Adult Forum

On Sundays at 10 a.m., our parish gathers for discussion and teaching on topics that matter to us as Christians. Usually our talks are energetic and fulfilling, with lots of great ideas in the air. Come by for a good cup of coffee, stay for a great class and a rousing discussion!  All classes meet in the Parish Hall, ending in time for the 11 a.m. Mass. Contact Mother Nora Johnson if you have questions or would like to hear more

September 8: Homecoming Sunday
Welcome to Saint Mark’s! This session will introduce you to some of the flourishing ministries of our parish, with suggestions about how you might become involved this year. For newcomers, long-timers, and everyone in between.

September 15: School Sunday
Join David Kasievich, Head of St. James School, to learn about this educational community. This is a wonderful chance to keep in touch with a joyful, vital, extension of our life as a parish.

September 22: Words of Encouragement
Let’s spend some time savoring what brings us joy as Christians. Think about your favorite faith-related word (Grace? Rebirth?) and bring it to the Forum for a kind of spiritual potluck.

September 29: Liturgy and Prayer
How does our shared liturgical worship relate to your own personal life as a praying person? Does public worship crowd out private prayer or are there ways to work on strengthening the connections? This session will include practical suggestions for individual prayer in a liturgical tradition.

October 6: Liturgy and Prayer, Part 2
How does our shared liturgical worship relate to your own personal life as a praying person? Does public worship crowd out private prayer or are there ways to work on strengthening the connections? This session will include practical suggestions for individual prayer in a liturgical tradition.

October 13: The Book of Nature
Parishioner Brett Grainger, Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova, will talk about Christian attitudes toward the contemplation of nature. He is author of the book Church in the Wild: Evangelicals in Antebellum America

October 20 and 27: Poetry and Illness
Mother Nora Johnson leads a discussion of poetry old and new on the topic of illness, faith, loss, and recovery. Come hear familiar favorites and new works you may never have encountered.

November 3 and 10: Is atheism a kind of religion?
Join parishioner Roy Clouser, Professor Emeritus of the Philosophy of Religion. If atheism functions as a kind of religion, what does that religion look like? This two-part series will examine the logic of two varieties of materialist thought in relation to the way Christians think. 

November 17: Commitment Sunday
No Forum

November 24: Giving Thanks
With Thanksgiving coming in a few days, take a minute to reflect on gratitude and abundance. Recipes may be included.