Practicing Our Faith in a World of Need

Sunday Forum 2020

Otey's Ministry & Witness

Past, Present & Future

As we reach the 150th anniversary of the founding of this parish, we will explore the history, mission, and vision of the church from various perspectives.

May 2 -  No Sunday Forum; join us outdoors for the unveiling of the new stone and celebration our name change. Light refreshments served.

May 9 - Opportunities for New Partnerships. Guest speaker: Barbara Ladd. 

Sunday Forum

On Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30, the Sunday Forum offers parishioners the opportunity to learn and grow in their faith together. From outside speakers to guided discussions, the format changes from week to week as do the topics. As part of the parish's response to the COVID-19 crisis, Sunday Forum meets via Zoom.


Meeting ID: 819 4921 2720; Passcode: 980868

Sunday Forum is open to all ages. Some topics may be sensitive or mature.

Lenten Learning Series
Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope

"According to Isaiah, true practice of religion ought to result in concrete change, the breaking of yokes. He does not mean the occasional private act of liberation, but 'to break the chains of injustice.' What could this mean other than a transformation of the structures of societies that trap people in hopelessness? Jesus has in mind the creation of a different type of world."
― Esau McCaulley, Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope

During the season of Lent, we will host a learning series based on McCaulley’s groundbreaking new book. Steeped in Scripture and gorgeously written, Reading While Black will serve as a framework for considering the implications of Christian theology and text through the lens of the Black Christian experience. Author Esau McCaulley will join us the final night of the series.

Feb 24 – Chapter 1. The South Got Somethin’ to Say: Making Space for Black Ecclesial Interpretation

Mar 3 – Chapter 3. Tired Feet, Rested Souls: The New Testament and the Political Witness of the Church

and Chapter 4. Reading While Black: The Bible and the Pursuit of Justice

Mar 10 – Chapter 2: Freedom Is No Fear: The New Testament and a Theology of Policing

Mar 17 – Chapter 6. What Shall We Do With This Rage? The Bible and Black Anger

Mar 24 – Discussion with author Esau McCaulley

Please join us each Wednesday via Zoom from 7 to 8 pm on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 824 1083 1318
Passcode: 289183

The book is available on Amazon or at your favorite bookstore.

Coffee (Half) Hour

Currently we are drinking our coffee at Sunday Forum.

Lectionary Class

At various times during the church year, we offer a Lectionary Class which focuses on the Gospel reading of the day. This is a facilitated discussion class. All ages are welcome to participate.

Parents Involved in Faith Formation

Another class which meets on an occasional basis is Parents Involved in Faith Formation. This group includes grandparents and other caregivers making a spiritual investment in the lives of children and teens.

Other Formation Opportunities

In addition to Sunday school classes, adult formation at the Episcopal Parish of St. Mark & St. Paul includes many opportunities for learning, growing, and bonding. We enjoy lectures, music, and crafts during summer VB-Us. We take trips to area churches, classes, and museums. We engage in programs designed to dismantle racism, encourage ecumenical cooperation, and move toward economic justice in the area.