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Sunday Forums Archive

March 8, 2020 | Charles Bolden

"Finding God in Science"

Listen to Charles (Charlie) Bolden, former astronaut and NASA Administrator. He grew up in the segregated South, is an active parishioner at Christ Church and a champion of the Bishop Walker School for Boys. Through personal anecdotes and leadership insights from his Marine Corps and NASA experiences that testify to the ability of the human spirit to overcome adversity and set new expectations for the future, Mr. Bolden talks about what we can accomplish when we dream big together.

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March 1, 2020 | Sam Harrington

"Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life"
Listen to a book talk by Sam Harrington, MD with Susan Flanders. Most people say they would like to die quietly at home. But overly aggressive medical advice, coupled with an unrealistic sense of invincibility or overconfidence in our health-care system, results in the majority of elderly patients misguidedly dying in institutions. Many undergo painful procedures instead of having the better and more peaceful death they deserve. "At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life" outlines specific active and passive steps that older patients and their health-care proxies can take to ensure loved ones live their last days comfortably at home and/or in hospice when further aggressive care is inappropriate.

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February 23, 2020 | Jenny Schuetz

Causes and Policy Approaches to Housing Affordability

A lack of affordable, permanent housing is one of the major causes of family homelessness in the District. But what causes such a housing shortage? Listen to Jenny Schuetz, a fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and an expert in urban economics and housing policy.

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February 16, 2020 |

"Homelessness and Housing Discrimination in DC"

Gentrification, displacement, and a critical lack of affordable housing in our city can be traced to our long history and present day reality of systemic racism. Part of St. Columba's new strategic vision is to "Embrace Our World" by advocating for justice in the availability of affordable housing. Listen to Kenyatta Brunson, who serves as Chief Program Officer of N Street Village, discussing the trends which have led to housing inequality in Washington, and to an official of the DC government talking about the city's plans to address housing equity.

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February 9, 2020 | Jason DeParle

"Global Migration and Immigrant Families"

Parishioner Jason DeParle writes about poverty and migration issues for the New York Times. Listen to Jason talking about how migration is changing the world by reordering politics, economics, and cultures. 

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February 2, 2020 | Rev. Ledlie Laughlin, Rector

Stump the Rector

Listen to The Rev. Ledlie Laughlin offering an update on the latest events in the life of St. Columba’s and responding to parishioners' questions.

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January 26, 2020 |

Responding to Family Homelessness in DC

In 2019 over 800 families were without shelter in the District of Columbia. Listen and learn about the barriers to affordable housing for low income families, the effects of homelessness on children, and St. Columba’s family homelessness initiative. Representatives of our new partner organization, Housing Up, describe how vulnerable families are being served and how we can help to make a difference.

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January 19, 2020 |

Addressing Issues of Race and Privilege 

The issue of race underlies all aspects of community engagement addressed through our outreach and social justice ministries. Listen to a Face-to-Face Race dialogue between St. Columba's Stirring the Water Ministry and the Racial Justice and Healing Collective.

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January 12, 2020 |

Helping Returning Citizens to Rebuild their Lives

Theo Brown, McClendon Program Director at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, and Robert Hornstein, Chief of Civil Legal Services at the DC Public Defender Service and a writer on poverty law issues, introduce the DC-based Returning Citizens Assistance Network (RCAN). Listen to them to learn about this growing network of DC congregations, including St. Columba’s, that are working with the Public Defender Service to help returning citizens rebuild their lives. You will learn about the structural barriers to successful re-entry faced by returning citizens, the varied and specific needs of RCAN clients, and how you can participate in this innovative program.

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January 5, 2020 | Mally Lloyd

Is your Home your Spiritual Center?

Pilgrimage, journey, and quest have long been metaphors for achieving spiritual growth and wisdom. Can we also grow in faith while staying at home? History, literature, and the Bible tell us yes. Listen to the Rev. Mally Lloyd to consider how your sense of home influences your faith and understanding of God. And to ponder what it means to be home-less.

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December 8, 2019 | Ray Suarez

"Church of the Missing Men"

In the average American church, just over 60% of the adults present for worship are women, and under 40% are men. In declining congregations, the gap is even wider, 70-30%. Of the world’s major religions, Christianity has the widest gap between active male and female participation. Ever wonder why?  Listen to Ray Suarez' Advent talk in this long-running St. Columba’s series, this time to look at church, missing men, and what, if anything, is going wrong. And what, if anything, we can do about it.

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October 27, 2019 |

Race & the Justice System: St. C’s Community Debrief
Listen to the discussion of fellow parishioners about what they have learned during this series about race and the justice system and what they can do individually and collectively to make a difference and change lives.

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October 20, 2019 |

Race & the Justice System Series: Session 3
Listen to Priya Sarathy-Jones, National Campaign Director for the Fines and Fees Justice Center. She talks about the growing movement to reduce local government reliance on fees and fines to fund their justice systems, trapping poor communities in a cycle of incarceration and poverty.

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October 13, 2019 |

Race & the Justice System Series: Session 2
Parishioner Marcy Mistreet, executive director of the Campaign for Youth Justice, talked about how young people often get caught up in the justice system, what scientists are learning about the development of the adolescent brain, and what states and advocates for youth are doing to set kids up for success. Unfortunately, the recording is not available.

October 6, 2019 |

Race & the Justice System Series: Session 1
This is first in a series of Sunday Forums focusing on race and our criminal justice system. Parishioner Katharine Huffman, who leads the new Square One initiative, will provide an overview of the challenges of reforming the justice system and what states and local governments are doing to improve fairness and equity in the system.

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September 29, 2019 |

Unveiling of St. Columba's Mission & Strategic Vision
An update by the Vision, Mission, & Strategic Planning Task Force on the specific strategies being implemented to help us realize our new vision.

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September 22, 2019 |

All about SCAP

Each summer, teens and adults from St. C’s head to Barbour County, WV to work with families to help repair or rebuild their homes as part of the St. Columba's Appalachia Project. Listen to the SCAP participants' stories about the experience of being God’s hands and feet in the world.

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September 15, 2019 | Dr. Becka Alper

"America's Religious Landscape"

Listen to Dr. Becka Alper, research associate at the Pew Research Center. She discusses the findings of Pew’s “Religious Landscape Study.” She explores trends in mainline Protestantism, including among Americans who identify as Episcopalian, exploring their beliefs and practices, demographics, and social and political values. 

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May 19, 2019 |

Rectors and Wardens Forum: A Conversation with the Leadership of St. Columba’s

Listen to the exciting things God is up to in this lively community of faith.

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May 12, 2019 | David Hawkings

"Fixing our Democracy the Bipartisan Way"

David Hawkings is a storied congressional expert. Listen to his conversation exploring how Congress has lost its way and what can be done to get our legislative branch back on track.

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May 5, 2019 |

"Maintaining a Culture of Welcome in Times of Uncertainty"

Listen to the Safety Task Force members' discussion about the results of their parish safety study and hear the latest plans for the continued security of the parish and nursery school.

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April 7, 2019 | Amy Molina-Moore

Sabbath Dreams for You, Your Family & Our World

Listen to Amy's informal conversation about the role Sabbath could or should play in our lives.

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