The Forum

Conversations on Contemporary Christian Living

Sundays on zoom

Coffee HOUR 11:00 AM
The Forum 11:15 AM
*after 10:00 AM service.  

BE YE NOT AFRAID: WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT LIVING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES?
with THE REV. YEJIDE PETERS

Sunday, November 8th

It almost goes without saying that 2020 has been a year filled with uncertainty and anxiety. The Bible reminds us that this is nothing new for God’s people. The Rev. Yejide Peters will lead us in an exploration of what wisdom Scripture might offer about how to live in uncertain times with faith, hope, and love.   A native New Yorker, the Rev. Yejide Peters is now Vicar of St. Mary’s and St. Alkmund’s Churches in Shrewsbury, England. Before moving across the Atlantic, she served as the Rector of All Saints’ Church in Briarcliff Manor, New York, from 2011-2019. A leading preacher and teacher in the Episcopal Church, Yejide has also served parishes in Virginia and Connecticut.

Living in the Sacred Circle: learning from young people in South Dakota
with the Rev. RITA POWELL

Sunday, November 15th

Rev. Powell is the chaplain for the Harvard Episcopal Community. After undergraduate work in the religion of sports, (Columbia University, where she served as captain of the varsity softball team,) she got her M.Div from Yale Divinity School, where she focused on spirituality of food. She spent a stretch living and working with the monastic community in Taizé, France, and served as the Youth Missioner in the Diocese of South Dakota before coming to Boston as the Associate Rector for Liturgy and Music at Trinity Church in Copley Square. She lives in Belmont, MA, with her husband and two children.

"And God saw that it was good": Biblical Faith & Today's Ecological Crisis

Sunday, November 22nd

Ellen F. Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School. The author of eleven books and many articles, her research interests focus on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their response to urgent public issues, particularly the ecological crisis and interfaith relations. 

Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible integrates biblical studies with a critique of industrial agriculture and food production. Professor Davis went to Duke in 2001, having previously taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York, Yale Divinity School, and Virginia Theological Seminary. 

A lay Episcopalian, she is active as a theological consultant within the Anglican Communion; since 2004, she has worked with the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan to develop theological education, community health, and sustainable agriculture.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel: Advent Reflections on the Name of Jesus
November 29th  – “O Emmanuel” – The Rev. Derek Stefanovsky 
December 6th – “O Wisdom” – The Rev. Susan Wyper
December 13th – “O Root of Jesse” – Naomi Cunningham
December 20th – “O Dayspring” – The Rev. Ryan Fleenor 
 
The verses of the ancient hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”, explore and celebrate the many names of Jesus. Drawn from the book of Isaiah, the O Antiphons have been sung in churches and
monastic communities since at least the eighth century. These beautiful and awe-inspiring phrases present a way for us to reflect on different aspects of Jesus’s identity as the One who comes to save us.