolm is in his second year of seminary and is sponsored for ordination to the priesthood by Saint Mark’s Cathedral and the Diocese of Olympia. Malcolm and his family will share what has been memorable about living in Tennessee, what has surprised Malcolm about seminary, and what gives him hope for the future. Join us for this special event!
January 19, 2020
Being and Becoming: Exploring Celtic Spirituality
Dean Thomason spent time last summer visiting the ancient Celtic missions in Scotland and England, and will present some historical, cultural and theological connections to Celtic Christianity. As Anglicans, we can trace our roots to these faithful forebears, and celebrate their legacy in our lives today. Canon Chapman and Dean Thomason will lead a pilgrimage to these sites in August 2020, and will share some details of the trip in this forum as well. All are welcome.