From fall to spring, on Sunday mornings we offer the Adult Forum at 9:15am, a chance for formation before or after worship . We often highlight social justice issues and opportunities for spiritual growth.
(more dates will be added as speakers are confirmed)
Sept. 24 Faithful Action Forum: The State of our Relationships with Rep Joe Adams, The Rev. Marc Smith, and the Rector
After a week and a few days of protests following the Stockley verdict, we pause to reflect on our collective voice in the face of racism and strife. How are we responding to the actions in our streets? How can we continued to build a movement for justice? What hopeful steps are possible? Come with your questions, frustrations, doubts, and hopes for our community.
Oct. 1 St. Francis Day Animal Blessing (No Forum)
On St. Francis day we won’t host a breakfast or forum because so many of us will be busy getting our animals ready for the St. Francis Day blessing. Join us after church for blessings, and a fiesta!
Oct. 8 One Book, One Parish: The Third Reconstruction
Join in our discussion of William Barber’s “The Third Reconstruction.”
Oct. 15 Stewardship Kickoff – The Stewardship Committee
Oct. 22 African-American Music – Dawn Padmore
Our special guest musician join us to talk about the music of Africa and African American culture just before our Music Festival featuring her voice.
Oct. 29 Origin & History of Church Music – Conner Scott
May 7: (Un)Learning Violence, (Re)Learning Hope” with Dr. Mai-Anh Tran.
Mai-Anh Tran, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Christian Education at Eden Seminary, will lead this morning’s Adult Forum discussion, “(Un)Learning Violence, (Re)Learning Hope.” Dr. Tran, a deacon in the United Methodist Church, is widely recognized for her work on strategies for Christian formation.
May 14: Women’s Voices Raised for Justice with Lise Bernstein
Lise Bernstein, President of Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, will discuss the organization’s mission and recent “Lock It for Love” partnership with the diocese at our May 14 Adult Forum. Ms. Bernstein was recognized as a St. Louis Woman of Achievement by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for her her social justice advocacy and is an active member of Central Reformed Congregation.
May 21: Victims’ Advocacy
Kate Alexander, a Victim Advocate at Crime Victim Advocacy Center (CVAC), will lead the Adult Forum discussion of the social and psychological consequences of violence and public policy options in response to them.
April 2: Handel’s Messiah in Lent
The Rev. Marc Smith presents the final chapter of the discussion he started in Advent about the influences of Handel’s master choral work, the church history and politics of the time, and what Handel has to say to Christians today.
April 9: Presenting Holy Week
The clergy lead an inter-generational conversation about Holy week, giving us a preview of the week ahead.
April 16: Easter Sunday, there was no adult forum.
April 23: Update on the Gannon House
Kara Cummins from the building committee gave us an update on the Gannon House. You can see her powerpoint presentation online here.
April 3o: Housing the Lost Boys
Continuing our March Conversation, “Making a House a Home for Justice,” our junior warden Susan Norris led a discussion about the work of her former church in the Boston area that houses a group of the Lost Boys of the Sudan.
March 2017 Series: “Making a House a Home for Justice”
In March, we’re used the adult forum as a vehicle for conversation as we discern how we will use our house. Holy Communion is renovating a house we own on Gannon Street, immediately behind the church. We’ll be hearing from leaders involved in various “housing based” ministries.
March 5: “For I was a Stranger,”
Debbie Morris Smith, volunteer coordinator for the International Institute of St. Louis (and wife of Bishop Smith of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri) lead us in a discussion about how faith communities can welcome refugees (and sometimes even house them).
March 19: Magdalene House
The Rev. Hope Jernagen, Executive Director of Magdalene House will be with us to talk about this new program, founded through the Episcopal church. Magdalene St. Louis is a residential community for women who have survived lives of sexual exploitation, violence and addiction. Women receive up to two years of housing, healthcare, and a compassionate community of sisterhood and support.
March 26: Talking about Sanctuary
Annie Rice, a local immigration attorney, will be with us to talk about the Sanctuary movement. This session is not legal advice, but a discussion about how various religious organizations are responding to the needs of undocumented immigrants under threat of deportation. For background on sanctuary, and some great articles and podcasts, check out our resources from this month’s theology on tap.
Also in March:
March 12: Handel’s Messiah in Lent
The Rev. Marc Smith continues the discussion he started in Advent about the influences of Handel’s master choral work, the church history and politics of the time, and what Handel has to say to Christians today.
February 5: Why I Marched, a Holy Communion discussion about Activism, moderated by The Rev. Marc Smith and including stories from Mary Haggerty, Susan Norris, and Karen Payne
February 12: Toward a Diversity Statement: The rector and members of our Diversity task force talk with the congregation about naming diversity
February 19: Imaging the church: Deborah Nelson Linck, of Hands On Black History, kicks off a collaborative art project with the parish.
February 26: The State of Anti-Racism with The Rev. Chester Hines, chair of the Dismantling Racism Commission is our guest presenter (and preacher) as we look at the legacy of anti-racist work in the Diocese, the future, and we unveil a portrait of The Rev. Emery Washington, our longtime priest associate.
January 15 and 22nd: The Rev. Dr. Deborah Krause, Dean of Eden Seminary
Dr. Krause will be our guest presenter for a two-part series focusing on Matthew’s Gospel. Dr. Krause is Eden Seminary’s Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament. An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Deborah serves the church through social justice advocacy work, teaching, preaching and scholarship. Mark your calendar and plan to attend!
Hear Dr. Krause’s presentations:
January 29: Annual Meeting the annual meeting of The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion will be held between the services on Sunday January 29.