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.
UPCOMING SUNDAY FORUMS
Note: Schedule subject to change
No Sunday forum on December 26, 2021 or January 2, 2022
No Sunday forum on January 9 (Feast of the Baptism of our Lord)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Friends Talking—Rabbi Daniel Wiener
No Sunday forum on February 6 (Parish Annual Meeting).
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Forum on Collaborative Ministry
With Cathedral Clergy and Canons. Details TBA.
No Sunday forum on February 20.
SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Led by Canon Wendy Claire Barrie. Details TBA
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Forum with The Rev Linzi Stahlecker, Curate
No Sunday forum on March 20
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Vestry Forum on Mutual Ministry Goals
SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Sunday Forum with The Rev. Dr. Bradley Hauff
No Sunday forum on April 10 (Palm Sunday) or April 17 (Easter Sunday)
SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Creation Care Forum: Rogation Days
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Sunday Forum with the Seattle Service Corps
SUNDAY, MAY 8, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Friends Talking—Jerusalem Greer
No Sunday forum on May 15
SUNDAY, MAY 22, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Led by Canon Wendy Claire Barrie. Details TBA
No Sunday forum on May 29 (The Day of Pentecost)
RECENT SUNDAY FORUMS
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
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 watch live here
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.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 10:10–10:50 A.M.
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.
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. UPDATE: video of the conversation is now available here.
No Sunday forum on October 13 or November 7
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 10:10–10:50 A.M.
Bishop Rickel: Sacramental Conversation
A chat with Bishop Greg Rickel on the occasion of his pastoral visitation.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 10:10–10:50 A.M.
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.
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
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 10:10–10:50 A.M.
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.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 10:10–10:50 A.M.
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.
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.
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. via Zoom.
The Radix Project 5: Centering Women's Voices Opening Plenary
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.
SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 12:30–2 P.M.
DEEPER DIVE: The Meaning of Sacrifice with Dean Steve Thomason
Dean Steve Thomason began the series with a discussion on April 18 exploring the meaning of sacrifice, both historically and in our own lives. The Dean recommends these two articles: God Does Not Demand Blood: the Cross and Divine Charity by Daniel M. Bell, Jr. and Scapegoating and the Cross by Richard Rohr (click the titles to download a pdf).
Plenary prior to community book reading for Lent: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1-2 P.M., via Zoom
follow-up book discussion: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 6:30 P.M.
concluding questions with Canon Brownridge: SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 12:30-2 p.m., via Zoom
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 email@example.com.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020, 10 A.M. (note: before the morning liturgy), via Zoom
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
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
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, 2020, 7 P.M. (note evening time!)
Special Parish Meeting
Exploring Potential Uses of the St. Nicholas Building
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 7 P.M., via Zoom<
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.
May 24, 2020
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: