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Sunday Forums 2016-2017

Scripture is foundational to our life as Christians. As liturgical Christians, we Episcopalians are steeped in Scripture as over eighty percent of the Book of Common Prayer is direct quotations of Scripture. However, Scripture has received a bad rap in our modern world. The war between fundamentalists and secularists from the beginning of the twentieth century centered on Scripture, particularly how to interpret Scripture and what authority it possesses. We might be tempted, then, to either discount Scripture entirely as antiquated with no substantive message for today or to sentimentalize it as good literature for a learned person thus rendering it toothless.

This year, our Sunday Forum series will focus on Scripture, in particular the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew Scriptures. If Scripture is the foundation of the Christian life, then the Old Testament is the foundation of Scripture. One cannot fully understand the New Testament, especially the Gospels, without understanding the Old Testament. Thus, we will begin at the beginning with creation. We will then journey through the major narratives of the Old Testament, concluding with the prophets. Unfortunately, we will not touch upon every narrative as time will not permit such a detailed journey. Nonetheless, we will make stops at all of the important narratives throughout the year.

Please click on the title of the Sunday Forum below for more information about the forums. Past forums will include a video of the forum and any files distributed during it.

Sunday, June 5: Embracing Grief

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Mr. Daniel Lonteen

Daniel Lonteen began his career in grief counseling while studying at Boromeo seminary college, Ohio. He is certified in grief counseling and child/adolescent grief counseling. He received his Master of Divinity in 1994 and currently serves as hospice chaplain for Hospice of Frederick County.
Sunday, June 12: My friend is hurting. What can I do? How to be present for those who are grieving.

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Mr. Daniel Lonteen

Daniel Lonteen began his career in grief counseling while studying at Boromeo seminary college, Ohio. He is certified in grief counseling and child/adolescent grief counseling. He received his Master of Divinity in 1994 and currently serves as hospice chaplain for Hospice of Frederick County.
Sunday, July 10: Understanding Anxiety Holistically.

Fr. Shawn Strout

Fr. Shawn Strout is the Assistant Priest at St. Paul's with responsibilities for adult Christian formation, pastoral care, and sacramental preparation. In addition, he is a full-time Ph.D. student at The Catholic University of America in the area of liturgical studies/sacramental theology.
Sunday, July 17: Holistic Strategies for Living with Anxiety.

Fr. Shawn Strout

Fr. Shawn Strout is the Assistant Priest at St. Paul's with responsibilities for adult Christian formation, pastoral care, and sacramental preparation. In addition, he is a full-time Ph.D. student at The Catholic University of America in the area of liturgical studies/sacramental theology.
Sunday, August 7: Compassion Fatigue and Self Care

Do to a technical difficulty, we did not videotape this forum. We offer our apologies.

Dr. Simona Murnick

Dr. Simona Murnick is a licensed psychiatrist and works in private practice. She is also an active member of St. Paul's.
Sunday, September 11: How Do We Interpret Scripture?

Fr. Shawn Strout

Fr. Shawn Strout is the Assistant Priest at St. Paul's with responsibilities for adult Christian formation, pastoral care, and sacramental preparation. In addition, he is a full-time Ph.D. student at The Catholic University of America in the area of liturgical studies/sacramental theology.
Sunday, September 18: The Grand Pattern of Genesis 1

Dr. Robert Miller

Robert D. Miller II is a Secular Franciscan with a PhD in Hebrew Bible from the University of Michigan. He is Associate Professor of Old Testament and the area director for Biblical Studies at the Catholic University of America. He is one of the recipients of two major grants, Religion and Science in Pastoral Ministry and Science for Seminarians, and his research interests include the biblical creation narrative among other subjects.
Sunday, September 25: Genesis 2 on Human Nature

Dr. Robert Miller

Robert D. Miller II is a Secular Franciscan with a PhD in Hebrew Bible from the University of Michigan. He is Associate Professor of Old Testament and the area director for Biblical Studies at the Catholic University of America. He is one of the recipients of two major grants, Religion and Science in Pastoral Ministry and Science for Seminarians, and his research interests include the biblical creation narrative among other subjects.
Sunday, October 2: The Feast of the Dedication

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Sunday, October 9: Understanding Sin and Human Nature: The Narrative of the Fall in Genesis

Mr. Paul Moberly

Paul Moberly is a senior Master of Divinity student at The Virginia Theological Seminary and a Candidate for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church. He is in his second year of serving as seminarian at St. Paul's.
Sunday, October 16: The Flood

Fr. Richard Wall

Fr. Richard Wall is rector of St. Paul's. He did his undergraduate and seminary work at Oxford, studying at Christ Church and St. Stephen’s House, respectively. He has served as a priest since 2002.
Sunday, October 23: The Call to Faith and the Long Response: The Case of Abraham - Part I

Dr. Paul Cho

Paul K.-K. Cho is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Wesley Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 2013. His research interests center on the intersection between faith and pain in the Bible.
Sunday, October 30: The Call to Faith and the Long Response: The Case of Abraham - Part II

