Parish Forum

Parish Forum is our 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning program in which a variety of speakers from within the congregation and outside the parish are invited to engage us in a variety of topics among which are spirituality, ethics, theology, liturgy, and social justice.  The Parish Forum also offers opportunities for parish members to share their stories as a way of getting to know one another better and build community.

Forum Hour at St. Martin’s is an opportunity to equip our community for ministry and mission and to have the conversations we need to have as a parish to develop our work together. Please make time to come to forum to help build our community toward our goals!

February 12

Old Testament Bible Romp
Biblical Studies leader Helen White engages us in a tour of the Hebrew Scriptures in this energetic introduction to the Old Testament.

February 19

New Testament Bible Romp
The Scripture tour with Helen White continues as we engage in the New Testament.

February 26

Dispatches from Egypt
To shed light on current tensions in the Middle East, Cairo-native Shimaa Amin will discuss the issues that progressive Egyptians are currently facing six years after the Egyptian uprising during the Arab Spring.

Shimaa was born, raised, and educated in Cairo, Egypt. Her experience of the events in Egypt and the United States since the Arab Spring transformed her from an ordinary science student into an educator about her home country and an advocate for the rights of immigrants and refugees in the United States. A national speaker on Egypt, Shimaa is also volunteering as a translator for St. Martin’s Refugee Resettlement Ministry.

March 5

Prayer: An Exploration
The Rt. Rev. Frank Griswold will help us explore prayer with questions such as: Where might prayer lead us if we give it root room within us?

March 12

Living the Rule of St. Benedict
As part of St. Martin’s Monastic Weekend, Holy Cross Brother Joseph Williams-Wallace will discuss the rule that guides the life of the Order of the Holy Cross.

March 19

Christianity and Toleration
Drawing from his book Tolerance Among the Virtues, Princeton Philosophy professor John Bowlin will lead us in a discussion of how Christians might think about toleration. Can we tolerate commitments we despise, activities we deem unjust, persons and lives we consider harmful or vile? We are told that tolerance is a virtue, that a liberal democracy requires a tolerant citizenry, a people who can live among differences they cannot endorse, that they might even consider abhorrent. But we worship a God of justice and truth. Can we be faithful to this God while tolerating injustice and enduring falsehood? Can this response to difference bear witness to this God’s love? 

John Bowlin is the Robert L. Stuart Associate Professor of Philosophy and Christian Ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary. His primary interests are in ethical theory, the history of moral theology, and Protestant social ethics. He is the author of Contingency and Fortune in Aquinas’s Ethics (Cambridge 1999) and Tolerance among the Virtues (Princeton 2016).

March 26

Reconciliation in Lent
The Rev. Anne Thatcher will discuss how the sacrament of Reconciliation is practiced in the Episcopal Church.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available for anyone who wishes to make an individual confession. Please contact Rev. Jarrett or Rev. Anne at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

April 2

Discipleship Discussion
The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel will wrap up the One Book/One Parish reading of Rowan Williams’ book Being Disciples with a discussion of discipleship. Whether you read all or part of the book, you will get a full exploration of this key topic in our life of faith.

Regular Sunday Service Schedule

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Morning Prayer is offered at 7:30 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Mid-week Eucharist is offered at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays, in the Mary Chapel.

Choral Evensong with sermon is held at 5:00 p.m. on the first Sundays of the month from October to June in the Church.

We would love to have you join us.

Location

This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.


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