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.
No forum on Sunday, May 28 (The Day of Pentecost)
SUNDAY, JUNE 4, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Beekeeper Forum and Blessing of the Hives
Don't miss this Sunday forum between the 9 and 11 a.m. services on June 4. All are invited to taste the honey made by the bees that live on the Saint Mark’s property, meet the beekeepers, learn about pollinators, and try a bee craft. At the conclusion of the forum, everyone will head outside, and Canon Eliacín Rosario-Cruz will bless the hives for the new season.
SUNDAY, JULY 16, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
"Friends Talking" Forum—The Rev. Fadi Diab
A discussion with The Rev. Fadi Diab, Rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - Ramallah, Palestine.
Sunday forum will be on summer hiatus until August.
RECENT SUNDAY FORUMS
SUNDAY, MAY 21, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
"Friends Talking" Forum—The Rev. Canon Britt Olson
We are delighted to welcome The Rev. Canon Britt Olson, vicar of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ballard, as guest preacher Sunday May 21 at all three morning services. She has guided the church replant and St. Luke’s redevelopment project which will soon include church space, retail, and affordable housing spanning the entire city block. She is recognized as a leader in congregational development and parish systems, having served as Canon to the Ordinary and Canon for Evangelism and Congregational Development in two California dioceses, as well as serving parishes in Oregon, before coming to Seattle eight years ago.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 7–8 P.M., online via Zoom only
The Radix Project 10 Opening Plenary: Gratitude
This Eastertide, the theme for the tenth iteration of The Radix Project is Gratitude. The deadline to register for a small group has now passed, but 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.
UPDATE: a complete video may now be seen here.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Intergenerational Forum on Creation Care
On Sunday, April 23, come to a forum to find out how all ages can be involved in Creation Care at home, at Saint Mark’s and out in this beautiful world! Co-hosted by the Intergenerational Council and the Creation Care Ministry. We’ll have coffee, tea, fresh fruit, and muffins.
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Plants & Earth Forum with Gordon Miller
In this Sunday morning Forum on 19 March, on the eve of the vernal equinox, Saint Mark’s parishioner and Emeritus Professor of Environmental Studies at Seattle University Gordon Miller will share ideas and images from two of his books: Wisdom of the Earth, which displays relatively unknown ecological riches of the Christian tradition, and The Metamorphosis of Plants, his photographic edition of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 18th-century botanical classic that encourages readers to look beyond the surface of the natural world to its nonmaterial depths.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Care Packet Packaging Party for Unhoused Visitors
As a community that gathers at the height of Capitol Hill, Saint Mark's often welcomes visitors who are unhoused or are otherwise in need of basic supplies. The Vestry recently discussed creating a small care packet for visitors in need with these basic items: hand sanitizing wipes, small water bottle, protein snack, pair of socks, list of social services in the Capitol Hill area, rain poncho, toothbrush, travel-sized toothpaste, small notepad and pen. You are invited to join in this intergenerational gathering to assemble items in gallon size Ziplock bags. At the end of the gathering, the packets will be blessed by a clergy member.
Sign up to bring care packet items here via SignUpGenius. This list provides the specific items and quantities needed. Drop off the materials prior to the event in the nave coffee corner bin or bring them no later than 10:10m to the Bloedel Hall packing party. Questions? Email Kristen Kelly (email@example.com) or Doug Thorpe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Planning Your Funeral as a Lenten Spiritual Practice
Led by Dean Thomason.
For several years we’ve invited every adult at Saint Mark’s, regardless of age, to engage in the Lenten spiritual practice of planning your funeral and to preparing (or reviewing) your will and estate plans. Making these plans now will be a priceless gift to your loved ones when the time comes. As Christians, we do not deny death as a reality of life, but we deal honestly with the stark truth that we all die. Lent is an especially appropriate time for this, and all are welcome to attend this Sunday Forum, offered between the 9 and 11 a.m. morning services in Bloedel Hall.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
New Ministry Launch: Queer in Christ
Queer in Christ, a new ministry forming at Saint Mark’s, welcomes all whether you identify as part of the queer community, you are an ally, or you just want to find out more. We gather together in fellow-ship and friendship while learning more about being queer in the church. Join us on Sunday, February 19 for a forum in Bloedel Hall between the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services to learn more about this new ministry, what got us started, and what the future looks like. Questions? Contact Sacristan Michael Seewer at email@example.com or Canon Rosario-Cruz at: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: A video of this forum is now available here.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Valentine's Day Crafts for All Ages
Parishioners of all ages are invited to Bloedel Hall between the morning services to craft some handmade valentines at 10 a.m. The valentines will be send to community members who are ill or homebound. Muffins and fruit will be served!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall or online via Zoom
A Forum with Casa Latina
Saint Mark’s welcome back Casa Latina! Come and hear the inspiring personal stories of challenges, transformation, and their work in affirming rights for Latinx workers. Saint Mark’s is so grateful to be in relationship with Casa Latina, and to hear first-hand how our Latinx neighbors are making a difference in the community. Join in person OR participate online.
