The Rector's Forum: Sacred Conversations

Sunday mornings, 10:10 am to 11:15 am via Zoom


The tragic deaths of George Floyd and Breanna Taylor coupled with the glaring reality that Latinx, Pacific Islander, Indigenous, and Black individuals are suffering COVID-19 related deaths at significantly higher rates than are White Americans, remind us that the disparities and inequalities of race matter still today.   

But what are we to do?  How do the realities of race and our Christian faith intersect?  Join us for throughout the year as we enter this Sacred Conversation to explore the realities of race and faith in modern American society, the hope we share, and the disciples of faith that will build a better future.

Upcoming Conversation:

April 25 | Reconciliation & Hope: Healing the Past

The Rev'd Fr. Michael Lapsley, SSM, is the founder of the Institute for Healing of Memories in South Africa and a well-known speaker on social justice, healing and reconciliation. He is a member of the Anglican religious order, the Society of the Sacred Mission. In addition to his social justice work, Fr. Lapsley is an accomplished author and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees including the Desmond Tutu Prize for his memoir Redeeming the Past.

Watch Previous Sacred Conversations on our YouTube channel, or see links below:

November 22: On Race, Faith, and Society Today - Preaching Black Lives Matter:  Why faith is at the heart of our racial divide. 

The Rev’d Gayle Fisher-Stewart, an Episcopal priest and editor of Preaching Black Lives (Matter), who spent 20 years working as a police officer for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, joins us to discuss the importance of exploring matters of race and faith (even from the pulpit) as we strive to create a more just and beloved community. 

View the discussion here.

November 29: On Race, Faith, and Society Today - The Problem we Face and the Hope we Possess 

Ray Suarez, Episcopal layman, journalist, and distinguished author joins us to explore the critical issues we face, and the profound hope we possess, as an American people.    

View the discussion here.

December 6: On Race, Faith, and Society Today - Our History of Racial Preference and the Roots of Whiteness 

The Rev’d Peter Jarrett-Schell, Episcopal priest and author, joins us to explore the historic roots of racial preference and the meaning of “whiteness” as it relates to modern society. 

View the discussion here.

December 13: On Race, Faith, and Society Today - Whose land is this?  Exploring Indigenous History 

Kaitlin Curtice, member of the Potawatomi nation and author of Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God, join us to explore historic and contemporary consequences of of American “discovery and settlement” for Native American communities. 

View the discussion here.

December 20: On Race, Faith, and Society Today - Slavery in America:  An Enduring Legacy 

Jody Lynn Allen, Ph. D, Assistant Professor of History and Director of The Lemon Project at The College of William and Mary, joins us to explore the roots of America slavery and the enduring legacy we have inherited.

View the discussion here.

February 21: Becoming the Beloved: Hope and Promise

The Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers, who serves as the Presiding Bishop’s Canon for Evangelism, Reconciliation and Creation, joins us to explore and build up among us the foundation of the Beloved Community: the discipline of Christian Hope.

View the discussion here.