Trinity Episcopal Church Adult Forum meets in the Parish Hall from
9-9.45am most Sunday mornings during the program year to connect
Christian faith with everyday life. Our current
schedule is published below and is updated regularly: Please join us.
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Our 2012-2013 program appears below, and will grow as we add more
forums. Our 2011-2012 forums are here,
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2008-2009 forums are here, and our
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Our Forum program resumes on September 9. Each speaker will
connect with one of 6 themes—word, worship, wonder, world, witness,
work—each being an important aspect of our
Sept 9—World—Faith and the Financial Crisis
Economist, scholar and parishioner Catherine Mann will present some of
her thoughts on making faithful choices in the coming election,
especially regarding the ongoing financial crisis in the US and the
Dr. Catherine L. Mann holds the Barbara ’54 and Richard M. Rosenberg
Chair in Global Finance at the International Business School, Brandeis
University and is a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of
Boston. During her 20+ years in Washington, she was a Senior
Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and had
policy appointments at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors,
President's Council of Economic Advisers, and the World
Bank. Dr. Mann received her PhD in Economics from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her undergraduate degree is
from Harvard University. Dr. Mann’s research focuses on two
related topics: US external imbalances and the dollar; and
information technology in global markets. Her written work
includes more than 85 scholarly articles and seven books. She appears
frequently on Bloomberg media and CNBC as well as on PBS NewsHour and
Sept 16—Wonder—Prayerful Playtime: Arts and Crafts for the Grown-ups
It is too easy for us as adults in church to lose our sense of
Wonder. One way to regain it is allow ourselves to play (in some
cases, re-teach ourselves to play!). A God who invented laughter
must find great joy in our play. As a former art teacher, Becky
Gettel finds collage making to be a great way to play. She will
bring collage materials, scissors, glue, and paper; you bring your
sense of playfulness. This is not an art workshop, though you may-well
end up with a piece of artwork at the end. It is a low-pressure
play session with friends, materials, and the Holy Spirit. You
may end up making a prayer card, an icon, or a collection of images
that awaken your spirit to keep in a home prayer space. You may
end up sticking a bunch of fun images together and offering it up as a
rambunctious gift to God. The children get to do arts and crafts
in church regularly and it serves to bring them into a playful and
creative space with their Creator. It's our turn! Feel free to
bring your own favorite art materials, magazines, or anything else to
use and/or share, or just bring yourself and the rest will be provided.
Sept 23—Word—Daughters of Abraham
Born in response to 9/11, the mission of the Daughters of Abraham is to
overcome stereotypes and to foster mutual respect and understanding
among Muslim, Jewish and Christian women. Through the discussion,
insights and relationships that grow out of regular book group
meetings, they hope to learn about the commonalities and differences
found in Islam, Judaism and Christianity and to develop an interfaith
community of women who can speak intelligently about the Abrahamic
faiths. Every group includes a fairly even mix of women who are Jewish,
Muslim and Christian.
Whether you are interested in joining or starting a group, or just
learning about this amazing faith-based network, please come for a
fascinating presentation led by Mary Lou Lovecchio.
Sept 30—Witness—Open Table: Caring for Families and Creating
Trinity’s Social Ministry Commission is sponsoring this forum on the
Open Table, which offers weekly community supper programs and pantries
to more than 225 guests, including many children in Concord and
Maynard. No questions asked. All are welcome. Founded in 1989, Open
Table’s mission is to address hunger and social isolation in our area,
while respecting the privacy and dignity of our guests in a welcoming
community of support.
Please join Janet Lovejoy, Lisa Richards and Harriet Kaufman and learn
about the good spirit being spread right in our own backyards.
Oct 7—Witness—Journey to Adulthood with Rev. Becky Gettel and Sharon
Trinity offers the Journey to Adulthood (J2A) program, a complete youth
ministry curriculum of spiritual formation for 6th-12th grades. It
encourages relational ministry and uses Bible study, prayer, rites of
passage, outreach ministries and both serious and playful activities to
underscore the two guiding principles of the program: 1) Manhood and
womanhood are free gifts from God; and 2) Adulthood must be earned.
