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The Forum Schedule: Autumn/Winter 2016

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Sundays, Breakfast at 9:15am, The Forum from 9:30-10:20 a.m.

At the Grand Historic Venue, next door to the Church at 225 North Charles Street


September 18, 2016

Top Ten Proofs of God’s Existence

Faith reaches beyond logical proof, but over the centuries people have come up with many thoughtful arguments as evidence for God’s existence. The Rev. Mark Stanley, Rector of Old St. Paul’s, will take us through the most popular and influential lines of reasoning. Whether they are persuasive or not, they can give insights into God’s nature and help with us with the task of growing in our religious thinking.


September 25, 2016

Becoming Agents of Divine Love: A Contemporary Look at the Virtues and Vices  

Dr. Matthew Rothaus Moser is Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland. Moser teaches courses on spirituality, imagination, and religious literature. He has a book coming out in November entitled, Love Itself is Understanding: Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Theology of the Saints, which focuses on the intersection of philosophy and prayer in the Christian life.


October 2, 2016

Caring For Each Other As Our Church Grows

Join The Rev. Mary Luck Stanley, Associate Rector, for a conversation about what typically happens when churches grow larger in membership. How could our congregation adapt as we welcome more members into our community? What are the signs of a healthy or unhealthy congregation? How might our church avoid falling into certain ruts so that we can continue striving to be the warm, welcoming, inclusive, and loving community that we are all cherish?


October 9, 2016

The Separation of Church from State?

The United States Constitution promises that the government will stay out of religion. Does this mean religion should stay out of government, including public policy and voting? Does the Christian voter have a duty to vote in favor of one side over another? What resources are available to the Christian to help answer these questions? Join The Rev. Dr. Chris Dreisbach, who is an Episcopal priest as well as being a professor of ethics at John’s Hopkins and a professor of theology at the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary.


October 16, 2016

A Place Where Lives Are Changed: Old St. Paul’s, Baltimore

Join The Rev. Mary Luck Stanley, and a panel of members from our church, who will stir up conversation and brainstorming about the ways people have seen lives being changed at Old St. Paul’s. How has your life been changed because of your participation at St. Paul’s? We would love to hear from you about your own experiences and your witness of others as their lives have been changed.


October 23, 2016

Lavender & Thistle: One Church’s Effort to Combat Human Trafficking

Dr. Pamela D. H. Cochran, a historian of American religion, will be talking about human trafficking and efforts to end it in the Baltimore area. Pam is a professor of theology at Loyola University Maryland who has spearheaded the use of church-owned farmland to raise lavender for use by Thistle Farms, a company in Nashville that works to change the world by employing women who have survived slavery, addiction, and prostitution


October 30, 2016

Spiritual Leadership for the Congregation We Cherish

“Spiritual Leadership” engages every member of the congregation.  Your congregation’s spiritual leaders include clergy, wardens, vestry, historic members, and volunteers.  Maybe you do not yet see yourself as a spiritual leader but you are making a positive impact on your congregation. Our guest speaker, The Rev. Dr. Carol Pinkham Oak, recently retired as the Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ellicott City where she served for more than ten years.


November 6, 2016

The Blessings of Enough-ness

Spiritual and economic well-being are intimately connected,   not through the endless pursuit of more, but through the satisfying attainment of enough. Feeling complete with enough is good for the soul, and because it creates less material and energy demands, it is good for the earth.  How do we construct an economy and a culture of enough-ness? In addition to being a popular author, Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin has founded a number of organizations including the Baltimore Jewish Environmental Network, and the Baltimore Orchard Project.


November 13, 2016

We Hung a Rainbow Flag, Now What?

Join Amber Herzer, St Paul’s Social Justice and Service Chair, for an ongoing conversation about opportunities for the church to become a more inclusive and welcoming congregation for the Baltimore Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community. Amber Herzer is an active LGBTQ ally and leads the LGBTQ Employee Resource Group at CareFirst.


November 20, 2016

Honest to God

Anglican Bishop John Robinson wrote the highly controversial book Honest to God in 1963. Labeled as radical (and even heretical) by some, Robinson was attempting to make the Christian faith accessible and reasonable to a 20th century audience. Join The Rev. Mark Stanley, Rector, to look at the ideas presented in this groundbreaking Christian classic.


November 27, 2016

Advent Wreath Making (event for all ages)

Join us in the Undercroft for this beloved annual holiday event where our members will create their very own Advent wreaths for use at home.


December 4, 2016

Racism: An Ecological Threat

Join Dr. Pan Conrad to explore how diversity stabilizes an ecosystem and how racism becomes an environmental threat of planetary scale and proportion. The transformation of unearned privilege into unparalleled justice presents an opportunity to dismantle racism and manifest the “Kin-dom” of God. Pan Conrad is an astrobiologist and mineralogist with the Planetary Environment Laboratory at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Currently working on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, Pan is also a seminarian seeking to be a priest in the Episcopal Church


December 11, 2016

Made In The Image of God: Sexism, Gender Bias, & the Fair Treatment of Women

Join Dr. Patricia Quintero-Hall, Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs at the Community College of Baltimore County, who will coordinate a panel of speakers, to hear stories from our own members about how they have experienced sexism in their lives. This will be a listening experience with all being invited to open their hearts and minds to really hear about the experiences of injustice in people’s lives. Join us to practice your skills at being in solidarity with your fellow Christians.


December 18, 2016

Listening for the Mystery: Storytelling & Concert

Monica Laytham is a Chicago based musician, singer and songwriter who has recently released her first album, “becoming home”. For her, music emerges from silence and solitude, and corporate singing is a gentle way to build trust in communities. She has spent 2016 on a grassroots musical tour of the country leading her to stay with spiritual communities all over the U.S. She performs concerts of her original music in living rooms and church buildings, and gathers stories and songs from host communities.


Christmas Day & New Year’s Day: No Educational Programs