Sunday Forum

2020-2021 Season

Sundays, September 20, 2020 - May 30, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 a.m., via ZOOM (click text at left to access forum)

Past sessions of the current series may be found by clicking here.

The coming of COVID-19 in March 2020 meant that the Sunday Forum, along with everything else, was interrupted in mid-flight. In putting together the course for the 2020–2021 program year, we thus decided to complete the intended Spring series, Navigating the Modern Wilderness, from September through November.

We will then devote the rest of this unusual year to a variety of subjects including seasonal offerings, questions raised by COVID-19, the pastoral offices of the Prayer Book, the ethical imagination, Islam, and two lectures by Christ Church clergy. With the situation around gathering still evolving, the plan is to have in-person Sunday Forums if feasible, but also to provide the lectures online by webinar. Thus, everyone will have the choice to attend in person or to view online. 

Continuity in the 2020-21 series will be provided by the return of four popular speakers, each of whom brings a unique perspective and understanding: Dr. Barry Seltser, Dr. Kathleen H. Staudt, the Reverend Dr. James Farwell, and the Reverend Dr. Francis H. Wade. Biographies are below.

Click here for the 2020-21 Sunday Forum brochure.


The Program

Fall/Winter 2020
Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Community

September 20
Options for Reconciliation in Community - Barry Seltser

September 27
Liturgies of Reconciliation and Forgiveness - Frank Wade

Living with Other Faiths in Community

October 4
Interfaith Approaches and Religious Diversity - Jim Farwell

October 11
Christian View of Judaism, Supercessionism - Barry Seltser

October 18
Islam in the Modern World - Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Iraqi Ambassador to the U.S.

October 25
Muslim Theology: The Basics - guest speaker

Rules of Life for Community

November 1
Useful Rules: Perspective A - Frank Wade
(click here for Dr. Wade's notes on his presentation)

November 8
Veterans Day Weekend - NO SESSION

November 15
Useful Rules: Perspective B - Jim Farwell

November 22
Useful Rules: Perspective C - Kathy Staudt

November 29
Thanksgiving Weekend - NO SESSION

December 6
Poetry for Advent - Kathy Staudt

December 13
Lamentations and Hope in a Time of Waiting: The Lamentations of Jeremiah - Barry Seltser

December 20
The Cast of the Christmas Drama - Frank Wade

December 27

Winter/Spring 2021

January 3, 2021
(Presentation by Mission Committee to be rescheduled for the fall)

January 10
Experiencing God in Epiphany I: Israel and the Presence of God - Barry Seltser

January 17
Experiencing God in Epiphany II: Incarnation and the Presence of God - Barry Seltser

January 24
Experiencing God in Epiphany III: The Cross and the Absence of God - Barry Seltser

January 31
Poetry for Epiphany - Kathy Staudt

February 7
Annual Parish Meeting - NO SESSION

February 14
Questions about the Eucharist COVID/Post COVID - Jim Farwell

February 21
Church House of Pancakes (cancelled) - NO SESSION

February 28
Questions about the Eucharist COVID/Post COVID - Jim Farwell

March 7
Why go back to church (after the virus) - Frank Wade

March 14
Poetry for Lent and Passiontide - Kathy Staudt

March 21
Baptism - Frank Wade

March 28
Palm Sunday - NO SESSION

April 4
Easter Day - NO SESSION

April 11
Visitation of the Sick - Frank Wade

April 18
The Burial Office - Frank Wade

April 25
Ethical Imagination I: The Scottish Enlightenment and the moral sense - Barry Seltser

May 2
Ethical Imagination II: Christian obligations to future generations - Barry Seltser

May 9
Christian Hope: What does it mean to live in hope? - Kathy Staudt

May 16
Biblical Fracking - Frank Wade

May 23
High and Dry? Anglican devotional life before the Oxford Movement... and after - The Associate Rector

May 30
Army Chaplaincy: "In hoc signo vinces" - The Rector


Dr. Barry Seltser (B.A., Ph.D. Yale) B.A., Ph.D. Yale, taught religious studies at two universities and has offered adult education courses at churches for more than 30 years. Dr. Seltser was a researcher of the Senior Executive Service at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and has been part of Christ Church Forum programs for nearly 30 years.

Dr. Kathleen H. Staudt (A.B. Smith, Ph.D. Yale) has taught theology, spirituality, and literature at the University of Maryland, Virginia Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary and is active as a leader of retreats and education programs. She is the author of three books of poetry as well as two scholarly studies of poet and artist David Jones.

The Reverend Dr. James Farwell (B.A. Catholic University, M.Div. General Theological Seminary, Ph.D. Emory University) is the Professor of Theology and Liturgy at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the author of two books and numerous articles and essays on liturgy and sacraments, inter-religious engagement, and dual religious practice. He is co-editor of the forthcoming T&T Clark Companion to Sacraments and Sacramentality.

The Reverend Dr. Francis H. Wade (graduate The Citadel, M. Div. Virginia Theological Seminary) was ordained in 1966 and served as Rector of St. Alban’s Church and Interim Dean of Washington National Cathedral. His sermons and meditations have been widely published, and he is author of The Art of Being Together: Common Sense about Lifelong Relationships and recently Biblical Fracking: Midrash for the Modern Christian. He is also an adjunct professor at Virginia Theological Seminary.