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Sunday Forums are available in audio (MP3) and in some cases in text (PDF).

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October 15, 2017

The Rt. Rev. Bill Swing 

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October 8, 2017

"Right Leaning Churches Know How to Make a Stand, What about Churches on the Left?"

Phil Wogaman is a retired Methodist minister and ethics professor who has considered this question and answered it for himself.

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October 1, 2017

Fall Parish Gathering 

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September 17, 2017

The Rev. Ledlie Laughin, rector at St.C's

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June 4, 2017

Bishop's Forum: "Foundations of the Christian Faith"

The Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, ninth bishop of Washington

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May 21, 2017

Afghanistan’s people and culture in a changing world

Imam Zia and Fatimah Popal

Imam Zia and Fatimah Popal explore how, and why, Afghan’s diaspora can be part of a revival of “the Islamic ethos of critical thinking, compassion, and inclusion and to make the message of Islam relevant and practical, thereby fulfilling a key yearning of young American Muslims.

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April 30, 2017

"Resilience and National Security"
Accelerating environmental changes means choices we make today should incorporate future risk to ensure our security
Judge Alice Hill, former senior advisor on President Obama’s National Security Council


Judge Hill will share realistic projections about the health of the earth and vulnerabilities of its people. Judge Hill served as the principal advisor on issues stemming from climate change and provided direct counsel on the former president’s Climate Action Plan.

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March 26, 2017

“The Music of Lent: Food for the Soul”
The Rev. Dr. Wm. Bradley Roberts, Professor of Church Music, VTS
The sounds of the season.

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March 19, 2017

“Good News in the Scriptures of Lent”
Dr. John Yieh, Professor, VTS
... even in Lent the Good News of Christ persists.

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March 12, 2017

“The Liturgies of Lent”
The Rev. Dr. James Farwell, Professor of Theology and Liturgy, VTS
Why do we do what we do in Lent?

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March 5, 2017

“Growing a Rule of Life”
Dr. Katherine Sonderreger, Professor, VTS
Tips for living an intentional life from the monastic tradition.

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February 19, 2017

“Who is my Neighbor?”

The Rev. Dr. Carol Flett, Interreligious Officer for Episcopal Diocese of Washington (EDOW)

Carol talks about “what to know about your non-Christian neighbor.”

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February 12, 2017

St. Columba’s Annual Meeting

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February 5, 2017

“Young Voices From Prison:
The Free Minds Book Club”

Tara Libert, Executive Director, the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop

Join the Prison Ministry for a Sunday Forum with Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, which uses books and creative writing to transform the lives of youths sentenced as adults, and hear about the personal impact of these programs from Tara Libert and recently released Poet Ambassadors. 

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January 29, 2017

Vestry Candidates Open Forum

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December 4, 2016

"The Path toward Spiritual Awareness"
David Gregory, political analyst, CNN

A sought after speaker on politics and world affairs, as well as faith since the release of his book, "How's Your Faith," David Gregory speaks about his attempts to deepen his own faith amid the rough and tumble of broadcast news as former NBC anchor and “Meet the Press” host.

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November 27, 2016

“The Just About Perfect Story”
Ray Suarez, broadcase journalist for Al Jazeera America

Parishioner and host of “Inside Story” for Al Jazeera America, Ray Suarez expands on the nativity narrative.

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November 20, 2016

Rector's Forum: "Making Sense of the Election through a Lens of Faith"
The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin, Rector

Our 2016 presidential election conversation continues as Ledlie leads a discussion with thoughts from parishioners.

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November 13, 2016

Faith, Values & The Common Good: "Reconciliation and Healing"
Parishioner Panel Discussion

On this Sunday after the 2016 presidential election, we remind ourselves of our ministry of reconciliation as Christians. A panel of parishioners speak of their own hopes. How do we find healing in our country? What do we have in common that unites us?

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November 6, 2016

Faith, Values & The Common Good:
"Looking Past Election Day"

The Rev. J. Philip Wogaman, former senior minister at Foundry United Methodist Church

In a session occurring two days before the 2016 presidential election, we refrain from taking sides between the candidates; but instead try to illuminate how faith, values and the common good are involved in the political realm. What is the meaning of political power? How do our values translate into commitments to the common good?

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October 30, 2016

Faith, Values and the Common Good:
"America and the World on the Eve of the 2016 Election"

David Ignatius, columnist and associate editor,
The Washington Post
David offers a personal view of the political and global scene at a time when, to many of us, the world's problems seem to be accumulating and the ability of political institutions to cope with them seems to be diminishing.

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October 23, 2016

Faith, Values and the Common Good:
“Faith, Kids and the World”

Iman Green, diocesan youth and family missioner,
Episcopal Diocese of Washington
Hear about faith in the home, and how it shapes our kids for the world from Iman, who works to support our parishes in their mission to help youth and families grow spiritually.

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October 16, 2016

"Fall Parish Gathering"

The Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin, moderator

New voices of St. Columba's talk about their ministries and how St. Columba's is changing lives.

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October 2, 2016

Faith, Values and the Common Good:
"Speaking Truth to Power: Faith, Advocacy and Environmental Policy"
Jayce Hafner, domestic policy analyst, The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations
On this Feast Day of St. Francis, we explore our faith calling to engage in policy advocacy, critical environmental issues facing our nation as we approach the 2016 elections, and ways we can leverage our Episcopal voice to advocate for the environment.

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September 25, 2016

Faith, Values and the Common Good:
"Critical Issues of our Day Viewed Through the Lens of Faith"
Ray Suarez, St. C's parishioner, broadcast journalist and host of "Insider Story" on Al Jazeera America.
Issues confronting us this election season, from the position of faith.

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September 18, 2016

"Rector's Forum"
The Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin, rector
Elizabeth Taylor, junior warden
A survey of dreams and plans in the upcoming program year at St. Columba’s

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September 11, 2016

"Meet Kate!"
The Rev. Kate Heichler
associate rector for worship and outreach
An introduction to our newest associate rector.

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