The Sunday Forum is a well-attended series of lectures held each year on Sunday mornings from 11:15-12:15pm in MacColl Auditorium, which is located in the Parish House on the side of the parking opposite our church. These lectures have hosted nationally and internationally known speakers and have drawn many visitors to visit and join St. Thomas Church.
Beloved speaker Rabbi Greg Marx will help us use Midrash, a Jewish practice for reading Scripture, to examine three famous Hebrew Scriptures. We will examine the biblical narratives of the Garden of Eden, the Sacrifice of Isaac and the Exodus to see what these stories can mean for us today.
January 6: All Parish Breakfast at 11:15am in MacColl Auditorium (No Forum) Join us for our annual Epiphany all-parish breakfast.
January 13: Joining God’s Mission with The Reverend Canon Toneh Smyth – Join the Canon for Mission as she shares with us what the diocese is doing to address mental health and addiction concerns, wide missions/events that address national and global issues (e.g. poverty, racism, discrimination, health disparity, legislative changes, acts of violence); and opportunities for St. Thomas’ to partner with the diocese.
Canon Smyth is a licensed social worker with a master’s degree in Health Service Administration, with over 13 years’ experience working in the non -profit industry. As the Canon for Mission she engages churches, communities, and other denominations in: addressing systematic societal conditions that undermine human dignity such as discrimination, food insecurity, economic hardship, addiction, and access to education.
January 20th at 11:15am – PAC-A-THON – in MacColl Auditorium -Save the Date! – Become the hands and feet of God and join over 200 parishioners and preschool families with children, teenagers and adults of all ages in MacColl Auditorium as we pack 15,000 meals in 90 minutes to help food insecure people around the world and share Christ’s love. Sign up here to help: http://events.stophungernow.org/OP19
January 27 – “Till We Have Faces.” A fascinating presentation with Dr. Brian Burke – Fascinated by the myth of Cupid and Psyche throughout his life, C. S. Lewis wrote this, his last novel, to retell their story from the perspective of Psyche’s sister, Orual. “I saw well why the gods do not speak to us openly, nor let us answer…Why should they hear the babble that we think we mean?” Long-time Philadelphian Brian Burke graduated from Episcopal Academy in 1962 and Harvard University in 1966. He was a longtime distinguished teacher who taught Latin, Greek and English at Germantown Academy from 1966 to 2005.
February 3 – “Through Him All Things Were Made: Christology, Time, and the Doctrine of Creation,” with The Rev. Dr. Kara Slade
How do we think about our beginnings, and the beginning of all things? How do we think about time, either explicitly or implicitly? In this forum, we will talk about the doctrine of creation, the role of Christ as the Word made flesh, and the very real moral and theological implications of this doctrine for how we live our lives as creatures who exist in time.
Kara serves as Associate Chaplain at Episcopal Chaplaincy at Princeton University and Associate Rector at Trinity Church. She lives in Procter House with her dog, Deacon of Durham. Kara received her PhD in Christian theology and ethics at Duke University in 2018, with research interests that include Karl Barth, Søren Kierkegaard, and the ethics of science, technology, and medicine. A former specialist in the dynamics of nonlinear and complex systems, she earned the BSE, MS, and PhD in mechanical engineering and materials science at the Duke Pratt School of Engineering (and served on the faculty there) before joining NASA as a research engineer. After leaving government service, she returned to Duke in 2009 as a student in the Divinity School and stayed on for her second doctorate.
February 10 – RenewalWorks Presentation, Barbara Kozemchak, ASF chairs, and Rev. Liz Costello
In Fall of 2018, 138 St Thomas’ parishioners took the RenewalWorks Spiritual Inventory, and the results are fascinating! During this forum, we will describe where respondents are today in their spiritual beliefs, practices and faith in action, and what they are hungry for in terms of spiritual growth. We will look at how they feel St Thomas’ is supporting them in their spiritual needs, and what we could do better. The RenewalWorks Task Force, which discussed the inventory results in four sessions, will present ideas on ways to help parishioners go deeper in their spirituality, as well as thoughts on spiritual qualities we may seek in a new rector.
February 17 – Transition Conversation – Coffee Talk: Enjoy round table conversation that helps assess our ministries. Share how your experience with small groups at St. Thomas’ have created fellowship and friendships. Identify traditions that animate us.