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This week on the Forum: our rector is in conversation with our consultant, Hannah Shanks who has been working with Grace Gathering since the Rev. Laurie’s departure. Grace gathering is a welcoming worship experience for people of diverse ages, abilities, and faith journeys. It is a place where families and caregivers worship along-side those they c…
 
This Mother's Day, an unconventional sermon. The rector invited three mothers in the congregation to talk about their experience of mothering. We give thanks for Debbie Nelson-Linck, Karen Payne, Emilee Walker Cornetta, and all mothers and those who practice mothering virtues.By Holy Communion
 
The early church in Acts encounters God’s Spirit working in people who are unlike them, that perhaps may even offend them, and as they do, they are invited to convert all over again to the way of God in Christ. Beholding the unconventional, but also unquestionable work of the Spirit, they face the question: are you ready?…
 
This, friends, is the radical dream of Jesus: that his followers would exercise a different kind of power. Jesus imagined a world where power was exercised differently, where we understood power differently. In the Kingdom of God, or as Dr. King translated, in the beloved community, power is measured in compassion, in healing. Power is measured by …
 
This forum is part of our ongoing discussion around housing policy. Professor Todd Swantrom has studied housing policy and justice throughout his career. He came to St. Louis, in part, to study the "most depopulated city in the world." He talks about the concept of gentrification and asks whether St. Louis is actually experiencing its effects.Click…
 
Our seminarian takes us through the different layers of Biblical interpretation using the Song of Songs. How have Christians interpreted this sensual love poems? What can in mean for us today? Join us for virtual coffee hour Sunday at 11:30am for a discussion of today’s forum.By Holy Communion
 
On March 24 at 4:30​​pm, we conclude (for now) a set of conversations with interfaith leaders. We'll be joined by Karma Lekshe Tsomo. Dr. Tsomo is a Buddhist Nun, a professor of religious studies, and a leader in Buddhist feminism. She integrates scholarship and social activism through her work for education and women's rights in Buddhism. Get a “T…
 
The final class asks how the church is a blessing to our neighborhood, our city, our world. We look at the engagement of Christians in justice, and ask what it means to be part of a church that takes a stand. We will also ask whether we are discerning a particular place in this community, and how we might be invited by God to engage the life of the…
 
Dr. Alex Stefaniak presents a discussion of the music of Holy Week. (You can see our whole schedule for Holy Week at https://holycommunion.net/holy-week-2021/ ) This will be the last forum for a little while. We'll take a break for Palm Sunday and Easter. We'll be back on April 11. Join us for coffee hour Sunday at 11:30am for a discussion of today…
 
On March 10 at 5:30​pm, we continue a new set of conversations with interfaith leaders. Dr. James Croft and the Rev. Mike Angell will dialogue together about what it means to be a person of faith in today’s America. This dialogue will intentionally engage around questions of atheism, belief and what it means to be a congregation. Get a “Table Group…
 
What are the systems that structure our world to which God says, zealously, furiously, NO? Where in our common life do we find Jesus turning over tables? How are those systems that God condemns—the inequality, injustice and exploitation we call sin—thriving among us, we who are the temple of God?By Holy Communion
 
This class takes us through the "Way of Love" practices of Rest and Pray. What are the practices of Prayer, Contemplation, and reflection that can sustain us from day to day, week to week? How does the balance of contemplation/meditation/prayer encounter a life out in the world. In this session, we will learn about some of the deep resources in the…
 
This week on the Forum, the Rev. Mike Angell talks about the “third rail” of theology. Are there ways to engage the “power” of gender in the Bible without just fighting the clobber verses? Join us Sunday at virtual Coffee Hour as we continue the conversation.By Holy Communion
 
The Rev. Dr. Ben Sanders III, assistant professor of theological ethics at Eden Seminary, will be with us as we look at the place of the Black Church within American and worldwide Christianity. Professor Sanders and the Rev. Mike Angell will dialogue together about what it means to be a person of faith in today’s America.…
 
The Rev. Chester Hines, Elizabeth Hines, and Lisa Gould of the diocese’s Commission on Racism will explore the socioeconomic, political, psychological, and religious consequences of the closure of institutions which have served St. Louis’ Black community.By Holy Communion
 
This class is an introduction the Holy Eucharist. Also called Communion, the Lord’s Supper, The Mass (among other names). Eucharist is the way we most often gather in The Episcopal Church (outside a pandemic). The rector talks through the central questions of Sacraments and Communion.By Holy Communion
 
Without a doubt, the Ashes are a powerful symbol. They hold meaning for many, but in this year when most of us won't receive Ashes, in a year when we've already given up so much, I want to invite you to take the chance to pause, to reflect, to get some perspective.By Holy Communion
 
Maharat Rori and the Rev. Mike Angell will dialogue together about what it means to be a person of faith in today’s America. Christianity and Judaism share many perspectives, and the important differences in our history, especially the violent history of Christian anti-Semitism, mean that our two faiths have important differences.…
 
The Annual Meeting on January 31 at 4pm will elect members of the vestry. The vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property (that is to say, the vestry functions like a non-profit board). Our vestry consists of nine members, elected to staggered three year terms. This year's candida…
 
In this session, we look at a few specific texts, and we'll explore how the Bible has been interpreted. We will ask, do you have to read Scripture as a fundamentalist to take it seriously? This class finishes with a look at how Scripture can be read as part of prayer.By Holy Communion
 
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