The Rector's Forum

The Rector's Forums is offered on Sunday mornings, 10:10 am to 11:00 am in the Undercroft (September through May) as an opportunity to explore our 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.

2018-19 Schedule


September
23    Conversations with the Rector – Join Fr. Drew for an informal conversation about Christ Church, our shared ministries, and program opportunities for the year ahead.

30    Wrestling with Faith, Part 1:  What Do We Mean by ‘God’? – We all wrestle with faith.  Priests and scholars, lay men and women, all  of  are asking questions that get to the heart of human life.  Join Fr. Drew and Fr. Walter for this series of forums that wrestle with fundamental questions of faith.   Participants may prepare by reading Keith Ward’s “Little Book of Guidance” entitled:  What Do We Mean by ‘God’?


October
7    Blessing of the Animals – Bring Your Pets to Church!  In the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi, who believed that God’s love encompasses all creation, we invite “all creatures great and small” to this beloved family service. Bring your dog, cat, rabbit, bird, turtle – all your family pets – to be blessed by the clergy. The Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society will also be present with dogs seeking adoptive or foster homes. We will bless them in their search for a good home. After the service we will have treats and refreshments for people and pets, pony rides, petting zoo and time to learn more about the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society.  All are welcome to this fun family service!  

14    Special Meeting of the Parish – The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry invite all members of Christ Church to gather to consider and decide upon recommended changes to the By-Laws as proposed by the Vestry.  A Parish Breakfast will be offered.

21    Holy Currencies, Part 1:  Gracious Leadership – In his work with the Diocese of Los Angeles and lateas Founder and Director of the Kalaidescope Project, the Rev’d Eric Law has identified six “currencies” at work in sustainable ministries of the Church.  Join us for the first of this 6 part series as we explore the currency of Gracious Leadership.

28    Wrestling with Faith, Part 2:  Who was Jesus? – We all wrestle with faith.  Priests and scholars, lay men and women, all  of  are asking questions that get to the heart of human life.  Join Fr. Drew and Fr. Walter for this series of forums that wrestle with fundamental questions of faith.   Participants may prepare by reading James Dunn’s “Little Book of Guidance” entitled:  Who was Jesus?


November
4    All Saints’ Sunday and Parish Reception – Each year on All Saints’ Sunday, Christians around the world celebrate the lives of loved ones and friends in faith who have entered into God’s eternal embrace, and to welcome new members of the Christian Community into the Body of Christ through the Rite of Holy Baptism.  Join us in this ancient and global celebration as we welcome into our community new members of Christ’s Body.  Following the service, all are invited to join us for a Parish Breakfast in the Undercroft to greet the newly baptized and their families.

11    Thy Will be Done:  The Commitments of the 2019 Budget – Join Fr. Drew, Diane Ward, Associate for Finance and Administration, and our Treasurer, Dan Skedel, to reflect on the ministry commitments for 2019 Budget approved by the Vestry.  This will be an opportunity to discuss the vision of mission and ministry to which we have been called as a community, and our plans to fulfill our collective call.

18    Shh! It’s a Surprise! – Join us to celebrate a special birthday in our community!

25    Advent Wreath Workshop –  Advent is nearly here, which means it’s time to make Advent wreaths and to begin our preparation for the in-breaking of God’s love!  We supply the greens, candles, punch, cookies, and music while you and your family create a centerpiece to take home in preparation for the Christmas Season.


December
2    Holy Currencies, Part 2:  Relationship – We continue today our exploration of the Rev’d Eric Law’s six “currencies” for sustainable ministries of the Church.  Join us as we explore the currency of Relationship.

9    Wrestling with Faith, Part 3:  What is Christianity? – Join Fr. Drew and Fr. Walter as we continue this series of forums that wrestle with fundamental questions of faith.   Participants may prepare by reading Rowan Williams’ “Little Book of Guidance” entitled:  What is Christianity?

16    Holy Currencies, Part 3:  Truth – We continue today our exploration of the Rev’d Eric Law’s six “currencies” for sustainable ministries of the Church.  Join us as we explore the currency of Truth.

23    The 2019 Christmas Appeal –  Every year, the entirety of our Christmas Offering is dedicated to the support of a ministry beyond our walls.  Join us this Sunday to learn more about the recipient of this year’s Christmas Appeal.


January
6    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..

13    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.

20    King and his Legacy for Today – This January we began a study of Breaking White Supremacy by Gary Dorrien.  Today, the Rt. Rev’d Robert Wright, Bishop of Atlanta and a leading King scholar in The Episcopal Church, joins us as Guest Preacher and Celebrant at the 9am service.  Following the service, Bp. Wright  and Fr. Drew will discuss Dr. King and his legacy for us today.

27    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
3    Wrestling with Faith, Part 4:  Why Go to Church?  – Join Fr. Drew and Fr. Walter as we continue this series of forums that wrestle with fundamental questions of faith.   Participants may prepare by reading C.K. Robertson ’s “Little Book of Guidance” entitled:  Why Go to Church?

10    Holy Currencies, Part 4:  Wellness – We continue today our exploration of the Rev’d Eric Law’s six “currencies” for sustainable ministries of the Church.  Join us as we explore the currency of Wellness.

17    Wrestling with Faith, Part 5:  Why are we Here? – Join Fr. Drew and Fr. Walter as we continue this series of forums that wrestle with fundamental questions of faith.   Participants may prepare by reading Alister McGrath’s “Little Book of Guidance” entitled:  Why are we Here?

24    Breaking White Supremacy:  Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel – As we conclude our study of The Rev’d Dr. Gary Dorrein’s masterwork, participants in the recent class will share their expanding insights into the Gospel of Christ, the history of American Christianity, and ther deepening journey of faith.


March
3    Life in Christ:  Practicing Christian Spirituality – We introduce today the work of The Rev’d Dr. Julia Gatta’s on Christian Spirituality.  All are invited to deepen their study on Wednesday nights as we read and explore Mtr. Julia’s guiding work.  N.b.: Mtr. Julia will join us during Holy Week as our Guest Preacher for the Triduum.

10    Holy Currencies, Part 5:  Money – We continue today our exploration of the Rev’d Eric Law’s six “currencies” for sustainable ministries of the Church.  Join us as we explore the currency of Money.

17    The 2019 Easter Appeal –  Every year, the entirety of our Easter Offering is dedicated to the support of a ministry beyond our walls.  Join us this Sunday to learn more about the recipient of this year’s Easter Appeal.

24    Wrestling with Faith, Part 6:  What Does It Mean to Be Holy Whole?   – Join Fr. Drew and Fr. Walter as we continue this series of forums that wrestle with fundamental questions of faith.   Participants may prepare by reading Timothy Sedgwick’s “Little Book of Guidance” entitled:  What Does It Mean to Be Holy Whole?


April
7    Holy Currencies, Part 6:  Time and Place – We continue today our exploration of the Rev’d Eric Law’s six “currencies” for sustainable ministries of the Church.  Join us as we explore the currency of Time and Place.

14    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!

21    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

28    Wrestling with Faith, Part 7:  Why Suffering? – Join Fr. Drew and Fr. Walter as we continue this series of forums that wrestle with fundamental questions of faith.   Participants may prepare by reading Ian Markham’s “Little Book of Guidance” entitled:  Why Suffering?


May
5    Conversations with the Rector – As summer approaches join Fr. Drew for this informal conversation about Christ Church and our summer opportunities.

12    Senior Sunday and Mothers’ Day – Join us for a special 9am service at which members of your senior class will preach. Following the service we will gather for a festive reception to honor all mothers and our graduating class.

19    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.