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.  

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.
 
 
Sacred Conversations on Race
with Rev. Kris Watson

Sunday, January 17th 

What does the phrase “We The People” actually mean as Christians in this time and place? Reverend Kris Watson, co-teacher of our upcoming Sacred Conversations to End Racism class, teaches us about the history of racism and the beginning of these United States.

Rev. Kris Watson is a nationally certified trainer in the Sacred Conversations to End Racism curriculum of the United Church of Christ, training multiple clergy and lay people nationally in the important work to dismantle white supremacy. Rev. Kris currently serves as an Associate Minister at Safe Haven UCC in Ridgewood, NY. She also serves as the Executive Administrator of the Metropolitan Association of the NY Conference of the United Church of Christ.
 
Rev. Kris is a graduate of Vassar College, and the Fordham University School of Law where she obtained her B.A. and Doctor of Juris Prudence degrees. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office for several years before entering the private practice of law.
In addition to her Doctorate in Juris Prudence, Rev. Kris holds a Master of Divinity degree from the New York Theological Seminary.
Word and Image: the Hermeneutics of The Saint John's Bible
with Fr. Michael Patella

Sunday, January 24th

The production of The Saint John’s Bible featured many firsts. One such first is the relationship between a group of academics in the US, who approved the biblical illuminations and the studio of artists in Wales, who made them. Fr Michael Patella will discuss how, after a series of fits and starts, a successful process developed between the two bodies.

Faith at Work in Canary Wharf
with the Rev. Dr. Fiona Stewart-Darling
Sunday, February 7th
 

We will be joined by the lead chaplain at the Canary Wharf Multifaith Chaplaincy in London for a timely conversation about how faith can inform ethics and values in the workplace. Fiona Stewart-Darling was one of the first women ordained in the Church of England, after a career as a senior research scientist for British Gas. In 2004, she established the chaplaincy to provide pastoral care and support to the business community in Canary Wharf. In addition to her full-time work at the chaplaincy, Fiona assists in an honorary capacity at Westminster Abbey