Spring 2019 Forum Schedule

Saint Mark’s offers a variety of Sunday forums each season on various topics relating to faith, justice, updates on parish life, and more. Most forums begin at 10:10 a.m. (between the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services) and are usually about 50 minutes long. Occasionally a special event will be scheduled after the 11 a.m. Eucharsist service, at 12:30 p.m. Forums are held in Bloedel Hall in Cathedral House, except as noted.


No Forum June 2 (rescheduled to July 7)


No Forum June 9 (Day of Pentecost)


Images of the Trinity

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 10:10–10:55 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL

Facilitated by Cathedral Canons

[description TBD]


Climate Change and Creation Care

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 10:10–10:55 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL

Facilitated by Andrew Himes

Our understanding of creation care has often been limited to “environmentalism,” or care for the natural world. However, it is intimately entwined with the core purpose of our community. with all our ministries, and especially with our passion for social justice. Learn how, in every domain, we can act effectively to nurture beauty, wholeness, and compassion in the face of the existential threat of climate change


Seattle Service Corps: End-of-Year Update

SUNDAY, July 7, 10:10–10:55 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL

Facilitated by SSC Director Adam Conley

As the program year ends, join this year's Service Corps interns as they reports on their experiences. [Full description TBD]





Past forums from this season


Tour the Saint Mark's Hallway Gallery with Dean Thomason

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 10:10–10:55 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL

Join Dean Thomason in the Hallway Gallery immediately after the 9am service. The Dean will offer a guided tour of the latest Hallway exhibit. The exhibit includes many important pictures and drawings from the earliest days of the Cathedral. To access the Hallway Gallery, take the stairs on the south side of the Cathedral down 1/2 flight and head west. The Gallery may also be accessed via elevator by going to the third floor and following signs the office wing.


A Conversation with Lawrence Pitre

SUNDAY, MAY 19, 10:10–10:55 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL

Facilitated by Vi Lynk and Canon Jennifer Daugfherty of the Visual Arts Ministry

Renowned Seattle artist Lawrence Pitre will talk about his body of work, including his series “We Are One,” which will be on exhibit in the Cathedral Nave starting May 19 and continuing through June 20. [Full description TBD]


Vestry Forum

SUNDAY, MAY 12, 10:10–10:55 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL

Facilitated by Cathedral Wardens & Vestry

The wardens and vestry will provide updates on a variety of topics including financial update, exciting news on facilities projects, Safeguarding policies and key distribution, and others. All are welcome.

The Easter Story: When God Improvises

SUNDAY, MAY 5, 10:10–10:55 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL

Facilitated by Cristi Chapman

[description TBD]


My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story


Facilitated by Seattle author Karen Treiger

Join Seattle author Karen Treiger as she talks about her recent book which recounts the harrowing tale of her in-laws, Sam and Esther Goldberg. Sam and Esther survived the Holocaust and ultimately escaped to settle in the United States. [Sam was one of only 65 people to escape from the Treblinka death camp and survive throughout WWII. Sam met his wife Esther while she was on the run from Nazi soldiers herself.] The Goldberg’s story is one of persistence and hope in the midst of the horrors from WWII. Karen is an accomplished and dynamic speaker and has presented at many Continuing Legal Education Conferences, community events, and is a member of the Seattle Holocaust Center for Humanity’s Speakers’ Bureau. She recently retired from practicing law.


A Conversation with Alan Davidson

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 10:10–10:55 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL

Facilitated by Dean Thomason

A conversation about Saint Mark's Cathedral's history with the author of The History of Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral: Saint Mark's Parish 1889–1897.


Grappling with Atonement and Sacrifice 

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 10:10–10:55 A.M., Bloedel Hall

Facilitated by Canon Jennifer Daugherty

During Holy Week, we encounter the way of the cross—Jesus’ “perfect sacrifice for the whole world” (in the words of the Eucharistic prayers). How we understand sacrifice and atonement impacts everything—our sense of God, ourselves, and all of creation. Come share your thoughts and questions on these mysterious concepts as we uncover a lifegiving way of understanding the cross and how it invites our ongoing “sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.”



Mirabai Starr on "Building Community"

SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 10:10–10:55 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL

Facilitated by Dean Thomason

As part of her visit to Saint Mark's, author, translator, and teacher Mirabai Starr will speak on the topic of "Building Community" and read from her most recent book, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, which will also be available to purchase.


