Winter 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. 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. Forums are held in Bloedel Hall in Cathedral House, except as noted.


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!


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!


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 Monthly Mix - a brunch gathering for all ages!


Bring a brunch dish to share! This monthly brunch gathering varies in topic and activity, and is meant to appeal to parishioners of all ages.


Mideast Focus Film Series Preview

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

Announcing the Sixth Annual Mideast Focus Film Series! This year’s theme is “Finding Home.” Refugees are struggling for survival—at our own borders, and at the borders in Gaza, and in the West Bank. How can we understand their reality, and the role we play in it? Catch this preview of the films coming up in this series.


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.


Past forums from this season

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.