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Practicing Our Faith in a World of Need


Sunday Forum


Life in Community:

Foundations, Challenges,

and Blessings

This year in Sunday Forum, leaders from the theological and academic community will help us trace the meaning and origins of community, look at the challenges communities face, and the blessings they accrue.

Archive of Fall 2022 topics and videos below. For 2023, please return to the Adult Formation main page.

​Aug 28 - Julia Bates
Intro to Community

Sept 4 - Jeannie BabbL
Community, Communitas, Communion

Sept 11 - Becky Wright
Community in Ancient Israel

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Note: Due to technical difficulty, sound is out until 12:41.

Sept 18 - Scott Lee

The Community in which Jesus Lived, and the Community Jesus Gathered Around Him

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Sept 25 - Jeannie BabbL
Women in Early Christian Community

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Oct 2 - Tom DuMontier
Community in the Early Church

Oct 9 - Karen Meridith
Oikos: Community in the Early Church

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Oct 16 - Sr. Madeleine Mary
Monastic Communities​

Oct 23 - Stewardship Committee

Stewardship Sunday​

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Oct 30 - John Willis

Community in Colonial & 19th Century America

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Nov 6 - Lucas Crossland

The Community of Saints as Community

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Nov 13 - Annual Parish Meeting

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Nov 20 - David Boyd Williams
Community around the Table

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Nov 27 - Giulianna Gray

Community in Advent
(Intergenerational: Making Advent wreaths 

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Dec 4 - Rob Lamborn

Rector's Forum

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Dec 11 - Richard O'Connor

Community: An Anthropological View

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Dec 18 - Robin Bates

Community in Dickins' Christmas Carol

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Sunday Forum

On Sunday mornings from 9:45 to 10:45, 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 is a hybrid offering. You may join us in person or you may watch the presentation livestreamed on FaceBook. Please be aware that some of the classes involve small group interactions, which do not translate well to the livestream option. Most of the sessions have been recorded as well.

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

Coffee Hour

Join us after the service for casual conversation, coffee, lemonade and treats. Coffee Hour is often set up outdoors, particularly when the CDC says Covid spread is high.

Connections for Parents

Connections for Parents: All parents and caregivers are invited to gather for conversation on Sunday mornings while the children have Sunday school. The class meets in Brooks Hall (or on the front porch when the weather is nice) for fellowship, support, and reflection on the hopes we have for our children. On Jan 29, 2023, Connections will begin a 6-week winter book study on Brené Brown's The Gifts of Imperfection. Feel free to invite a friend. The Rev. Giulianna Cappelletti Gray, Priest Associate, is the facilitator for the meetings.

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.

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. 

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