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During our time of transition, the Rector's Forum on Sunday mornings will include a series of presentations from theologians, whether seminary professors or others, whose experience and thinking about experience is helpful to hear. The presentations are intended to help the congregation in discussion toward a common understanding of what is God's will in general regarding certain issues (that is, are we in a time of a further revelation than was the mind of the Church for almost two millennia?), and what might we consider to be God's will for St. Paul's. A description of this series is in the March 2014 Epistle.
Each forum's audio recording, transcription, and any additional materials will be posted as they become available.
The Rev. Dr. Daniel Westberg, Professor of Theology at Nashotah House, speaks on the traditional theological view that has been held by the Church and still is in many denominations, including significant numbers of the Provinces and members of the Anglican Communion. A time for audience Q&A follows at the end.
The Very Rev. Dr. Ian Markham, Dean and Professor of Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary, presents the emerging theological thinking on the blessing of same-sex unions and gay marriage. A time for audience Q&A follows at the end.
The Rev. David Cobb, Rector of the Church of the Ascension, and formerly of Christ Church, New Haven, continues our fora on "Difficult Conversations". Fr. Cobb served Christ Church, New Haven during the time it prayerfully considered blessing same sex relationships and officiating at same sex marriages. He shares their process, what led them to move in a new direction, and the results in the life of the parish.
Fr. Martin Smith, SSJE, former Senior Associate Rector at St. Columba's Church, Washington, DC, endeavors to assist us in the ongoing work of clarifying our convictions about the kinds of intimacy God blesses in the lives of gay and lesbian folk, and the kind of personal, spiritual, and moral formation that the Church should be offering.