Past Forum Series

Our Faith Formation offerings range as widely in topic and theme as do our parishioners themselves. From art and poetry, to environmental impact, to our Scriptural understanding of what “reconciliation” means, the Sunday 9:00 a.m. forum series are engaging, broad-minded, and designed to enable us as Christians to dig deeper into our faith. Take a look below for some of our recent series, and click here for upcoming events.

Creeds and Scriptures in the Medium of Time, led by Bishop John Shelby Spong (Sundays at 9 a.m., March 1 – April 5)

We invite you to join us for a six-week study on “Creeds and Scripture in the Medium of Time” led by Bishop John Shelby “Jack” Spong. We will gather on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in Scott Hall for a discussion that delves into the Scripture, various creeds, and our understanding of these stories and writings today. Topics include the mystery of time, exploring the meaning of the Bible, the birth narratives, and a variety of other topics. Each week will offer new insights as well as moments for reflection.

For audio of the first session, please click here.
Audio from the second session, please click here.

Biography: Bishop John Shelby Spong is a widely known spokesperson for an open, scholarly, and inclusive Christianity. He served for twenty years as a priest in Episcopal churches in both Virginia and North Carolina, including here at St. Paul’s from 1969 to 1976. He also served for twenty-four years as the Bishop of Newark (Northern New Jersey). He has taught and lectured all over the world, being at the forefront of progressive theological thought. He currently resides in Richmond with his wife, Christine Mary Spong, and participates regularly in the life of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Food & Faith Forum, led by Parish intern Cat Parler (Sundays at 9 a.m., February 2nd – 23rd)

This four-week series touches on creation care as a way of honoring God, re-nourishing one’s own body, serving others, and understanding the context of humanity’s role in creation within the Bible.

SUSTAINABILITY FORUM SERIES: SUNDAYS, JANUARY 5TH, 12TH, AND 19TH, 2020

This January, St. Paul’s is hosting a three-week forum series on sustainability. As a community, we are continuing to honor the importance of creation care by how we live our lives each day. Each week, we will have a new speaker or set of speakers share their unique perspective on what they think sustainability means as they also suggest practical ways that we can be more mindful as individuals and as the church.

JANUARY 5TH— SUSTAINABILITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

Led by Jamie Lynn Haskins—Chaplain for Spiritual Life at the University of Richmond and Rob Andrejewski—Director of Sustainability at the University of Richmond
We will participate in an activity to co-create a meaningful understanding of what sustainability means to the members of St. Paul’s, discuss our role in stewarding creation and community, and come away with some practical ideas for applying what we discussed. They will cover what sustainability is, the urgency needed to address environmental and social challenges, and how small changes can make a big difference in our own lives and the lives of other people.

About the Facilitators
The Rev. Jamie Lynn Haskins joined the Chaplaincy staff at the University of Richmond in July of 2018. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Prior to her arrival at the University of Richmond, Jamie Lynn served as the Chaplain at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri and as the Minister of Faith Formation and Social Justice at University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Seattle, WA. She is passionate about cultivating, promoting and sustaining an active life of faith that centers on social justice, prophetic witness, and radical hospitality. In addition to her campus and church ministries, she has also served as a community organizer and social activist, working with organizations such as Tennesseans Against the Death Penalty, Jobs with Justice, and Interfaith Worker Justice.

Rob Andrejewski is the Director of Sustainability at the University of Richmond, where he works to bring awareness to today’s biggest issues and connect individuals with their unique ability to respond in a meaningful way. He is a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program and recently served as Board President of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.

JANUARY 12TH—RVAGREEN 2050

Led by Brianne Mullen—Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Richmond, Virginia

Brianne will be continuing our discussion of sustainability, focusing on RVAgreen 2050. In April 2017, Mayor Stoney announced a commitment to reduce community and city government greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 while improving public health, equity, resilience and our natural environment. The Sustainability Office is championing RVAgreen 2050, the City’s equity-centered, integrated climate action planning initiative to develop the first five-year roadmap of actions toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 and prepare our community for the impacts of climate change. RVAgreen 2050 is equitable climate action for a healthy and resilient Richmond.

About the Facilitator

Brianne Mullen is the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Richmond, Virginia. Brianne supports efforts related to RVAgreen 2050, the City’s integrated adaptation, mitigation, and equity-centered climate action planning initiative to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 and help the community adapt to the impacts of climate change. In previous roles, she has worked for Yale University, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, and the Partnership for Smarter Growth. Brianne has a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University.

JANUARY 19TH—SUSTAINABILITY IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND AT ST. PAUL’S

Led by Sarah Nolan—Minister for Stewardship at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Sarah Nolan, Minister for Stewardship here at St. Paul’s, will provide an update on the work the national Episcopal Church is doing, as well as the Diocese of Virginia, regarding Creation Care and Environmental Sustainability. Following these updates, we will discuss ways St. Paul’s can continue to engage issues of sustainability, drawing from insights and opportunities gained in previous forums.

About the Facilitator
Prior to coming to St. Paul’s, Sarah was the co-founder of The Abundant Table, an Episcopal rooted nonprofit farm and worshiping community. She serves on the Episcopal General Convention’s Task Force on Creation Care and Environmental Racism. Sarah is an Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow (Class of 2013) and was one of two Environmental Stewardship Fellows for The Episcopal Church from 2015-2017. She serves on the board of Richmond’s Birdhouse Farmer’s Market and remains actively engaged in work and conversations around emergent ministries, organizational vitality and the intersection of food, faith and the environment. Sarah is the lead staff person regarding giving, newcomer welcoming and general stewardship.

PREVIOUS ADVENT FORUM SERIES: “Arts and Advent: Meditations Through Scripture, Poetry, Music, and Art”

(December 8th, 15th, and 22nd @ 9:00 a.m. in the Norwood Room)

Advent 2 (December 8): The Peaceable Kingdom, led by Rainey Dankel and Keli Shipley Cooper

The prophet Isaiah describes the natural world at peace, and John the Baptist calls us to repent. How do these messages help us think about peace in our world and especially our role in environmental justice?
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Advent 3 (December 15): Healing and Renewal, led by Rainey Dankel

The prophet Isaiah predicts the healing ministries that Jesus undertakes. How does Advent help us find healing in our personal and communal relationships?
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Advent 4 (December 22): Miraculous Birth, led by Charlie Dupree

Angels tell both Mary and Joseph of the birth of a baby, news that is both joyous and upsetting. What do we learn from the experiences of the Holy Family that help us understand our obligations to all kinds of families?