The Forum

Sundays on Zoom

Coffee hour at 11AM - Forum at 11:15AM

Our weekly adult formation offering has a new name: Pathways is now “The Forum!” Designed to delve deeply into the big questions of what it means to live as Christians in our contemporary society, the Forum is a space to engage with our clergy and special guest presenters about the things that matter most. Join us for Zoom coffee hour after the 10AM service and stay for stimulating conversation with thought leaders from around the country.

This fall, our overarching theme will be “Living Word: How the Scriptures lead us into action.” As 21st century Christians wrestling with the issues of our day, the Bible continues to inspire and challenge us as we seek to live out our faith. Come join us!

Reading the bible In a time of pandemic
with the rev. Ryan fleenor

Sunday, September 20th

Our weekly adult formation offering has a new name: Pathways is now “The Forum”! Designed to delve deeply into the big questions of what it means to live as Christians in our contemporary society, the Forum will follow a brief Zoom coffee hour after the 10:00 AM Eucharist. This fall, our overarching theme will be “Living Word: How the Scriptures lead us into action.” The Rev. Ryan Fleenor kicks us off this Sunday with “Reading the Bible in a Time of Pandemic.”

If God Spoke English, That's Good Enough For Me
with Rabbi Geoff Mitelman

Sunday, September 27th

The Bible we read is a translation, and often through multiple different languages — most commonly, Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. And just like idioms and phrases in other languages don’t translate into English, an understanding of the Hebrew, its context and its meaning can help us understand what it means for us today. We’ll look at a few common biblical phrases and what they really meant in their context — like how we  often misunderstand at least three of the Ten Commandments! 

Entering "Paradise" - Four Different Ways of Reading the Same Verse
with rabbi geoff mitelman

Sunday, October 4th

Biblical text and its interpretation have always gone hand in hand in Judaism, and one well-known method is called “PaRDeS” (which, in English, became “paradise.)” It’s an acronym for four different Hebrew words that lead us into deeper and deeper analysis of the text, and we’ll discuss how this method arose, why it’s used, and then apply it on a few verses from the Hebrew Bible.

Lectio Divina, a monastic form of scriptural prayer
with Br. Bernard Delcourt

Sunday, October 11th

Br. Bernard Delcourt is a Benedictine Monk at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY. Br. Bernard will explore the relationship of personal prayer and scripture while offering an overview of Lectio Divina, a monastic form of scriptural prayer.

Br. Bernard is the Prior of the monastery focusing on the administration of works and ministries of the monks, building projects, fund-raising and finance. He is also a Spiritual Director and a teacher of Centering Prayer. He has been a monk for 16 years. He is originally from Belgium. Br. Bernard also blogs about the life of the monastery at The Prior’s Column.