Sunday Forum

The Sunday Forum meets in the Fellowship Hall and offers topics for discussion ranging from ancient history to current events during the program year from 9:15-10:15 on Sunday mornings.

Sonja Tilley, Coordinator

The Sunday Forum (formerly called Adult Forum) meets weekly in the Fellowship Hall during the program year.  The speakers and conversations cover a range of topics that seek to connect faith and life.  All are welcome for the upcoming forums. 

September Series:  The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth will offer a three-part series exploring Christian spirituality entitled “Rooted and Grounded in Love.” 

Click here for the Youtube Channel for the whole the series

September 15: “Rooted and Grounded in the Love of God”

September 22:  “The Rooting of the Rootless, and Grounding in God”

September 29:   “Getting Out the Anglican Shovel and Garden Hose:  How We Support Our Rooting and Grounding in God”

October 6: Family Faith Formation – St. Francis Animal Blessing

October Series: In October, we take a three-part look at holistic stewardship with the following speakers and topics:

  • October 13: Dorothy Wood – “Financial Statement of Mission 2020”
  • October 20: The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth – “Grounded in Gratitude and Rooted in Love:  Receiving and Giving in the Body of Christ” Click here for the Youtube link for the presentation
  • October 27:  Health & Wholeness Committee – “Inward Stewardship as a Foundation for Outward Stewardship”

November 3:  Family Faith Formation – All Saints’ Sunday

November 10: “Paul’s Gospel of Grace” led by the Rev. Dr. Susan Eastman, Associate Research Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School – Did you realize that the apostle Paul introduced the language of grace into the canon of the New Testament?  During this forum, we will look at what “grace” meant in its first century context, Paul’s distinctive understanding of grace and gift, and what it might mean for us today. 

November 17: Bishop Samuel Rodman will make the annual bishop visitation to St. Matthew’s which will include a time of sharing at the Sunday Forum.

November 24:  “Paul’s Impact, Legacy, and Christian Tradition” led by our own David McDuffie, senior lecturer in Religious Studies at UNC-Greensboro – Paul is frequently mentioned second only to Jesus in influence on the formation of Christianity. In this talk, we will explore what we can understand from the New Testament of Paul’s influence, his role in the spread of early Christianity, and his often controversial legacy for contemporary Christian tradition.

December 1: “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus:  Hymns of Advent” led by Sonja Tilley and David Arcus – Join us as we take a closer look at some of the familiar – and perhaps not so familiar – hymns of the season of preparation and expectation and reflect on the rich and varied themes of Advent.

December 8: “Waiting for the Word” led by the Rev. Robert Fruehwirth – Advent is a season of waiting, waiting for Jesus, waiting for the Spirit, waiting for God to come anew into our lives. In this Sunday Forum, our Rector will explore how we wait for God and what happens when God comes to us, drawing on the shocking, colorful, inspired example offered by a handful of saintly women and men from the Bible to modern times. 

December 22: All ages are invited to gather in the Fellowship Hall as we take time to simply be together and share the joy of the season.  We will have plenty of holiday treats on hand as well as the opportunity to enjoy the company of your fellow parishioners.

December  29:  No Sunday Forum

January 12: PLEASE NOTE:  We will start early on January 12.  (Details below) “The Greensboro Four” – In one remarkable day, four college freshmen changed the course of American history. On February 1, 1960, four young men began a sit-in at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro. The act of simply sitting down to order food is now widely regarded as one of the pivotal moments in the American Civil Rights Movement. Join us as we view the landmark PBS film about this event.  Note that this forum will begin at 9:10 am sharp to allow time to see the film and engage the film maker who will be on hand for discussion.

January 19: “What is a Parish?” – Join us as we explore this intriguing question with the guidance of our rector, the Rev. Robert Fruehwirth.

January 26:  “Listening to Our Neighbors” – We will be joined by the leadership from Orange County Justice United, a local grassroots organization seeking to develop leaders within the community and bridge divides.  The Rev. Robert Fruehwirth will be part of a conversation about the ways we can better listen to and engage in ministry with our neighbors. 

February 2: Annual Parish Meeting at 9:00 a.m.

February 9: Secret Pals Family Faith Formation

February 16: Preparing for the Journey: Our Parish Lent Program 2020
Lent is a time to rediscover who God is in your life now. Lent is a time for connection, and deepening, getting to grips with ourselves, and a time for prayer. At this Sunday Forum, ten days before Lent begins, our Rector Robert Fruehwirth is going to introduce the different elements of the parish-wide Lent program for 2020, inviting everyone to find a practice that leads them into the heart of their faith.

Click here for a video of this presentation.

February 23: Knitting, communion, reflection, cooking: What do these things have in common?  
Come to our Sunday Forum on February 23 at 9:15 am to find out.  We’ll reflect on what it means to care for one another as the Body of Christ and learn more about specific ways we do that here at St. Matthew’s.  There will be opportunity to learn and get involved.

Our Lent Programing 

Sunday Forums: Journey to Jerusalem with the Saints • Sundays 9:15-10:15 a.m. • March 1-April 5

Every Sunday in Lent we will explore a life changed by Christ. Walking with Christ is a journey into the HOLY that loves from the center of the world, a journey also into his Passion still suffered today. (Fellowship Hall)

March 1: St. Peter the Apostle click the link to see the recorded forum 

March 8: Harriet Tubman 

March 15: Julian of Norwich click for the link to see the recorded forum

March 22: Mary Magdalene 

March 29: Egeria and Holy Week 

April 5: Palm Sunday FFF 

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