Join us in the Great Hall on most Sundays during the program year (early September through early June), for presentations that stimulate our imagination about living the Christian life in this community, in today’s changing world. Presentations by the rector and lay leaders are formative for our life as active members of the parish, and we also invite distinguished outside speakers to challenge us on a wide range of current issues. Forums include time for discussion. Click here for recent Sunday Forum presentations.
Contact: Peter Antoci
A New Era of the Missional Church
Current church vernacular uses the word "missional," but what does it mean? How can a mission that is more than 2,000 years old be "new" in this time and place? And what does that mean for our parish? Join us as we explore these questions and how they relate to vitality at St. C's.
Joey Rick, Canon for Congregational Vitality, joined the staff of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington in 2013 after 20 years in organization development consulting. Her passion is helping congregations live the Word in more effective and fulfilling ways. She lives in Olney with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.
No forum: Thanksgiving weekend
What Is the Church For?
As we embark on a year of reflection and preparation for a leadership change, it's important to ask ourselves why the church exists—writ large and small—in the first place.
Ray Suarez, Chief National Correspondent for NPR and longtime member of St. Columba’s, will lead this forum.
Mary: Mother of a Convict, Cause of Our Joy
Peggy (Margaret Adams) Parker will help us explore depictions of Mary across centuries and cultures, using the representations to approach the mystery of the Incarnation. The images range from the earthbound "mother of a convict" to the exalted "cause of our joy" (in poet Anne Porter's words), and we will discuss the understanding of Mary embodied in each.
Peggy is a sculptor and printmaker whose work often deals with religious and social justice themes. She has taught the language of the visual arts at Virginia Theological Seminary for more than 20 years and has completed significant commissions for churches, seminaries and religious publications.
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington
David Wolf, Director
No forum: Decoration Sunday
Join us as we prepare the building for our Christmas celebrations.
Photo: Wayne C. Fowler