Come join this Forum to learn more about J2A!
Oct 14—Wholeness—Nourish to Fourish with Cathy Zolner
Cathy Zolner is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor who empowers
individuals to make positive lifelong changes in their health and
nutrition through one-on-one counseling. She believes in nourishing
your body with nutrient dense foods incorporating the rainbow of colors
and a full spectrum of tastes. Cathy received her training to practice
Health and Nutrition Counseling at the Institute for Integrative
Nutrition. In this Forum, Cathy will discuss ways we can all honor the
temple of the body God gave us through nutrition.
Oct 21—World—Creation Care Season with Bud Cederholm, Retired Bishop
We have a biblical mandate to care for creation as well as our Diocesan
Convention resolution in 2010 urging congregations to do so. Each
year I have seen more and more people, young and old, living the words
of 12th-century visionary Hildegard of Bingen by “falling in love
deeper and deeper with creation and responding to its endangerment with
passion.” What might Creation Care Season look like at Trinity Concord
Imagine thousands trusting in the grace and power of the Holy Spirit
and forming a partnership with God in Christ and with others for a bold
witness of caring for creation. I invite you therefore to an
observance of a holy Creation Care Season. And when you say,
“YES,” God will say “that it is VERY good”!
Bishop Bud will lead the Forum at 9AM, preach at the 10AM liturgy, and
be available afterwards for informal conversation, questions, kudos and
Oct 28—Witness—Thinking Outside The
Narthex: Hinduism with Vidushi
Any attempt to find a unifying definition of Hinduism would run the
risk of generalizing to such an extent that we fail to grasp the
infinite diversity of forms that constitute it. In this Forum, rather
than face such a daunting task, we will instead hear from one person
her particular way of living a life of faith as a Hindu. Vidushi Singla
is a daughter, sister, wife, mother and professional. Born in northern
India, she now lives in Massachusetts. Please do come join us as we
learn about this widespread, ancient, amazing religion.
Nov 4—Wonder—April Prewitt—Living
Mindfully, Meditatively, and Gracefully in an Increasingly Busy and
Have you ever felt like you have so many things to do that you don't
know where to start, or whether you'll ever finish? Have you ever
felt like your responsibilities are keeping you from enjoying the
current moment, or savoring an important experience? Are restful
and regenerative moments all too rare in your life? Spend some
time this morning reclaiming (or learning) some habits and strategies
that will increase the joy, restfulness, and balance in your
life. April Prewitt PhD is a clinical psychologist with over 20
years experience working with individuals and families to do just
that. She will discuss and demonstrate several quick, simple tips
that can change your life for the better!
Nov 11—Witness—Diocesan Convention
Come hear about the presentations, discussions, and
actions of the 227th Convention of the Diocese of Mass., held at the
Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston on November 2 and 3. Trinity
Clergy and Parish delegates will offer their impressions.
Nov 18—Worship—Maureen Dallison
Kemeza, MDiv, PhD, and Priest Associate in Trinity Episcopal Church,
Each of Concord’s cemeteries enshrines certain core values dear
to residents of the town. Some values are shared by all in all
times: to care properly for the bodies of our loved ones, to
honor their lives, to be faithful to the traditions that give meaning
to the living and the dead. But in various times, among the different
Concordians, these values have been expressed differently. How do
burials express the cultural/religious outlooks of generations of
Concordians- from the native Americans, then the British colonists and
their descendants, then the 19th century Transcendentalists and newly
arrived immigrants from Ireland, to now, a time when the funeral
industry may be eclipsing the faith communities as the location and
shaper of final rituals?
Nov 25—Witness—Sister Linda Bessom:
Mass Coalition for the Homeless
The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts has resolved to call upon
local churches, associations, and commissions to join together with
faith-based and other coalitions across the Commonwealth to end all
homelessness by offering direct services to homeless people while
simultaneously participating in legislative advocacy to end
homelessness. The Diocese therefore draws upon the resources of the
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Faith Into Action Together,
the Campaign to End Homelessness, as well as its own Ecclesia
Ministries to provide individuals and churches with practical solutions
to assist in the task.
