Sunday Forums


Sunday Morning Forums

All forums meet from 9:00 - 9:45 a.m. in the Meade Room unless otherwise specified. Coffee and goodies are provided.

Lent 2017 

Navigating the New 

For a complete listing of faith formation offerings during Lent, please click here

March 12 - Navigating Difficult Dialogue with Dr. Kevin York-Simmons



2017 - Voices of Hope

Prayer 101: Voices of Hope in Scripture

Starting on January 5, on Thursday nights from 7:00-8:30 p.m. we will continue to practice Lectio Divina – a kind of contemplative divine reading – in which we will listen for God’s hope and mercy through the voices of hope in both holy scripture and writers like Martin Luther King, Jr. and theologian Howard Thurman. All are welcome at any time.

January 8: Voices of Hope in Music

Our Director of Music, Jason Abel, will present a forum on different pieces of music in which the composer created a work to provide the listener with hope. Works by Beethoven, Chopin, Elgar, and others will be presented.

January 15: Voices of Hope in Community - Fellowship Breakfast

Voices of Hope in Uganda - Forum (will be after 10:00 a.m. service)

Dr. Edith Namulema, the Director of the Mengo Hospital HIV/AIDS clinic, will share with us how Christ Church has offered Voices of Hope for the clinic and hospital and how they are a voice of hope for the future.

January 22: Voices of Hope in Community -  Annual Meeting in Historic Church

January 29: Voices of Hope in History

Historian and parishioner, Julia Randle, will offer another lecture on the history of Christ Church: “Worshipping in a National Shrine.”

February 5: Voices of Hope in Maryland

Jazz musician and activist, Daryl Davis will talk about his friendship with leaders of the Ku Klux Klan.

February 12: Voices of Hope in Richmond

The Rev. Melanie Mullen, our former seminarian will offer a forum on the process St. Paul’s Richmond has

recently been through about claiming their Confederate history and transforming the parish.

February 19Voices of Hope in Community - Fellowship Breakfast

February 26: Voices of Hope in Mission

Join us for a lively conversation with some of our mission partners.


Who Are We? Then and Now - Part 4 

Part 4 - Fall Book Study of Ta Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. (Available for purchase in the Gift Shop.)

October 23 & 30 – Race, Despair, and the Search for Hope: Wrestling with Coates’ Difficult Truths with George Mason Professor Andy Hoefer

November 13 – Debriefing Ta-Nehisi Coates book


Who Are We? Then and Now - Part 3

Fall Lectures from Julie Randle

September 25 - Christ Church: Our Confederate History

October 2 - Memorializing a Parishioner Named Robert E. Lee

October 9 - A Special City of the Dead: The Confederate Mound at Christ Church

To see more about the upcoming forums in the series, click here.


Who Are We? Then and Now - Part 2

William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! Summer Book Study

Our exploration of the classic book,Absalom, Absalom! by Southern icon, William Faulkner.was led by parishioner, Andy Hoefer (Andy Hoefer works in the field U.S. southern studies, but his published work engages graphic novels, detective fiction, Hurricane Katrina, and The Big Lebowski.  Prof. Hoefer currently serves as the Assistant Dean of the Honors College and the Director of Mason's University Scholars Program. A native of South Carolina, he earned his PhD at Louisiana State University.) and selected clergy.

Faulkner 101: How to Read Faulkner

Faulkner 101: The South and the Fury

Faulkner 101: Toni Morrison and William Faulkner

July 24 - Preparing to Read Faulkner

July 31 – The People and Plantations of Faulkner

August 14 – The Past as Prologue


In case you missed it...

Visit our YouTube page to see Julie Randle, Christ Church Historian and Registrar/Archivist of the Diocese of Virginia, and the series of Sunday Forums detailing the history of Christ Church in terms of race relations and our Confederate legacy. The topics she covered were:

Myths and Realities: George Washington, Robert E. Lee, and Christ Church

Christ Church’s Racial History: Our Parishioners during the Time of Slavery

Christ Church’s Racial History: Living into Emancipation, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights Movement

Christ Church’s Confederate History: The Impact of the Civil War—During the War and Beyond.


Seven Whole Days: Prayer for Busy People

Last August, we explored different ways to pray. In our hyper-linked 24-hours-a-day world, it may feel like life is too busy to pray more than a quick “Help me God!” or “Thank you Lord!” Yet prayer is about centering our lives in the experience of God and being partners with God both in the world and in how we live our lives. 

Click here for handout on Praying our Experiences

Click here for handout on Praying our Surroundings

Click here for handout on Praying our Scriptures