On Sunday mornings, September-May, the Sunday Forum meets from 10:10 until 11 a.m. in the large Fellowship Hall (in the parish house). All are welcome (you do not have to be a member to attend anything at St. Stephen's) and no registration is required. On most Sundays, the rector or other St. Stephen's clergy speak. On other Sundays, we welcome outstanding guest speakers.
On occasion, the staff leads offerings especially for parents of young children, such as a session on prayer being led by the Rev. Mary Sulerud and the Rev. Weston Mathews on Sunday, October 5. These sessions take place at the same time as Sunday school and the Forum, 10:10 a.m., and are held in Palmer Hall. They are publicized in advance through the Spirit, the eSpirit, and the children's ministry email newsletter.
Fall 2014 Forum speakers
September 14 | Gary Jones
September 21 | Gary Jones
September 28 | Gary Jones
October 5 | Charlie Fox (description below)
October 12 | Michael Sweeney and others speak about youth at St. Stephen's, including last summer's trip to the Dominican Republic; here's a preview of the video they will show.
October 19 | Anne LeClaire, author of Listening Below the Noise, speaks about the practice of silence
October 26 | Heidi Schmidt and Monica Vega, our missionaries in Brazil, speak about the situation in that country
November 2 | Gary Jones
November 9 | Gary Jones
November 16 | Deb Lawrence and parish outreach leaders and volunteers talk about our local, national and international mission work
November 23 | Martin Laird, author of Into the Silent Land; topic TBA
November 30 | Advent program (details TBA)
December 7 | Gary Jones
December 14 | Penny Nash and Steven Dalle Mura discuss Brian McLaren's new book, We Make the Road by Walking (the basis for a new Bible study program at St. Stephen's)
December 21 and 28 | No forum
Recently, Charlie Fox made a fascinating pilgrimage through one of the world's most important and troubled regions, walking for days along the Israel National Trail. This trip took Charlie deeper into the hearts, minds and lives of a people and nation that is very much at the center of the world's attention and controversy today. Many have suggested that much of the turmoil and violence we are witnessing in Iraq and Syria, for example, have their roots in the area where Charlie walked – eating, drinking and staying with local residents. Charlie has a uniquely informed perspective to offer, and we are honored to have him speaking in the Forum on Sunday, October 5.