Dec 2—Word—The Birth of the Messiah—Jim Wood
Following Father Raymond E. Brown's book of the same name, we will
examine the two accounts of the nativity of Jesus Christ. Where do
Matthew and Luke's accounts agree? Where do they differ? Why do they
differ? What is the larger context of the two narratives and how does
that context help us understand the message or messages they convey.
Just as a teaser: there are no shepherds in Matthew, no wise men in
Luke--and we aren't told if there were three or forty-two! Required
reading: the two accounts of the birth of Our Lord that are so familiar
we've often forgotten what they really say.
Dec 9—Word—Trinity’s Icons—Raoul Smith
The chapel at Trinity Concord is home to several Eastern European
Icons and in this Forum, Professor Raoul Smith, from the Museum of
Russian Icons, Clinton MA, will teach us how to “read” an icon and open
our eyes to the stories they tell.
Prof. Smith received his baccalaureate in Russian and his doctorate in
Linguistics at Brown University. He held a joint appointment as a
professor at Northwestern University in Linguistics and in Slavic
Languages and Literatures where he taught, among other courses, the
History of the Russian Language and Old Church Slavonic.
He is currently Research Fellow at the Museum of Russian Icons and is
editor of its online, peer-reviewed Journal of Icon Studies. Professor
Smith resides in Acton.
Dec 16—World—Beijing Circle: Educating Girls in Rwanda—Deb Scarff
The Beijing Circle’s International Outreach to the Maranyundo School in
Rwanda will be updated showing Trinity Church’s support to the girls at
this school since we began our relationship in Jan. 2011. We will
discuss a grant we applied for from the Diocesan Capital Campaign to
help the teachers incorporate technology in their teaching methods and
to have the Maranyundo School be a resource to other teachers in their
area for the use of technology in the classroom. We will propose
an idea for a Christmas present from Trinity Church to the school that
has been demonstrated as an immediate need in their classes that is out
of their budget, but a small sum for us. A short slideshow from
the June trip will wrap up the presentation.
Dec 23—Christmas Break—No Forum
Dec 30—Christmas Break—No Forum
Jan 6—Wonder—Thinking Outside The Narthex: Zen Buddhism with David
Author, Life & Leadership Coach and Zen Master David Dae An Rynick,
will read from his recently published collection of all too human
anecdotes and reflections, THIS TRUTH NEVER FAILS, in which he tries to
apply the ancient teachings of Zen to his everyday life. David’s
coaching clients include religious leaders from several different faith
traditions and he has been working closely with the Episcopal House of
Bishops as creator and lead trainer of their peer-coaching program
since 2005. David is a former professional potter and private school
headmaster. He is now Abbot of the Boundless Way Zen Temple in
Worcester, Massachusetts where he is co-resident teacher along with his
wife, Melissa Myozen Blacker.
Jan 13—World—China 31 Years Later—Susie Buttrick and Walter Birge
In this feast for the eyes, Susie and Walter will share their
photos and their thoughts on changes happening in China in the 21st
century. They traveled from Beijing to Xian to Chengdu to Lhasa to
Chongqing on the Yangzi and ultimately to Shanghai. Please join them to
become virtual tourists for 45 minutes and learn about "Made in China"
Jan 20—Wonder—Thinking Outside The
Narthex: The Quaker Faith with Patricia Wild
Patricia Wild has been a member of Friends Meeting at Cambridge for
over thirty years. She is serves on the Memorials Committee, the Prison
Fellowship Committee, and the First Day School (Sunday School)
Committee. Ms. Wild has been a full-time writer since 1998, when her
novel, Swimming In It, was published by Flower Valley Press. Other
works include Way Opens: A Spiritual Journey, her website blog:
www.Patriciawild.net, and short stories appearing in Wilderness House
Literary Review, Out of the Blue Writers Unite: An Anthology and Peeks
and Valleys: A New England Fiction Journal. Her poetry has been
published in P&Q Press and the Ibbetson Street Press; and her
two-act play, “Those Starving Armenians,” is currently under review at
Nora Theater Company.
