Rector’s Forum

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Reza Aslan & Jessica Jackley

Sunday, March 12

Long time friend Reza Aslan will be our preacher at the 9:00 & 11:15 am services and at 10:15 am our Rector’s Forum speaker will be Jessica Jackley — entrepreneur and co-founder of Kiva and Profounder: organizations promoting economic development through microloans.

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How We Pray for the President

Mike Kinman, Zelda Kennedy and Sally Howard in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, January 29, 2017:

“I love that this community cares about prayer so much that we packed this room for this conversation… Let’s keep the conversation going, not just with me but with each other.”

Intersectional Resistance: Reproductive Justice

Sheri Bonner and Susan Russell in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, January 22, 2017:

“Abortion rates are lower than they’ve ever been. That’s a story we need to tell, too. The reason so many fewer woman are having abortions is because they have access to birth control… If you really want fewer abortions, then Planned Parenthood is the way we get there.”

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Intersectional Resistance: Reproductive Justice

Sunday, January 22

Reconciliation is holy work. Resistance is too. When the agendas of the president-elect and the new Congress scapegoat people of color and Muslims, deprive our fellow citizens of control over their lives, desecrate God’s creation or enrich the wealthy at the expense of the poor, we must oppose them. This is not a partisan political statement; it is a confession of faith.”
— The Reverend Gay Clark Jennings, President of the House of Deputies

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Dreams Deferred: The Movement for Black Lives Today

Delonte Gholston, Jasmine Abdullah, Andre Henry and Jeanelle Austin in the Rector’s Forum on MLK, Jr. Sunday, January 15, 2017:

“Leadership looks different in this movement. We have a lot of decentralized movements and that is a strength of ours, I believe. And so if you’re waiting for a Dr. King or a Malcolm X that you can jump behind, you’re waiting too long. You’re letting the moment pass you. We don’t have Dr. Kings and Malcolm Xs.”

Stories from the Undocumented in Our Community

Pablo Alvarado and the National Day Laborer Network in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, January 8, 2017:

“The uncertainties you face as a day worker are so many. First of all you don’t know if you’re going to get a day of work. You don’t know if you’re going to get paid for the work you’re going to do. You don’t know if you’re going to have an injury at the workplace and if you’re going to receive the proper medical care. You don’t know if white supremacist individuals and organizations are going to come and harass you…”

A Conversation with Norman Lear

Norman Lear on Sunday, December 11, 2016:

“You know how we thought of Edith (Bunker)? Whenever there was a problem, what would Christ do? That was Edith.”

All in the Family: Navigating the Post-Election Holidays

Sally Howard & Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, December 4, 2016:

“To be able to say ‘I’m sorry, I’m really uncomfortable with this. And this is why,’ is to set yourself up to be vulnerable — to set yourself up to be ridiculed — but that’s actually the model of Christ — when someone is being put in that situation to say ‘You know what, I am going to reinforce that targeted person’s authority, and I’m going to do it using mine.’ Those situations are scary. But kind of scary is where the church lives.”

The Fight for Reproductive Justice

Amy Brenneman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 27, 2016, sharing the story of how her faith has informed her commitment to stand for women’s reproductive freedom.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Mike Kinman in the Rector’s Forum on Sunday, November 20, 2016:

“There’s a rule that I have, which is if you’re in conflict with someone the only email you send is ‘When can we get together?’ Or at the very least ‘When can we Facetime or Skype together?’ where we can look at each other face to face… I’ve got to say, wherever you go from there it starts with sitting with someone and looking them in the eyes. Because that’s where God enters in.”