Rector's Forum

12/03/2017, 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM

Weekly on Sunday

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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 fall:

  • August 13 Rally Day and Sandy's State of the Parish addresss
  • August 20 Look at the city of Memphis recycling program with Joy Williams 
  • August 27 Lessons from the Memphis Immersion with Matthew Arehart
  • September 3 Brave Nuns & Bold Faith; the story of Constance and her Companions and their connection to St. Mary's. 
  • September 10 21st Century Heresy, mystery forum led by Sandy
  • September 17 21st Century Heresy, continued
  • September 24 BRIDGES telling its story of reconciliation and role we play.
  • October 1 Unomfortable Psalms, Dr. Phil McMillion, parishioner and biblical scholar, leading a three-week course on the "hard Psalms."
  • October 8 Hard Psalms continued
  • October 15 Hard Psalms continued
  • October 22 Protestant Family Tree Sandy leading us through the splits and divides that made the Protestants what they are today.
  • October 29 Reformation Sunday. We are gathering for a grand celebration of revolutionary ideas that changed the world and toppled the Roman Catholic Church's unfettered power over Europe.
  • November 5 The Reverend Deacon Robert Zito, deacon at Trinity Church on Wall Street and now retired partner in a prestigious Manhattan law firm, will talk to us abou the intersection of business and faith.
  • November 12 Dr. Martin Luther King's "Beloved Community." Class led by members of the Contemporary Theologicial Issues class.
  • November 19 Hester is leading discussion of Van Gogh and God and the artist's compassionate theology as it shines in his paintings and letters to his brother, Theo, and others.   
  • November 26 Chief Public Defender of Shelby County speaking on the suffering crime causes, both for victims and perpertrators, and some things we can try as a congregation.
  • December 3 Sandy leading class on Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter from the Birmingham Jail.
  • December 10 Daniel Amsler leading discussion of the biblical texts from which Dr. Martin Luther King often preached.
  • December 17 MIFA formed in the chaos in the weeks and months after Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination. Core staff from one of our longest-standing ministry partners will tell the agency's founding and update us its work. 

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