Reflections on Our Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 10:10–10:55 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL

Facilitated by Canon Jennifer King Daugherty and Deacon Earl Grout

Deacon Earl and Canon Jennifer will make a ten-day pilgrimage with a group of Episcopal clergy to Palestine/Israel in January 2019. Come join them as they reflect on their visit to the sites and shrines associated with the life of Jesus and what they learned about the foundational stories of our faith. They will also share their experiences with the Christians of today’s Holy Land and the reality of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.


Mideast Focus Film Series Preview

SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 10:10–10:55 A.M. (note new date; rescheduled due to weather)

This year’s Mideast Focus Film Series theme is “Finding Home.” Join us for an introductory forum, “First Hand Voices,” which will feature Palestinian-American architect Rania Qawasma-Dana. She is a founder of Architecture for Refugees, a platform dedicated to raising awareness of the displacement crisis and engaging the public in social equity and community based design. She is also the creator of “This is Home”, an award winning infographic neighborhood guidebook for refugees. Questions: Mary Segall, mesegall@yahoo.com


The Monthly Mix - a brunch gathering for all ages!

SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 10:10–10:55 A.M., BLOEDEL HALL

Bring a brunch dish to share! The March meeting will focus on personal and family activities for the Lenten season.


Faithful Living, Faithful Dying: The Lenten Charge of Planning your Own Funeral

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 10:10–10:55 A.M.

Facilitated by Dean Thomason

Learn about the burial rite in the Episcopal Church, decisions to consider as you plan your own funeral, and how to engage in this work prayerfully and as a part of your Lenten practice. Dean Thomason will share stories and insights from his work as a parish priest and hospice doctor. And we will have some fun and good humor along the way.


The Intersection of Faith Based Advocacy and Homelessness

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 10:10–10:55 A.M.

Facilitated by David Wagner and The Rev. Cristi Chapman

Seattle and King County are experiencing a homelessness crisis -- some studies suggest our city may have the highest rate of homelessness of any urban area in the United States. Saint Mark’s Cathedral has a long history of ministry to and advocacy for those who are unsheltered and unhoused, and new energy to address the crisis was expressed in response the cathedral’s “Statement of Commitment and Action” in 2016. Over the past year ministry leaders have prioritized our response to this issue. The leadership of the ministry was reorganized, and new initiatives have been planned, including Saint Mark's Threshhold Fund, which was launched in Advent to an overwhelming response, and a new approach to advocacy. Join us on Sunday, February 24, 2019 to learn more!


Sanctuary at Saint Mark’s welcomes The Rev. Nancy Frausto

SUNDAY, February 17, 10:10–10:55 A.M. (Rev. Frausto will also present a workshop Saturday February 16 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. titled "Immigration and Christian Responsibility," in addition to preaching a sermon at the 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Eucharist services on February 17.)

Facilitated by Dean Thomason

The Rev. Nancy Frausto of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Long Beach, CA raised the roof at General Convention last summer! A founding member of the Diocese of Los Angeles Sanctuary Task Force and a Dreamer (DACA recipient), she is a powerful preacher and teacher and witness to the power of God’s liberating love. Her workshop at Saint Mark’s brings together personal story, the state of immigration in our country, and our responsibility and action as Christian community. Come be part of the conversation!


Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Edwin Pratt: A Preview

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 10:10–10:55 A.M.

Facilitated by Brett Bowton-Meade

Saint Mark’s will be hosting a Commemorative Event to Honor Edwin Pratt in early February. Community leaders will speak about his legacy fifty years after his assassination and his surviving family members will be at hand. We expect to be hearing about how far our community has come in the march for social justice and how far we have go. Brett Bowton-Meade will share how the program has come together and how our parishioners can participate in its success. We will also open the Columbarium from 9:30 to 11:30 so you can take it in and see the resting place of Pratt’s remains. Come early or stay later during the service you are not attending!


Northwest Bail Fund Update

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 10:10–10:55 A.M.

Facilitated by The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daugherty, Mary Lonien, and Becky Errera
The Northwest Community Bail Fund (NCBF), which started as a justice ministry at St. Mark's, is now a non-profit organization operating in Western Washington. A recent recipient of the Seattle Seahawks players grant, NCBF has provided bail for over 180 people. Join us at the Sunday Forum as Board Members provide an update on the Bail Fund’s progress. NCBF has seen significant growth and change in 2018, and is moving into 2019 with big plans for further steps toward equality and justice in WA jails. It is with enthusiasm for our role in socio-economic and racial equity and with gratitude for the support of St Mark’s that we invite you to this presentation.