St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
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Sunday Forum 2013-14

Sunday morning education for adults
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.
January 5, 2014 | Gary Jones, Who Were the Wise Men?
January 12 | Gary Jones, History of the Episcopal Church
January 19 | Deb Lawrence, Director of Outreach for St. Stephen's, and Mike Maruca, Head of Annual Julia Cooper School, outreach ministries presentation
January 26 | Annual Council report
February 2 | Annual Parish Meeting; no Sunday Forum
February 9 | The Rev. Francis (Frank) Wade, author of The Art of Being Together
February 16 | Gary Jones, Book of Common Prayer
February 23 | Tony Jones, Emergence Christianity (audio) (pictured, left)
March 2 | Bernard McGinn, pre-eminent scholar on Christian mysticism (a second session will take place after the 11:15 a.m. service; read more about this option on the Guest Speakers page) (audio)
March 9 | Br. Curtis Almquist of the Society of St. John the Evangelist (audio); sermon is on the Sermons page
March 16 | Gary Jones
March 23 | The Rev. John Philip Newell, author of Christ of the Celts and A New Harmony
March 30 | Dale Martin, Biblical Scholar-in-Residence
April 6 | The Very Rev. Katherine (Kate) Bingham Moorehead, Dean of St. John’s Cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida (pictured), and author of Organic God: Lenten Meditations on the Words of Jesus and Resurrecting Easter. Audio of her April 6 Forum presentation on Resurrecting Easter is here. (Her sermon is on our Sermons page).
April 13 | Palm Sunday; no Forum
April 20 | Easter Day; no Forum
April 27 | Dale Martin, Biblical Scholar-in-Residence
May 4 | Children's and Youth Ministry Staff | Audio (note: not all speakers were mic'd, so the audio is inconsistent, and unfortunately cut out before Allison Twente and Sue Reichel spoke)
May 11 | Penny Nash | Audio
Forum resumes in September
Previous speakers (Fall 2013)

September 15 | Gary Jones 
September 22 | Jill McCorkle, author of
Life After Life | audio (please note: during the Q & A, people asking questions are not mic'ed so you may hear stretches of silence)

September 29 | Gary Jones (including brief presentation on the Annual Giving Campaign by John Crowder, Bill Tyson, Betsy Tyson, Mary Bacon Crowder) audio | video shown by campaign chairs
October 6 | Presentation on St. Stephen's Outreach featuring members of the youth team who went to the Dominican Republic last summer, Deb Lawrence, and others | video shown by Michael Sweeney about youth trip to the DR
October 13 | Victoria Loustalot, author of This is How You Say Goodbye | audio (during Q & A, since the audience is not mic'd, there are periods of silence)
October 20 | Gary Jones
October 27 | David R. Anderson, author of Losing Your Faith, Finding Your Soul | Read a recent column by David Anderson | audio of David's Forum presentation
November 3 | Gary Jones 
November 10 | Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene/Thistle Farms, speaking about the new "Thistle Stop Cafe" | Read more about Becca and her visit here | Hear Becca's Forum presentation here  (please note: during the Q & A, people asking questions are not mic'ed so you may hear stretches of silence)
November 17 | Weezie Blanchard and Briget Ganske discuss our future in Brazil 
November 24 | Advent wreath making; no Rector's Forum
December 1 | Advent I; Martin Laird, author of Into the Silent Land and
A Sunlit Absence
December 8 | Gary Jones: John the Baptist 
December 15 | Gary Jones: "How Can That Be?"  audio
Time and again, prominent characters in the Bible question God, Jesus, prophets, and angels about the reasonableness of God’s promises.  Think about Moses, Zechariah, the Virgin Mary, and the apostles, just to name a few.  One character, Sarah, simply laughed.  But the Christian faith seems to invite us to become people of great hope and expectation.  In this Sunday Forum, the rector addresses the topic of being a reasonable person with a great faith.
December 22 | Gary Jones
December 29 | No Forum
Biblical Scholar-in-Residence
Prof. Dale Martin, Woolsey Professor of Religious Studies at Yale University, will be our Biblical Scholar-in-Residence next spring. He will be at St. Stephen's for two weekends in 2014, March 29-30 and April 26-27, teaching a two-part series on the historical Jesus on Saturdays. During these visits, he will also speak in the Rector's Forum. A description is here.