UPDATE: A complete video recording is now available here.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
"Friends Talking"—Phil Cousineau
An information conversation with Dean Thomason and writer and filmmaker Phil Cousineau.
Phil Cousineau is an award-winning writer and filmmaker, story consultant and editor, travel leader and inspirational speaker on myth in the modern world. He has published more than 40 books, including The Hero's Journey: Joseph Campbell on His Life and Work, The Oldest Story in the World, and The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred. Learn more about Phil here.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
"Friends Talking"—The Rev. Canon Carla Robinson
Saint Mark's is honored to welcome (back) The Rev. Canon Carla Robinson, Canon for Multicultural Ministries & Community Transformation of the Diocese of Olympia, as guest preacher on January 15, the weekend of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Carla served as a Lutheran pastor for 13 years before coming to the Episcopal Church. After being received into this communion in 2001, she was an active member of Saint Mark’s Cathedral for several years. Following her ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of Olympia in 2009, she also served for a time as Priest Associate at the cathedral. She is renowned for her compelling sermons, and has been awarded the Bishop's Preaching Award multiple times. Between the 9 and 11 a.m. services that morning, Carla will participate in a "Friends Talking" forum with Dean Thomason in Bloedel Hall.
Intergenerational Cookie Swap and Holiday Fun
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Between the morning services on Sunday December 11, Bloedel Hall will host a cookie swap! Please come, with or without cookies, but if you are able, we'd love you to bring two dozen of your favorite homemade cookies and a copy of the recipe to share.
You’ll go home with other delicious treats and new recipes to try! We’ll also wrap gifts for Lowell Elementary School children and hear Libby Carr read her new book, How Do the Reindeer Fly?
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
An Update from Jaime & Keiko
Jaime Rubio, along with his wife Keiko and son Yoshi, lived in Sanctuary at Saint Mark's for over three years, while he was under threat of deportation and separation form his family. Following the re-opening of his case and the removal of the threat of immediate deportation in April 2022, hear how they are doing now that they've left the Saint Mark's property, and the current status of his ongoing legal case.
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.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
How to Use and Love the Carbon Tracker
All are welcome to join members of the Creation Care and the Children and Family Ministries committees to learn more about using the Carbon Tracker at sustainislandhome.org, an important tool in Saint Mark's goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2030. There will be ways for children and youth to actively engage in this planet-saving work! Learn more here.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Between the 9 and 11 a.m. services this Sunday, the Stewardship Committee members will host an open forum in Bloedel Hall. Committee members will be present to share their own stories about their spiritual journeys with stewardship and what gratitude, thankfulness, and stewardship means to them. An open microphone will allow any willing participants to share their own stories as well, or ask questions about how Saint Mark's practices stewardship in its many forms. Please come and be part of our month of reflection, prayer, and commitment.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Thomsen Chapel
Introduction to Godly Play
As the children's faith formation team begins to reintroduce Godly Play, the Montessori-based program of Christian formation, parents and children ages 3 to 8 are invited to come to Thomsen Chapel this Sunday at 10:10 a.m. for the Parable of the Mustard Seed, led by Hannah Hochkeppel and Kristen Kelly.
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: email@example.com
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.
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, 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
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
SUNDAY, MAY 1, 10:10–10:50 A.M., Bloedel Hall
Sunday Forum with the Seattle Service Corps
Join the Seattle Service Corps for reflections and Q&A about their experiences of the program year so far, impressions of Seattle, and a discussion of what's next as they look toward the end of the year on June 30. Questions? E-mail Adam Conley at firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: a complete video may be seen here.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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, 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:
- "How Christians Interpret the Gospel" from Mythmakers: Gospel, Culture, and the Media by William F. Fore
- "The Good, the True, and the Beautiful" from Jesus Through the Centuries by Jaroslav Pelikan
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:
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.
SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 12:30–2 P.M. (note afternoon time), via Zoom only
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 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 email@example.com.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020, 10 A.M. (note: before the morning liturgy), via Zoom only
2020 Annual Parish Meeting, Part 2
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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
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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.