In the hour between the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday morning Eucharist services, Saint Mark’s Cathedral
offers a variety of forums on various topics relating to faith, justice, updates on parish life, and more.

All Sunday Forums will be suspended between March 15 and Easter Sunday (April 12).
We anticipate the cancelled events will be rescheduled at a later date.   




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.


March 8, 2020

Station by Station: Walking the Way of the Cross

This event will be offered in the cathedral nave. Meet in Compline corner. The Visual Arts and Adult Faith Formation ministries will lead this prayerful engagement with the Stations of the Cross. Explore the history of this spiritual practice and learn about the sculptural reliefs created by Virginia Maksymowicz on display in the nave throughout Lent. (In the Hallway Gallery, a set of ceramic Stations made in the Holy Land are also on display until Easter.) Then, join as we pray through the Stations and reflect on the experience together. How might God be inviting you to engage in this practice this year? How might the stations resemble a pilgrimage?

March 15, 2020

Mideast Focus Film Presentation: This is Gaza part 1

The first in a two-part series featuring short films created in Gaza by Seattle filmmaker Jen Marlowe.

Cancelled; to be rescheduled at a later date.

March 22, 2020

Caring for our Planet:
An Update from the Creation Care Team

Cancelled; to be rescheduled at a later date.

March 29, 2020

Being and Becoming a Sanctuary

An update from the Sanctuary Ministry.

Cancelled; to be rescheduled at a later date.

April 5, 2020 - NO FORUM (Palm Sunday)


April 12, 2020 - NO FORUM (Easter Sunday)

April 19, 2020

Celebrating Earth Day 2020

Observing the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Description TBA.

April 26, 2020

Edible Hope: Stories from St. Luke’s, Ballard

A presentation about the vital and growing feeding ministries at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church in Ballard, with Sara Bates. Description TBA.

May 3, 2020

Vestry Update

Description TBA.

May 10, 2020

Mideast Focus Film Presentation: This is Gaza part 2

The second in a two-part series featuring short films created in Gaza by Seattle filmmaker Jen Marlowe.

May 17, 2020

A Conversation with The Rev. Dr. Carey Anderson

Dean Thomason in conversation with the Head Pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Seattle on Capitol Hill.

May 24, 2020

Forum Topic TBA

Description TBA.


May 31, 2020 - NO FORUM (Feast of Pentecost and Baptisms)

June 7, 2020

Forum Topic TBA

Description TBA.

June 14, 2020

A Celebration of Graduates

Description TBA.

June 21, 2020

Justice Ministries Update

Description TBA.

June 21, 2020

Seattle Service Corp Blessing and Sending

Members of the 2019/2020 Seattle Service Corp report on their experiences in the last year, and discuss what's ahead for them. Description TBA.


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

Labyrinth 101

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

Jubilee USA

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

Ingathering Feast!

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 (

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 (, Nicole Silvernale ( or The Rev. Cristi Chapman (

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.

A PDF version of the slides from this presentation may be viewed here.

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!

February 16, 2020

Special Theatrical Presentation: Where I Grew Up

The Mideast Focus Ministry kicks off its seventh annual film series (see announcement, next page) with a very special live performance of a play by Ed Mast and Yusef Mahmoud titled Where I Grew Up. The short play traces Yusef’s experience growing up as a Palestinian-American in Edmonds, Washington. Following the performance, playwright Ed Mast will host a discussion about the issues raised. (Since this is a live performance, please try to arrive promptly. The performance will begin by 10:13 a.m.)

February 23, 2020

Celebrating the Radix Project

All who participated in The Radix Project: Small Groups/Deep Roots—and anyone who didn’t participate but is curious to know what it was like—are invited to reflect on the experience together with Dean Steve Thomason and Kelly Moody, and to shape the vision for small group study at Saint Mark’s going forward. Join us for an interactive discussion, an opportunity to provide written feedback, and a closing blessing of each group’s good work.

March 1, 2020

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Learning about UCEF

Saint Mark’s provides funds and referrals to the United Churches Emergency Fund (UCEF) to help those who are seeking assistance to cover rent or utility bills. Its focus is to provide eviction protection to keep families and individuals from becoming homeless and to provide assistance to homeless families and individuals moving into housing. Come learn about UCEF’s structured vetting and record-keeping process and how they combine funds from different sources to help renters stay in their homes. After the end of the forum, attendees will put together snack packs for UCEF clients. (If you would like to help provide contents for the packs, send a note to for guidance about what items are needed.)