Patricia lives in Somerville, Massachusetts
Jan 27—Word—The View from the Sycamore
Tree: Shame , Violence and
the Deeper Sources of Our Dis-ease—Dr. John McDargh.
With Dr. McDargh we will explore together how the story of the
encounter between Jesus and the tax collector Zacchaeus provides clues
to understanding how the good news of the Gospel may perhaps be
addressed more to human shame than to human guilt.
Dr. John McDargh has taught the psychology of religious development on
the theological faculty of Boston College since completing his
doctorate in religion and psychology at Harvard University in 1979. In
this talk he will be drawing upon developmental psychology as well as
Christian spirituality and biblical studies to formulate an
understanding of the sources of intra-psychic, interpersonal and social
violence and dysfunction. In addition to his interdisciplinary teaching
at BC he is the director of the new Center for Psychotherapy and
Spirituality at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
John is involved in prison ministry with Christian lifers, does
spiritual direction and supervision, and is an active member of the
Episcopal Parish of St Paul in Newton Highlands.
Feb 3—Worship—Why We Do What We
Do—Rev. Dr. Mary Luti
Mary Luti is the Visiting Professor of Worship and Preaching and the
Director of Wilson Chapel at Andover Newton Theological School. She is
the author of Teresa of Avila’s Way, a volume in the series “The Way of
the Christian Mystics” (The Liturgial Press), and numerous articles on
topics of Christian life. A sought-after conference speaker, workshop
leader, and preacher, Luti was recognized for outstanding teaching by
the United Church of Christ at its 2011 General Synod.
Her teaching has centered on the many ways people of faith have sung,
prayed, preached, shaped communities, and handed down the meaningful
traditions of the Christian church over the centuries.
Feb 10—Annual Meeting—No Forum
Feb 17 & 24—Word—The Deuteronomist & His History—Jim Wood
This two-part forum will focus on the largest section (24%) of the
Old Testament attributable to a single source (or school)—the
Deuteronomistic History, which runs from the book of Deuteronomy itself
though the books of Joshua, Judges, I & II Samuel and I & II
Kings. This section of the Old Testament is not so much a
history, as a theologically framed interpretation of the history of
Israel from the time of Moses (whose speech Deuteronomy purports to be)
though the conquest/settlement of the Promised Land, the period of the
rule of the Judges, the establishment of the Davidic and northern
kingdoms, and ending with the disaster that befell both Israel and
Judah with the conquest by Assyria and the Neo-Babylonian empires.
We will look at the themes of this history and how those themes
influenced other sections of the Old Testament—most notably, the first
four books of the Old Testament, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and
Numbers). These themes—the idea of Covenant, the dangers of
idolatry, the promise/threat of God’s judgment of God on rulers and
subjects alike, and the messianic promise found in the history of the
David kingdom—are central to all of Old Testament theology.
Mar 3—Witness—Nashoba Learning Group—Liz Martineau
Liz Martineau is a Concord resident and the Founder and President
of Nashoba Learning Group, an organization dedicated to enabling
individuals impaired by autism achieve their potential.
Previously a management consultant, she pursued a degree in Behavioral
Education and then founded the school in 2002. Her inspiration
for this path was her son, Sean, who was diagnosed with autism in
1995. While seeking help for Sean, she was struck by the
tremendous unmet need for services and it became her mission and
passion to create quality services for these children and their
families. NLG now serves 90 students in Bedford and reaches many
more through offerings on their website,
www.nashobalearninggroup.org. On March 11th NLG will open an
Adult Program to provide support to adults with autism.
Liz will discuss NLG, the challenges faced by those with autism, and welcoming children and adults with autism in the community.
