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Sunday Forum (10:15 to 11:05 am)

Join us in the Great Hall for presentations that stimulate our imagination about living the Christian life in this community, and in today’s changing world. Hear from our rector and lay leaders, as well as distinguished outside speakers on topics that challenge us on a wide range of current issues. Click here for recordings of recent Sunday Forum presentations.

Sunday Forum Faith Labs

More than inviting people to be a part of “a church” at St. Columba’s, we’re inviting you to be a part of “a way” – the way of Christian living. Christian living isn’t something that one just does; it’s a lifestyle that takes intention, practice and care. This year, join us for a series of faith labs where we will explore five Christian Practices that have proven throughout the ages to make a difference in the life of both the faithful and the faith-empty. Our Faith Lab program will take  place on the following Sunday mornings (10:15-11 am), in the Great Hall:

Sun., Oct. 29
Faith Lab Session, Practice #1: An exploration of Scripture

Sun., Dec. 10
Faith Lab Session, Practice #2: Developing a Personal Practice of Prayer

Sun., Feb. 18 to Sun., Mar. 18
A Lenten Faith Lab Series (five weeks) on Practice #3: The Gift of Discernment and Vocation

Sun., April 8
Faith Lab Session, Practice #4: Engaging the Needs of the World through Ministries of Outreach, Justice and Compassion

Sun., May 20
Faith Lab Session, Practice #5: Sharing our Stories and Telling Others about our Faith

Weekly Sunday Forum Program

Join us for Sunday Forums on these dates and be a part of these meaningful conversations:

Sun., Sept. 17
Rector’s Forum

The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin

Sun., Sept. 24
Come meet our new Director of Music Ministries, Anne Timpane!

Sun., Oct. 1
All Hands on Deck!
Come hear the exciting new happenings at St. C’s!

Fall Parish Gathering
Gather with your fellow parishioners in the Church Nave to learn more about our hopes and dreams for the upcoming 2017-18 program year.
Parents After Hour in the Great Hall
Hear about some exciting happenings and developments in the St. Columba’s Great Hall community and ways you can be a part of it!

Sun., October 8
Right Leaning Churches Know How to Make a Stand, What about Churches on the Left?
Phil Wogaman, retired Methodist minister and ethics professor
Phil Wogaman considered this question and answered it for himself … this summer, he relinquished his clergy credentials in protest of the church’s treatment of LGBTQI+ folks in the ordination process. He found “that Dietrich Bonhoeffer was right about there being a cost of discipleship at every stage in our life as Christians.” Join us as we explore what it means for progressive Christians to get some skin in the game.

Sun., Oct. 15
Exploring the Playful and Eventful Life of a Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Bill Swing
Bill Swing was rector at St. Columba’s from 1969-1979 before being elected the 7th Bishop of California. In his Forum talk, he will share his latest work, two books reflecting a dynamic career of interfaith work and 56 years of following God’s call.

Sun., October 22
Reformation? Renewal? Decline?
The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, former associate rector at St. C’s and current director of Renewal Works
This year the Church celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a movement that forever changed Church in the West. Together we will explore this seismic event in history and discuss the aftershocks that continue to influence the Episcopal church and its hopes for the future.

Sun., Oct. 29
Faith Lab Session, Practice #1
(see above)

Sun., Nov. 5
Is a Livable Wage a Pipe Dream? A Livelihood for All in the New Economy

Dr. Katherine Abraham, director of the Maryland Center for Economics and Policy
Join economist, Dr. Katherine Abraham as she discusses trends and opportunities in the emerging economy that just may lead to the betterment of society as a whole.

Sun., Nov. 12
Meet the Vestry Candidates!

Sun., Nov. 19
St. Columba’s Annual Meeting

Join the leadership of St. Columba’s as we review last year and share our dreams for the future.

Sun., Nov. 26
Getting Ready for Advent!
In preparation for the season of Advent, join fellow parishioners in Advent wreath-making, singing and fun for all ages.

Sun., Dec. 3
Ray Suarez
An Advent Conversation with Ray Suarez: A St. Columba’s Tradition

Sun., Dec. 10
Faith Lab Session, Practice #2
(see above)

Sun., Dec. 17
Decoration Sunday

Sun., Dec. 24 & Dec. 31
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
(no Forums)

Stirring the Waters Forum Series: Jan. 7 – Jan. 21
Details to come

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