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St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church
Sunday Adult Forums in the Season of Easter
All Sunday forums are held from 9:15-10:00 am in the Parish Hall.
Sunday, April 8, 9:15-10:00 am in the Parish Hall
Nature of Person, with The Rev. Kate Wesch
Have you ever wondered about the human soul? What is it and why does it matter? Are you curious as to the Christian understanding of what comprises a person? This conversation explores the definition of a person with particular focus upon how we care for and keep our souls.
The Rev. Kate Wesch is the Rector of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church.
Sunday, April 15, 9:15-10:00 am in the Parish Hall
C.S. Lewis, with Jon Roberts
C.S. Lewis is perhaps the twentieth century’s greatest Christian Apologist and his enduring stories are infused with Christian themes and insights. In this forum we will cover a brief biographical sketch of C.S. Lewis, review how he bases his works on core biblical themes, and discuss how his work and thoughts are impacting our current understanding of Christianity.
Jonathan Roberts is a member of Epiphany Parish in Seattle and grew up attending the University Presbyterian Church. He has read C.S. Lewis’s books throughout his life and for the last six years has been sharing his enthusiasm for Lewis with a book group that meets weekly at Epiphany Parish. He is married to Elizabeth Roberts and they have three teenage children. Jonathan has worked in the technology industry for thirty years, both at Microsoft and Ignition Partners, a Venture Capital firm he co-founded eighteen years ago.
Sunday, April 22, 9:15-10:00 am in the Parish Hall
The Kingdom of God , with The Rev. Kate Wesch
The Kingdom of God is where what God wants to happen always happens the way God wants it to happen. God’s Kingdom is spatial and timeless and it is right here, right now. Jesus speaks of this kingdom more than anything else in scripture. In fact, it is mentioned nearly 300 times in Holy Scripture. So, what exactly is this Kingdom and what does is mean for us today?
Sunday, April 29, 9:15-10:00 am in the Parish Hall
William Wilberforce: Reformation in Manners, with Jon Roberts
William Wilberforce achieved two great objectives in his life. The first, and best known, was his work leading to the abolition of slavery within the United Kingdom, but the second was his ability to effect a dramatic change in British human behavior. Wilberforce leveraged a speech given by George III at his coronation challenging the British people to live more principled and moral lives. Wilberforce cajoled and shamed, but also inspired the British to create a worldview that radically changed attitudes toward child labor, prostitution, and animal cruelty, among other causes. Wilberforce’s efforts shifted the consciousness of the British people and set the stage for what we now refer to as Victorian morals. In this forum, we will explore what motivated Wilberforce and how his Reformation in Manners movement worked and how we can apply this approach to addressing the dysfunction in our current culture.
Sunday, May 6, 9:15-10:00 am in the Parish Hall
Introduction to Labyrinths: Sacred Geometry
Ann Lockhart What is this pattern on the ground? A bit of history, a bit of language to help understand how and where labyrinths got started, and why they are still meaningful in today’s world. We’ll play with finger labyrinths, dot-to-dot and seed patterns.
Ann Lockhart is a member of Epiphany Parish in Seattle. Ann first walked the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco in the late ‘90s. A love of labyrinths has been part of her spiritual life ever since. In the past year, Ann has been trained as a labyrinth facilitator by Veriditas, the organization founded at Grace Cathedral, and has participated in the Global Labyrinth Society Annual Gathering at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island. She has led Quiet Day labyrinth retreats and encourages use of Epiphany’s labyrinth at every opportunity.
Sunday, May 13, 9:15-10:00 am in the Parish Hall
Following the Path: Labyrinth Pilgrimage, with Ann Lockhart
Learn more about how labyrinths can enrich our spiritual lives and can become part of our daily practice. We will celebrate spring and Mother’s Day by walking a labyrinth: journeying in, centering down, and letting go.
Sunday, May 20, 9:15-10:00 am in the Parish Hall
The Saint John’s Bible: Igniting the Spiritual Imagination, with Brad Neary, Director, The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program
Neary’s presentation will focus on the story of the original handwritten and illuminated folios of The Saint John’s Bible — 16 years in the making — as well as on the production of the stunning Heritage Edition. Limited to 299 sets, the seven volumes of the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible are true to the scale, beauty and artistic intent of the original manuscript. Following his presentation, Neary will host an open house session for anyone interested in taking a closer look at the Gospels and Acts volume of the Heritage Edition.
Brad Neary serves as director of The Saint John’s Bible Heritage Program for the western third of the country. He also serves as a Senior Development Officer on Saint John’s University’s Institutional Advancement staff (Collegeville, MN). Neary has been a member of the Episcopal Church since May 2000 and has been a parishioner at Epiphany Parish since moving to Seattle in August 2013.
Sunday, May 27, 9:15-10:00 am in the Parish Hall
The Seven Spiritual Disciplines, with The Rev. Kate Wesch
We often talk about spiritual disciplines or holy habits, things we practice as Christians. The seven spiritual disciplines include: daily prayer, weekly worship, Sabbath, pilgrimage, keeping the liturgical calendar, tithing, and fasting. This forum intends to be an overview of these practices with ideas for incorporating them into our busy lives and a conversation about how these holy habits transform our souls over time.