Mar 10—Wonder—Entering an Indigenous World: Seeing Jesus with Shamanic Eyes—Shirley Blancke
Around Easter, biblical accounts of the Resurrection stories and
other "miraculous" events may give us pause. Do we tend to view these
as some kind of fairy story, a largely unbelievable figment of the
past, or is there a "way into" experiencing them as real?
Shirley Blancke, an archaeologist whose anthropological studies led her
into a fascination with differing worldviews, tells how her encounters
with indigenous spirituality came to inform her understanding of the
Mar 17—Wonder—Julian of Norwich—Rev. Judy Krumme
Julian of Norwich (ca. 8 November 1342 – ca. 1416) was an English
anchoress who is regarded as one of the most important Christian
mystics. She is venerated in the Anglican and Lutheran churches, but
has never been canonized, or officially beatified, by the Catholic
Church, probably because so little is known of her life aside from her
writings, including the exact date of her death. There is also
scholarly debate as to whether Julian was a nun in a nearby convent, or
even a laywoman. Please join us to learn and wonder more about this
mysterious and amazing woman of faith.
Judy Krumme is a Spiritual Director, the leader of the Healing Ministry and a Priest Associate at Trinity Concord.
Mar 24—Palm Sunday—No Forum
Mar 31—Easter—No Forum
Apr 7—World—Jeff Clements speaks about his book, Corporations Are Not People
Parishioner Jeff Clements is the president and co-founder of Free
Speech for People, a national, non-partisan campaign to challenge the
creation of Constitutional rights for corporations, overturn Citizens
United v. FEC, and strengthen American democracy and republican
self-government. Jeff, an attorney, has represented people, businesses
and the public interest since 1988.
Jeff will speak about his book, Corporations Are Not People
(Berrett-Koehler, 2012). The book, with a foreword by Bill Moyers,
tells the true story of how some of the largest corporations in the
world organized to take over our American government and Constitution,
culminating in 2010 with the 5-4 Supreme Court decision, Citizens
United v. Federal Election Commission. This latest blow to government
of the people followed a three-decade campaign by and for global
corporations to disable democracy. Corporations Are Not People is about
how devastating this corporate campaign has been to America and
Americans. It also is about how we can work together to take back
freedom and democracy for people.
Jeff served as Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Public
Protection & Advocacy Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney
General’s Office from early 2007 to 2009. As Bureau Chief, he led more
than 100 attorneys and staff in the enforcement of environmental,
healthcare, financial services, civil rights, antitrust and consumer
protection laws. Jeff also served as an Assistant Attorney General in
Massachusetts from 1996 to 2000, where he worked on litigation against
the tobacco industry and handled range of other investigations and
litigation to enforce consumer protection and antitrust laws.
Apr 14—Witness—Common Cathedral—Deacon Ken Schmidt
The Rev. Ken Schmidt is an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church
Diocese of Massachusetts. He holds an M.Div. from Andover Newton
Theological School, and is part of the Ministry Team at Common
Common Cathedral is a community of un-housed and housed people, called
together by God for the purpose of transforming all our lives. We
bridge the resources of diverse congregations, living in God’s
preference for the poor. We give voice to the voiceless, we
respect the dignity of every human being, and we see the face of Christ
in ourselves and others.
Common Cathedral’s mission is to remind chronically un-housed adults in
downtown Boston of who they are – children of God, loved by God, worthy
in the eyes of God. We form supportive spiritual community with
chronically un-housed adults in downtown Boston, with those moving off
the streets into housing, and between housed and un-housed people.
Common Cathedral advocates for and with unhoused people toward ending
the condition of homelessness in Boston and the Commonwealth.
Our weekly outdoor worship service and our midweek programs, common
art, common cinema, and our support and reflection groups, provide
community, inspiration and healing to thousands of un-housed men and
women each year, and our spiritual care program in hospitals and jails
allows us to maintain and deepen our connection with vulnerable men and
women in need. While we provide a Christian context for our
worship and spiritual reflection groups, we are a non-proselytizing
ministry, open to broad discussions of belief and belief systems.
