The Rector's Forum

Sunday mornings, 10:10 am to 11:00 am in the Undercroft
(September through May)

The Rector’s Forum is offered as an opportunity to explore faith and live into our commitment to lifelong Christian Formation.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend so that we might deepen our relationship with God and one another.

2019 - 20 Schedule


January

5    Discernment: The Ministry of the Vestry Nominating Committee – Each year, at the Annual Meeting of the Parish, active members of Christ Church elect a new class of members to the Vestry, a process led by our discernment team, that is, the Vestry Nominating Committee.  Join us this morning as members of the Vestry Nominating Committee Team share and reflect on the process we undertook and present the fruits of their discernment work.

12    Baptism Sunday and Parish Breakfast – We celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord with baptisms of our own as we welcome as new members of Christ’s Body here at Christ Church.  Following the service, all are invited to join us for a Parish Breakfast in the Undercroft.

19    Walking a Sacred Ground – In 2018, The Episcopal Church’s adopted a long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. The name of this multi-faceted program is called Becoming Beloved Community. One part of  program is called Sacred Ground. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.

26    Annual Parish Meeting – The Annual Parish Meeting will be held for the election of Vestry Members, consideration of a temporary amendment to the bylaws, the presentation of the Parish Annual Report, financial statements, and additional church business. Please enjoy a lunch following the meeting in the Undercroft.  


February

2    First Things:  Gratitude and Generosity – So often, when thinking of our “pledge,” our annual financial commitment to the Church, we think of the mundane responsibilities of any institution:  repairs and salaries and everyday bills.  And yet, such things are neither the foundation nor the purpose of Christian giving.  Instead, we are invited in Christ to give first as reflection of our personal gratitude to God with the sole hope that our life – our doing and giving – will come to reflect the very generosity of God to us.  Join Fr. Drew, the Wardens, and other members of Christ Church for this conversation and exploration of Gratitude and Generosity as the foundation of our Christian life and annual pledge.

Series 3: What is Anglicanism? An Intrinsic and Comparative Approach
As our Presiding Bishop has said, we are “the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement.” This is to remind us that our primary focus should be to become disciples of Jesus. Yet, the Episcopal branch element of his statement is not insignificant. This series is intended to remind or introduce us to what it means to be an Episcopalian and (globally) an Anglican. In twelve sessions, we will discuss various aspects of Christian belief and practice, and explore how Anglicans approach Christianity. For supplemental reading, participants are invited to read What is Anglicanism? by the late Very Rev. Urban T. Holmes, PhD.

9    What is Anglicanism? – The Anglican Consciousness – Today we explore the foundations of the Anglican Consciousness.  [Optional reading:  What is Anglicanism? Chapter 1]

16    What is Anglicanism? – Authority in the Church – Who are we called to be?  What are we to teach as a Christian community?  What is the mind of Christ for our community or our world today?  These and many more, are profound questions for any Christian community.  Yet, behind them all stands another fundamental question:  who has what authority in the Church?  We continue our multi-part series on Anglicanism, exploring today the various structures of authority in the Church. [Optional reading:  What is Anglicanism? Chapter 2]

23    What is Anglicanism? – The Bible – From the “plain language of the text” to progressive interpretations of scripture today, studying the bible today can be a confusing task. So, how do Anglicans use and study the Bible?  Join us to continue our exploration of Anglicanism. [Optional reading: What is Anglicanism? Chapter 3]


March
1    First Things:  Gratitude and Generosity – For what are you grateful?  How have gratitude and generosity shaped (or re-shaped) your life?  Join fellow members of Christ Church to explore the impact of gratitude and generosity on your lives.

8    What is Anglicanism? – The Incarnation – Alongside the Cross and the empty tomb, the Incarnation is the single most significant elements of the human-divine story.  So, what is the incarnation and why is it so important to our faith?  [Optional reading:  What is Anglicanism? Chapter 4]

15    What is Anglicanism? – Church and Sacraments – At the center of our common life lie the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist.  In today’s continuation of our series “What is Anglicanis?” we explore our common life in the Church, the Sacraments we share, and the nature of the sacramental life we live.   [Optional reading:  What is Anglicanism? Chapter 5]

22    What is Anglicanism? – The Liturgy – Why do we do what we do when we do it in worship?  In other words, how do Anglicans understand Liturgy, what does it mean, and why is it so important to our church?  Join us today for our discussion of Anglican Liturgy. [Optional reading: What is Anglicanism? Chapter 6]

29    What is Anglicanism? – The Episcopacy –  Mitres, croziers, and other odd things – what does the Episcopacy mean and represent for the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion?  Join us for our ongoing conversation and discussion of What is Anglicanism?  [Optional reading:  What is Anglicanism? Chapter 7]


April

5    Palm Cross Workshop – All ages are invited to join us for an intergenerational morning of fellowship as we learn to make Palm Crosses from our Palm Sunday palms fronds.  Join us for this fun start Holy Week!

12    Easter Day:  The Sunday of the Resurrection – It’s Easter and that means that it’s time to celebrate!  Join us on the East Lawn following the 9:00 a.m. service (or before the 11:15 am service!) for the annual Easter Egg Hunt and other fun and games for our kids, and refreshments for all adults

19    What is Anglicanism? – Pastoral Care & Spirituality – Join us today as we continue our multi-part series on Anglicanism.  Today we will discuss the importance of pastoral care within our tradition and the practical spirituality of Anglicans through the ages. [Optional reading: What is Anglicanism? Chapter 8 and 9]

26    What is Anglicanism? – Mission & Church & State – What is our purpose?  We speak of this often as individual, and even as a local community.  What is the mission of the Church and how do we relate the broad society, the State, in which we live?  Join us to continue to explore the question:  “What is Anglicanism?”  [Optional reading:  What is Anglicanism? Chapter 10 and 11]


May

3    What is Anglicanism? – Prophetic Witness – The separation of Church and State is ingrained in our American psyche.  And yet, the Church is call, it would seem, to speak to, to bless and the challenge, our modern society.  Join us for this final part to our series What is Anglicanism? to explore and discuss the “Prophetic Witness” as it is understood within the Anglican tradition.  [Optional reading:  What is Anglicanism? Chapter 12]

10    Conversations with the Rector – As summer approaches join Fr. Drew for this informal conversation about Christ Church.

17    Recognition Sunday and Parish Breakfast – Join us this special Sunday as recognize the completion of our formation programs for all ages.  Members from the Catechumenate and adult formation programs will preach.  Following the service we will offer a Parish Breakfast as we turn our attention to summer.