The Forum: Sundays, 9:30-10:20 a.m. at The Grand
April 29 Mercy, Mercy Me! Promoting Mercy in Our Lives and Our Culture
As adults, we know the value of mercy, and we strive to impart that value to children and teens, even as we encounter a world that does not seem to value it. Because mercy is not a “one-and-done” virtue, in order for the world to become a more merciful place, each of us must practice mercy every day in our own lives. This session will examine how we can make mercy a more conscious practice – in our families, work, and communities. The Dr. Pat Fosarelli, Associate Dean, St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute, author, and physician.
May 6 Conflict Resolution in Action
During my last visit, we talked about the role of narrative in conflict. How we talk about conflict either helps us develop next steps. The good news is through subtle shifts in how we think and talk about conflicts, we can transform our experiences. In this session, we will put into practice some of what we discussed theoretically in the last session; though, no prior knowledge or experience is required to attend this session. Participants of this forum will engage in exercises which use narrative technologies proven to help people transform their relationship to conflicts. The techniques we will practice are: externalization, double-listening, and circular questioning. Please come with a conflict in mind (personal, political, or professional). You will work together with what’s on your mind coming at challenges in new ways. Participants will leave not only with a new ways to approach their own challenges, they will be better equipped to support friends, colleagues, loved ones, and your wider community. Led by Sarah Federman, PhD, Assistant Professor: Negotiations and Conflict Management, College of Public Affairs, University of Baltimore
May 13 Tale of Two Cities
Join David Prater, who is a member of OSP and is also a human rights attorney for the Maryland Disability Law Center, for a discussion about housing and criminal justice in Baltimore City.
May 20 Is There Mercy Enough for Judas?
The character of Judas Iscariot has captured the imagination of people throughout history. So (in)famous is he that, like Elvis and Madonna, he is known by his first name. Endlessly enigmatic and almost universally demonized, Judas Iscariot has had countless works written about him. Yet, the New Testament evidence is quite sparse, and frequently contradictory. In an effort to establish the textual evidence, we will first investigate what our sacred texts preserve about this perplexing figure, and then, we will attempt to answer our most vexing questions: What motivated Judas to hand Jesus over to the authorities? What exactly is his “sin,” and how does it compare to Peter’s? If there is forgiveness and mercy enough for Peter, is there mercy enough for Judas . . . or should they be judged differently? Led by Dr. Rosnne Catalano, who is a professor at St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute, as well as serving as a staff scholar at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies.
May 27 Memorial Day Weekend: Summer Break, No Programs
Special Ticketed Concert: The Duruflé Requiem (along with other pieces) will be performed by The Baltimore Choral Arts Society at Old St. Paul’s on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. This concert will be led by Anthony Blake Clark and feature internationally-acclaimed organist Jeremy Filsell (and former organist here at Old St. Paul’s). A pre-concert Choral Conversation will be held at 2:00 pm inside the church. At www.baltimorechoralarts.org use promo code SING50 to receive 50% off of your ticket purchase.
Newly Renovated Office Space Available for Lease Contact Gordon Stick, Property Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Job Opening for a half-time Youth Minister & Pastoral Assistant at Old St. Paul’s starting in the late summer. We want to hire a new staff person to grow our programs for tweens and teens and to assist the clergy with community building events and newcomer ministry for the parish at large. To learn more, or to apply for the job, contact The Rev. Mary Luck Stanley: email@example.com.