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.

February 4: Annual Parish Meeting. Come join Fr. Mullen for a discussion of our parish life. This is a great opportunity to learn more about where we have been and where we are headed. 

February 11: The Sacrament of Reconciliation. How and why do we “make our confession” in the Episcopal Church? Why might one make a private confession? What are the logistics? What do you say? How do you prepare? Come learn more about this vital part of our lives of faith.

February 18, Lent One: Kitty Moyer, Medical Missionary. Join friend of the parish Kitty Moyer, as she checks in with us about her ongoing medical missionary work in Africa. Come learn about her challenging and crucial work.

February 25, Lent Two: One Book, One Lent. Come get an introduction to the work of Bryan Stevenson, whose book we are reading as a parish this Lent. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is Stevenson’s memoir and exploration of working racial and economic injustice in our criminal justice system. 

March 4, Lent Three: One Book, One Lent: “Mockingbird Players.” A discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s piercing observations about the role of heroic (white) fantasy in the upholding of racial injustice. Come hear about a town that idolizes Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird but actively works against the very ideals that novel wants to celebrate. 

March 11, Lent Four: One Book, One Lent: Conversion in Just Mercy. This is the final Forum discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s important book.  We’ll look at moments in which Stevenson records the changing of someone’s heart or mind, and we’ll talk about whether reading this challenging book has changed us.

March 18, Lent Five: A Colony of Heaven: Discussion on Strengthening the Parish. A meeting that is part of the parish’s wider self-examination to answer three questions; 1. Using Romans 12:4-13 as a guide, how do we assess ourselves as a Christian community? 2. How well do we invite and welcome newcomers to this parish, and once we have welcomed them, how well do we connect them to ministries where their gifts can bear fruit? 3. Do we have the resources, staff, and space to carry out the mission to which God is calling us now and in the future? Come be part of the conversation on how God is calling us to be a “Colony of Heaven” in Philadelphia.

March 25, Palm Sunday: Forum on break for Holy Week.

April 1, Easter: No forum. We will resume on April 8.