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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.

Oct. 1: Update on Chiapas Project

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For years Atonement has been working with two congregations in Chiapas, Mexico, through our Companion Diocese program. Our Outreach Ministry has been a major sponsor for a food pantry run by the Church of San Benito de Nursia in San Cristobal. The Chiapas Scholarship Program has provided money to assist children across this region with the funds and materials needed to stay in school. Members of our parish have visited Chiapas to visit with members of the congregations, see the work they are doing, and learn more about our partnership with them. This forum will give an update on developments in Chiapas and our role in that ministry.


Facilitator: Charles Stewart  • Sponsored by Outreach Guild

Oct. 8: Once Again a Pilgrim


Back in 2016, Richard walked five hundred miles on the Camino to the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela, and now he has done a shorter Camino along a different route. He will reflect on what it means to be a pilgrim—for him, for others he has met along the way, and for all of us.


Facilitator: Richard Kieckhefer

Oct. 15: Meister Eckhart & Marguerite Porete: Radical Mysticism


Just what was it that made some mystics seem dangerously radical? There is an old joke, generally ascribed to Cardinal Newman, that mysticism begins in mist and ends in schism. Most of the mystics in the history of Christianity have thought of themselves as faithful orthodox Christians, but the Church has sometimes judged otherwise. In Sunday’s forum we will talk about two mystics famously radical in their thought or in their expression. Marguerite Porete was burned at the stake as a heretic. Meister Eckhart died before having the pope himself declare his teachings heretical.


Facilitators: Jennifer Ash & Richard Kieckhefer • My Favorite Mystic Series

Oct. 22: Guglielma of Milan: the Holy Spirit Incarnate?

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St Guglielma, a Bohemian princess who mysteriously appeared in Milan in the late 13th century, performed a few miracles, made peace between rival clans, and impressed people with her simple, humble way of life. But then her disciples began to claim that she was the incarnation of the Holy Spirit, come to found a new, inclusive church with a female pope (“la Papessa”). Smell a heresy in the wind? Come and learn who she was, what her disciples did, and what became of her.


Facilitator: Barbara Newman • My Favorite Mystic Series

Oct. 29: Karl Rahner: Mystic of Everyday Life


Karl Rahner once wrote that “the devout Christian of the future will either be a ‘mystic,’ one who has ‘experienced’ something, or…will cease to be anything at all.” In this forum Miguel Díaz will discuss how Rahner himself can be seen as a mystic of everyday life. A German Jesuit, Rahner is considered one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the last century. Although some of his teachings were condemned by Pius XII, his thoughts on the Catholic faith influenced the Second Vatican Council.


Facilitator: Miguel Díaz • My Favorite Mystic Series

Nov. 5: RefugeeOne


Every year, RefugeeOne welcomes hundreds of refugees through the U.S. State Department’s Refugee Admissions Program. Having fled violence, persecution, and war, vulnerable refugees from around the world come to the United States to rebuild their lives. Resettlement is a long and often difficult process. RefugeeOne provides resettlement services, English language training, workforce development, a sewing studio, a wellness program, a dental clinic, a program for youth and young adults, a program for women, and immigration assistance.


Sponsored by Outreach Guild

Nov. 12: Meet the Rector

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Following his installation as our rector on Oct. 18, Father Charles will speak to us at the parish forum on Nov. 12. This will be an opportunity to learn more about him and his role in the parish.


Facilitator: Father Charles Everson

Nov. 19: Music Ministry at Atonement


Join Charlie, Chris, and the Schola for an exploration of Atonement’s unique music ministry. Learn about the function of music within the Mass, find out how and why different music is selected each week, and watch the Schola prepare the music in real time. Discover how Sunday morning’s music is carefully and thoughtfully selected and prepared to support, lead, and enrich our worship.


Facilitators: Charlie Sega & Chris Windle​

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