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Sunday Forums Archive

March 18, 2018 |

"Holy Alignment as the People of God”

St. C’s parishioners all over the map when it comes to their faith, but what does that map look like?

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March 11, 2018 | The Rev. Amy Molina-Moore

"Holy Alignment as a Person of God”

It’s hard sometimes to know what we’re thinking, let alone what God is thinking. This is where discernment comes in.

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March 4, 2018 | Bob Oetting, Molly Reynolds and Ben Bradburn

"God Knows Your Shoe Size”

Bob, Molly and Ben reflect on where the Creator has been present in their diverse life stages.

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February 25, 2018 | Bill Taylor, Elizabeth Vaden and Schroeder Stribling

“Sunday Self” vs. “Monday-Friday Self”

Bill, Elizabeth and Schroeder share how God has been present to them in both their professional and non-professional lives.

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February 18, 2018 | The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin

Faith Lab: "Discerning Our Gifts"

What or who am I going to be when I grow up? This question arises in different seasons of our lives. Rector Ledlie Laughlin, present our series of faith labs introducing the Five Practices. 

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February 11, 2018 | Vance Greenway

Vance Greenway, also known as Swami Chiderahmananda, is a Hindu monk in the Vedanta school of Hinduism and will re-examine Christ in light of the ancient wisdom traditions and explore the unifying vision of the mystics within all traditions. 

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February 4, 2018 | Stirring the Waters Ministry

"What the White Church Must Do"

Small group discussions reflecting and sharing on the “What the White Church Must Do?” Sunday Forum series.

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January 28, 2018 | Laurel Hoa

"What the White Church Must Do"

Laurel Hoa, representing SURJ MoCo (Stepping Up For Racial Justice, Montgomery County) discusses the next steps that we, as white Christians, must take.

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January 21, 2018 | The Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell

"What the White Church Must Do"

Brenda Girton-Mitchell is an ordained Baptist minister and co-founder of Grace and Race Ministries, Inc., an interdenominational group dedicated to developing leadership skills to dismantle racism and advance racial reconciliation. Hear how Brenda helps us take inventory of both the positive steps towards and obstacles remaining to achieving racial justice.

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January 14, 2018 | The Rev. Drs. Dennis and Christine Wiley

"What the White Church Must Do*"

To kick off this four-part Sunday Forum series sponsored by the Stirring the Waters Ministry, Pastors Dennis and Christine Wiley, well-known civil rights activists and recently retired pastors of Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ, deliver their empowering story about the transformation of the Baptist church they led for 30 years.

*Our use of this title pays homage to a sermon given by Pastor Delman Coates of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church entitled "What the White Church Must Do," a panel discussion of the same title with Pastor Coates at the Washington National Cathedral and to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

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January 7, 2018 | Joanne Lin and Greg Chen

"How Can We Lift Up America's Tradition of Welcoming Refugees and Immigrants?"
Parishioners Joanne Lin and Greg Chen discuss the plight of the refugees, immigrants and dreamers.

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The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin

December 10, 2017 | The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin

Faith Lab: "Developing a Personal Practice of Prayer"
An introduction to prayer and a guided a conversation about the place of prayer in our lives. Rector Ledlie Laughlin offers resources and invites us into an experience of contemplative prayer. Click here for the handout.

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December 3, 2017 | Ray Suarez

"An Advent Conversation with Ray Suarez"
A St. Columba’s tradition helping us to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus.

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November 19, 2017 | The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin

St. Columba’s Annual Meeting
Rector Ledlie Laughlin leads the St. Columba’s Annual Meeting, with presentations on the St. Columba's Nursery School (Julia Berry) and Youth Ministries (Keri Crabtree). A financial report is given by treasurer Bob Broeksmit.

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November 5, 2017 | Dr. Katharine Abraham

 "Creating Opportunity:
Jobs and Wages in the New Economy"

Dr. Katharine Abraham, professor of Economics at the University of Maryland and a former member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, discusses trends in the emerging economy and practical steps for improving the opportunities available to American workers.

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October 29, 2017 | The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin

Faith Lab: "An Exploration of Scripture"
When you hear or read Scripture, what do you seek from it? A parishioner recently asked, "I want to read the Bible, but I wonder how to start." Learn more from our first Faith Lab as Ledlie helps us explore ways to read and pray with Scripture ... for novices and scholars alike. Click here for the handout.

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October 22, 2017 | The Rev. Jay Sidebotham

"Reformation? Renewal? Decline?"

The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, former associate rector at St. C’s and current director of Renewal Works, explores the Reformation.

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October 15, 2017 | The Rt. Rev. Bill Swing

"Exploring the Playful and Eventful Life of a Bishop"

The Rt. Rev. Bill Swing recollects on his time since being a former rector at St. Columba’s from 1969-1979.

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October 8, 2017 | Phil Wogaman

"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 | The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin

Fall Parish Gathering
St. Columba's parishioners gather to learn more about our hopes and dreams for the upcoming 2017-18 program year.

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September 17, 2017 | The Rev. Ledlie I. Laughlin

Rector's Forum

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