Rector's Forum

02/18/2018, 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM

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Rector's Forum

The Rector's Forum serves as a vehicle for theological education, a platform to discuss civic and cultural events and a way to keep ourselves current on the issues we face as Christians and members of Holy Communion.

Here is the schedule of topics for this spring:

  • JANUARY 7: Justice for All Josh Spickler, executive director Just City, will lead a discussion on the need for a smaller, fairer, more humane criminal justice system and explain why that matters to everyone.
  • JANUARY 14: Meet the Vestry Candidates Candidates have been vetted by Vestry committee. Now, it’s the congregation’s turn to listen and ask questions.

    JANUARY 21: Annual Parish Meeting Sandy will lead the meeting and review of annual reports.

    JANUARY 28: I Am a Man Several of the sanitation workers who were on the job in 1968 will discuss the demands on the city, what it meant to ask to be dealt with as men and their worries during the 65-day strike. Otis Sanford, WREG commentator and Hardin Chair professor at the University of Memphis.

    FEBRUARY 4: Meet the Mayor Mayor Jim Strickland will talk about the work he did 49 years after the sanitation workers union was recognized to get $50,000 pensions for the still-surviving strikers and why he pushed for it.

    FEBRUARY 11: The Rector on Race Sandy offers a reflection on his experiences with race, and how they impact his understanding of conversations about race relations today.

    FEBRUARY 18:  A Failure to Communicate: A Memoir Dr. John Bakke, political strategist and retired professor at the University of Memphis, will talk about how breakdowns in communication – between the city and the citizens, the workers and the city -- plus the tone of media coverage – hardened people in their camps as the sanitation strike loomed.

    FEBRUARY 25: A Journey Through the Delta: Music and Race Hester will lead discussion on the intersection of race and culture that produced the Delta Blues.

    MARCH 4: A New Era of Civil Rights When people think of the Civil Rights Movement, they immediately think of the movement of the late 20th Century, says Terri Freeman, president of the National Civil Rights Museum. “I contend the moment we are experiencing now is one of the most vibrant civil and human rights eras we have seen since then. Many of the legal constraints in the 20th Century have been eliminated, creating new forms of civil and human rights infringements that new movement-makers are trying to correct. This is not your grandparents’ civil rights movement!”

    MARCH 11, 18:  When It Is Just Too Much To Bear Staff from Samaritan Counseling will help us explore ways of dealing with the seemingly never-ending barrage of hate, intolerance, violence and tragedy that flood through the media, including social media.

    MARCH 25: Palm Sunday Intergenerational Formation The whole church family will meet in the parish hall for an interactive exploration of the days of Holy Week.

    APRIL 1: Easter Day (No Forum)

    APRIL 8: Mountaintop Speech  Father Sandy offers the last installment of our MLK50 observance, an in-depth exploration of Dr. King’s last speech, given in Memphis the night before he was killed.

    APRIL 15: Restreaming: Thriving in the Currents of Retirement Retired wellness professional William Craddock will speak about how living with purpose in meaning in later life is a decision and the effort it takes.

    APRIL 22, 29 How Shall We Then Live? Shari Ray, head of the English department of St. Mary’s Episcopal School, is offering a two-part study on how others, in times of tumult, have answered life’s deep questions. The questions are: How shall we then live? (from the book of Ecclesiastes); What sort of man are you?  (from Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment).

    MAY 6:  Our $7 million Church Renovation Architect Scott Fleming and general contractor Rusty Linkous leading this discussion on what to expect during construction.

    MAY 13, 20:  What We Need to Know About the General Convention  It is the Episcopal Church’s top governing body. The group meets every three years to establish policy and refine our mission strategy. Father Sandy explores its storied (and sometimes hilarious) history and discusses several of the matters coming before it this summer in Austin, Texas.


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