Adult Forum Series

Adult Forums and coffee hours occur Sundays, 10:15-11:00 a.m., in Paca Hall during the months of September through May.

Nursery and Sunday School run concurrently with Adult Forum; therefore childcare is provided through these ministries.

The 2017-2018 Season of Forums will begin in September.

2016-2017 Season of Forums: 

Sept. 25, 10:15 a.m. The Spiritual In The Practical: Overview
As we begin a new season of Adult Christian Formation we have tried, in alignment with Beacon Committee directives, to address the practical and discover the spiritual within.Oct. 16, 10:15 a.m. Elder Care Presentation ⇓ Download Presentation PDF
Caring for the elders in our family and/or elders seeking reasonable care solutions to age in place are difficult in our culture. A representative from Goodwin House talks about possible options.

Nov. 6, at 10:15 a.m. Christian Citizenship ⇓ View Video Presentation
No matter your political preferences, as we face a national election this week we need to take our freedom to vote seriously. Join us in Paca Hall for a community discussion with parishioner and former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and parishioner John Bellinger, former Legal Advisor for the U.S. Department of state and National Security Council during the George Bush administration.

Nov. 13, at 10:15 a.m. Mental Health & Spiritual Health ⇓ Bethanne Patrick Elle article,
⇓ Mental Health Awareness
, ⇓ St. Mary’s Ministering to Mental Illness, ⇓ A Bed Instead Infographic, Recommended Reading on Mental Health & Faith

The Rev. Tim Malone will moderate a panel featuring parishioners Brigadier General Stephen Xenakis, Bethanne Patrick, and Rosanna Esposito, who will address mental health issues (such as depression, schizophrenia, and PTSD) from clinical, personal, mental health advocate and caregiving perspectives and how faith/faith communities can inform and support those living with such challenges.

Nov.  20, 10:15 a.m. T’is the Season to be Jolly…Really?
Dr. Robert Weigl talks about the difficulties we face during the holidays and how we can cope with the expectations of ourselves and others, especially when cultural vs. spiritual demands clash.

Dec. 11, 10:15 a.m. Prayer & Individual Discipline View Video Presentation
Professor Kathy Brown from Virginia Seminary helps us to examine how we can practice a personal devotional discipline especially living in a culture where time seems to evaporate.

Dec. 18 10:15 a.m. An Overview of The BCP
One of the great gifts we have as Episcopalians, and members of the Anglican Communion, is The Book of Common Prayer. Yet most of us are only familiar with the liturgies used on Sundays. Our clergy shows us ways to use the BCP for our own prayer and spiritual discipline, exploring the wealth of material available in this remarkable volume.

Jan. 8, 10:15 a.m. Mental Spiritual Health ⇓ Dr. Turkus PowerPoint | Video Presentation 
Dr. Joan Turkus, a psychiatrist/physician, will look at the connections among mind-body-spirit, and make practical suggestions on how we can make creative and wise choices in the midst of our busy and stressful lives. There will be a take-home, self-assessment inventory to use throughout the year. [Note the self-assessment is not available for download at this time.]
 Jan. 22, 10:15 a.m. Caregiving is Love ⇓ Ways to HelpCancer, Now What? | Caregiving Ideas & Resources | St. Mary’s Caregiving Resources
Hear from two of our parishioners, Elizabeth Hale and Mary Bevis, about their experiences and their insights into ways to handle this very personal ministry.
January 29, 10:15 a.m. News from the 2017 Diocesan Convention ⇓ Episcopal Church Structure | The Rev. Andrew TP Merrow on Diocese Reps & Body of Christ Video | Walk in Love Convention Video | The Rev. Andrew TP Merrow on Keynote Highlight Video
The Rev. Andrew Merrow will provide a brief report on the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia’s 222nd Annual Convention, which ran Jan. 26 – 28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Reston, Virginia.  This year’s theme is “Walk in Love.”
February 5, 10:15 a.m. Sharing Our Stories
At Sharing Our Stories, we will use cards featuring people from many walks of life to spark small group discussions about our faith journeys.  This will be a fun, informal exercise and a great way to get acquainted with your church family.
February 26, 10:15 a.m. How Do I Keep from Singing?
Singing in the liturgy is one of the ways we connect to God and to each other. Minister of Music Gregory Hooker offers simple instruction in basic skills for understanding and appreciating the joy of singing for everyone.
Mar. 12, 10:15 a.m.  “Call” – What is it?  How do we respond? ⇓ Watch the video of this presentation
The Rev. Amy Slater will talk about both scriptural examples of call and her personal experience of responding to God’s invitation.
Mar. 26, 10:15 a.m. Who is My Neighbor?, Pt. 1 ⇓ Watch the video of this presentation

In the midst of our intense national debate about this question, hear what it’s like to live as the “other” in our community.

Apr. 2, 10:15 a.m. Who is My Neighbor? Pt. 2 ⇓ Watch video overview; Download PowerPoint Presentation; Download Handout from The Episcopal Church Office Government Relations

Lacy Broemel, Refugee and Immigration Policy Analyst for the National Episcopal Church will speak about the church’s actions on immigrants and refugees, the faith underpinnings, and how individual churches and individuals can be involved in this work of the National Episcopal Church.

April 23, 10:15 a.m. Death & Dying ⇓ Personal Information Guide,  Notes on My Funeral ServicesOutline of Funeral Preparatory Steps for Loved Ones  Watch video overview

In the aftermath of Easter, how do we, as Christians, approach death?  A spiritual and pragmatic exploration of “in the midst of life we are in death.”

Extra: Ibrahim Faltas, Executive Director for the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre for Disabled Children spoke at the beginning of the Adult Forum about the Centre.  Download is Presentation,  Watch the video update

April 30, 10:15 a.m. Deacon Robin Denney VTS Graduation Coffee Hour Reception
May 7, 10:15 a.m. The Annual Meeting of the Parish

At the annual meeting, parishioners elected three new Vestry members and were offered a copy of the most recent Annual Ministries & Outreach Report.