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Parish Forums

We invite you to explore our shared faith through Parish Forums throughout the year. On Sundays at 10 a.m. we meet in the Elizabethan Room.

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William Blake’s Culture of Peace

Sun., Feb. 4

In his earliest writing William Blake called for "a voice like thunder and a tongue/ to drown the throat of war!" Blake's subsequent prophetic vision contains the seeds of a many-faceted culture of peace. Susanne Sklar will touch upon four of those facets, two of which directly relate to the current mess in the Middle East.  Empathy, inclusivity, ferocious forgiveness, and fair trade can animate divine humanity.

Facilitator: Susanne Sklar

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Sarah’s Circle

Sun., Feb. 11

Our parish has been involved for some time with this Chicago-based organization, which “provides a full continuum of services for women, including housing, life necessities, and supportive services, to help them permanently end their homelessness.”

Sponsored by the Outreach Guild

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The Fourteenth Amendment

Sun., Feb. 18

This forum focuses primarily on section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which bans from any federal or state office anyone who, having taken an oath to support the constitution of the United States, “shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

Facilitator: Ed Spire

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Some Notes on Black Anglo-Catholicism

Sun., Feb. 25

Did you know that one of the most important Anglo-Catholics of the early 20th century was the bishop of Zanzibar? What have you heard about St Bernard Mizeki, the martyr of Zimbabwe? Have you seen the stunning work of Allan Rohan Crite, an African American liturgical artist? For Black History Month, come and learn about some of the distinguished Black contributions to our beloved Anglo-Catholic tradition.

Facilitator: Barbara Newman

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Solving local sandwich needs: a hands-on experience

Sun., Mar. 3

As a practice of lenten almsgiving and follow-up to the Sarah's Circle parish forum in February, we are doing something slightly different this week. We will hold the forum in Montgomery Hall on Mar. 3, and the Outreach Guild will have materials ready to make sack lunches for Sarah's Circle. This will be a more tactile forum than usual, but perhaps a healthy change from our usual routine—come at the usual time and join us in practicing our faith together. 

Facilitator: Outreach Guild

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Allan Watts: Episcopal priest and Eastern mystic

Sun., Mar. 10

 

You likely know Alan Watts (1915–1973) best as an icon of that complex, multifaceted, and vague cultural phenomenon we call the 1960s. We will explore an earlier period of his life. In the 1940s and early 1950s he was well known as a remarkable student at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, as Father Watts director of the Canterbury House at Northwestern University, and as a frequent visitor at the Episcopal parishes in Evanston, Rogers Park, and Edgewater. He was especially fond of a parish at the corner of Kenmore and Ardmore.

Facilitator: Greg Singleton

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