Calvary Episcopal Church

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Adult Forum Topics

Sunday Adult Forum Schedule
10 a.m. (in the Refectory unless noted)



Sunday, September 18 – Rector’s Forum: An Introduction to a Study of the Book of Acts (in McClintic Hall)
The Acts of the Apostles, a sequel to the Gospel of Luke, tells the story of the early followers of Jesus, after his Ascension, and the growth of the faith among Jesus’s own people in Jerusalem and then throughout the known world. The Rev. Jonathon Jensen and Chuck Esposito will lead this study during the Christian Formation Hour on Sunday mornings, today through April 2.

Sunday, September 25 – Praying the Daily Office
Ancient Christian tradition and practice gives us a way of marking time and framing each day with prayer. Come and learn about the forms of daily prayer found in the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer, and how we might incorporate them into our life of faith. Leslie Reimer will lead this forum.

Sunday, October 2 – The Poetry of Richard St. John
Local poet Richard St. John will read and discuss some of his works. Rick's poems grow out of the lived experience of a progressive Christian faith. His newest book, Each Perfected Name, explores the beloved fragility we all carry with us, and the luminosity that marks us as well. Presented by Poetry Out Loud

Sunday, October 9 – The Gifts of God for the People of God

Michelle and Mark Rust will provide a summary of this year’s Stewardship campaign, and the Rev. Jonathon Jensen will address Calvary’s current status and his vision for the future.

Sunday, October 16 – Exploring Ministries at Calvary
Calvary is home to a wealth of thriving groups and organizations, serving a variety of needs and interests in our parish and in our local community. This time is an opportunity to explore the many and diverse ways to be involved in our community’s life and outreach. Members of these various organizations and displays with information about their purposes and efforts will be located throughout the Parish Hall and Refectory. All are invited to learn about and join in the opportunities for service, involvement, and community these ministries create and sustain.

Sunday, October 23 – John Magee, the Episcopal Church, and the Nanjing Massacre
The Rev. John Magee, a native son of Calvary, served as a missionary in China from 1912-1938 and was instrumental in saving 100,000 Chinese from death at the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army. Amazingly, his story was lost to us until a Chinese documentary filmmaker visited Calvary last year. Learn more about Magee, his life, work, and witness from Calvary archivist Becky Randall and from Chinese historian Vanessa Sterling, who recently visited Nanjing to learn firsthand about Magee’s legacy.

Sunday, October 30 – A New/Old Requiem
The music for this year’s Commemoration of All Souls, on Friday, November 4, is a seldom-heard setting of the Requiem Mass by a seventeenth-century Austro-Bohemian composer, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. In this forum, Alan Lewis explores the lush and glorious music of this piece, and the Imperial context that inspired it, in preparation for the following Friday’s musical liturgy.

Sunday, November 6 – Creating a Rule of Life
Monastic wisdom had much to offer us in our efforts to lead balanced, spiritually grounded lives. Informed by the work of the brothers of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, Leslie Reimer will look at how individuals can create and use a rule of life.

Sunday, November 13 – Intercessory Prayer
Bishop Rob O’Neill wrote these words on the significance of praying for the needs of others and of the world: “The greatest gift we have to offer one another is indeed our collective prayer – not merely kind wishes, not simply good intentions, but deep prayer – the ability to hold, tangibly and intentionally, others in that abundant love that flows freely and gracefully within us and among us.” Leslie Reimer will consider what it means to pray for others, and how we shape our intercessions here at Calvary Church.

Sunday, November 20 – Paying Attention: Prayer and the Poems of Mary Oliver
Poet Mary Oliver invites readers into the stillness of a careful encounter with nature, and into the depths of human experience. Leslie Reimer will explore the insights into prayer expressed in Oliver’s poems. No advance reading required.

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NOTE: Christian Education programs at Calvary are designed to reflect the interests and concerns of the parish. From time to time, changes may be made in response to emerging topics or needs. Watch the bulletin and Agape for current information.

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