Apr 21—Wonder—The Second Half of Life—Sharon Dickinson
“In the first half of life, we are naturally and rightly preoccupied
with establishing our identity – climbing, achieving, and performing.
Bit those concerns will not serve us as we grow older and begin to
embark on a further journey, one that involves challenges, mistakes,
loss of control, broader horizons, and necessary suffering that
actually shocks us out of our prior comfort zone. Eventually we need to
see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way.” (From the book
jacket of Falling Upward by Richard Rohr)
In this Forum, parishioner Sharon Dickinson, will lead a discussion of
the joys and challenges of the second half of life through a spiritual
Apr 28—Witness—Thinking Outside The Narthex: Islam with Saeed Osmani
Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the
Qur'an, a book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of
God (Allāh) and by the teachings and normative example (called the
Sunnah and composed of Hadith) of Muhammad, considered by them to be
the last prophet of God. With about 1.57 billion followers or 23% of
earth's population, Islam is the second-largest and one of the
fastest-growing religions in the world.
Saeed Osmani is an American citizen who came from Afghanistan at an
early age. He lives and works in the Boston area. Saeed will speak
about his own experience as Muslim. Please join us in this fascinating
forum to help us learn about how our Muslim brothers and sisters live
out their faith in love and integrity.
May 5—Wonder—Hildegard of Bingen—Kathryn O'Connell Cleary, MA
Feather on the Breath of God: Hildegard of Bingen, a twelfth
century mystic, composer and author, described the Holy Spirit as the
Greening Power of God, and herself as a Feather on the Breath of
God. During our time of prayer, we will join Hildegard in
celebrating our relationship with God through her richness of symbol
Kathryn O'Connell Cleary holds a Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry
from Boston College. She worked in parish ministry for 20 years, in the
role of Pastoral Associate and Director of Liturgy and Music. From 1992
until 1998, Kathryn was a member of the Retreat Team at St. Stephen
Priory. Presently she offers Spiritual Direction as well as Directed
and Guided Retreats on a freelance basis. She is a certified Reiki and
Energy Healing Practitioner. She is also currently a guest director at
the Campion Renewal Center in Weston, Massachusetts. Kathryn is
married, and has recently and joyfully become a grandmother.
May 12—Witness—Mothering God—Panel of Parishioners
This Forum will focus on the image of God as Mother. Julian of
Norwich talked about Jesus as a Mother and indeed we see a nurturing
God in both the earthly women and men in our lives. Several
parishioners will reflect on people in their lives who have been a
mothering presence to them, whether it’s been their own mothers or
another maternal influence.
May 19—World—Seeing Divinity Within and Without Us—Henry David Thoreau
As a Transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau was always on the search to
find God "in all of his lurking places." Thoreau believed that God was
all around, as well as within him. In his essay "Walking" Thoreau
explains his habit of roaming the fields and woods of Concord, in a
daily exercise he called his "holy time."
Join Henry Thoreau (portrayed by Historian Richard Smith) as he reads
excerpts from "Walking", one of his most beautiful and spiritual
essays. In it, he describes the Divinity he experienced all around him.
After the reading, "Mr. Thoreau" will be open for questions and a
discussion about his Transcendental views. Is Thoreau the "atheist"
that many Concordians believed him to be? Or is he a deeply spiritual
man? And what, exactly, is Transcendentalism?
Richard Smith lives in Acton and has been portraying Henry Thoreau for
14 years with great success. He did 90 presentations last year at
schools, colleges, libraries, churches and historical societies. While
he "travels a good deal in Concord" as Thoreau, Richard has also done
presentations all over the country, including Harpers Ferry, West
Virginia, Burlington, Vermont and Atlanta, Georgia. Richard has
appeared on the Boston TV show "Chronicle" and has portrayed Thoreau
three times on C-Span. He can be seen regularly at Walden Pond.
May 26—Memorial Day—No Forum