Dr. Paul Cho

Paul K.-K. Cho is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible at Wesley Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 2013. His research interests center on the intersection between faith and pain in the Bible.
Sunday, November 6: Competition, Cunning and Covenant: Jacob as the Progenitor of Israel

Fr. Shawn Strout

Fr. Shawn Strout is the Assistant Priest at St. Paul's with responsibilities for adult Christian formation, pastoral care, and sacramental preparation. In addition, he is a full-time Ph.D. student at The Catholic University of America in the area of liturgical studies/sacramental theology.
Sunday, November 13: From Egypt with Love: The Story of Joseph and the Mystery of Redemption

Fr. Tony Lewis

Lloyd Alexander Lewis, Jr., is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at the Virginia Theological Seminary, an Honorary Assistant Priest at Saint Paul's Parish, and Canon Theologian to the Episcopal Bishops of Long Island. A native of Alexandria, Virginia he trained as a classicist at Trinity College, Hartford and holds in addition to his degree in theology a PhD in New Testament Studies from Yale University. His major interests are Pauline studies, the sociology of early Christianity, and 1st Century Slavery.
Sunday, November 20: Reflections on the Holy Land Pilgrimage
Sunday, November 27: Thanksgiving weekend

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Sunday, December 4: Apocalypse: Then and Now - Eschatology in Jesus’ Time

Dr. A. Katherine Grieb

The Rev. Dr. A. Katherine Grieb has taught New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary since 1994. She is currently the Meade Professor in Biblical Interpretation. Dr. Grieb has authored many articles and book chapters related to the New Testament, theological interpretation of Scripture, and preaching. She published The Story of Romans in 2002 with Westminster John Knox. She Co-edited The Word Leaps the Gap, published with Eerdmans in 2008. She is presently writing on Hebrews and on the Sermon on the Mount.
Sunday, December 11: Apocalypse: Then and Now - Eschatology in the Middle Ages

Mr. David Goldberg

Mr. David Goldberg is a Middler (second year) Master of Divinity student at The Virginia Theological Seminary. He is joining St. Paul's this year for his first year as seminarian.
Sunday, December 18: Apocalypse: Then and Now - Eschatology in the Modern Period

Mr. David Goldberg

Mr. David Goldberg is a Middler (second year) Master of Divinity student at The Virginia Theological Seminary. He is joining St. Paul's this year for his first year as seminarian.
Sunday, December 25: Christmas Day

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Sunday, January 15: Midwives, Moses, and Mayhem - The Exodus Story

Fr. Shawn Strout

Fr. Shawn Strout is the Assistant Priest at St. Paul's with responsibilities for adult Christian formation, pastoral care, and sacramental preparation. In addition, he is a full-time Ph.D. student at The Catholic University of America in the area of liturgical studies/sacramental theology.
Sunday, January 15: Listening to God with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Sunday, January 29: Deuteronomy: Hearing Moses' Voice Again, As if for the First Time!

Dr. Stephen Cook

Dr. Stephen L. Cook (http://drstephenlcook.com/home.html) serves as the Catherine N. McBurney Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the author of five books, including The Apocalyptic Literature (Abingdon, 2003), Reading Deuteronomy (Smith & Helwys, 2015), and Conversations with Scripture: 2 Isaiah (Morehouse, 2008). He has written introductions and annotations for the major modern study Bibles, including the New Oxford Annotated Bible, the CEB Study Bible, and the Harper Collins Study Bible, as well as many journal articles and essays in reference works.
Sunday, February 5: Joshua and the Conquest: Is this Really a God of Violence?

Dr. Stephen Cook

Dr. Stephen L. Cook (http://drstephenlcook.com/home.html) serves as the Catherine N. McBurney Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the author of five books, including The Apocalyptic Literature (Abingdon, 2003), Reading Deuteronomy (Smith & Helwys, 2015), and Conversations with Scripture: 2 Isaiah (Morehouse, 2008). He has written introductions and annotations for the major modern study Bibles, including the New Oxford Annotated Bible, the CEB Study Bible, and the Harper Collins Study Bible, as well as many journal articles and essays in reference works.
Sunday, February 12: The Psalms Part 1: What a Lament Psalm is and How it Works

Dr. Melody Knowles

The Rev. Melody Knowles, Ph.D., is Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Old Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary. Her academic interests include the ancient practice of religion and the use of history in the Psalms.
Sunday, February 19: The Psalms Part 2: What a Praise Psalm is and How it Works

Dr. Melody Knowles

The Rev. Melody Knowles, Ph.D., is Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Old Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary. Her academic interests include the ancient practice of religion and the use of history in the Psalms.
Sunday, February 26: The Della Robbia Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art

Alison Luchs

Alison Luchs, Curator of Early European Sculpture and deputy head of the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art, is coordinating curator for the exhibition "Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence," on view from February 5 through June 4, 2017. She has taught art history at Swarthmore College and Syracuse University. Her publications include "The Mermaids of Venice: Fantastic Sea Creatures in Venetian Renaissance Art (2010) and various articles on the historic architecture of her native city, Washington, DC.
Sunday, March 12: Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another by Rowan Williams - Chapter One
Sunday, March 19: Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another by Rowan Williams - Chapter Two
Sunday, March 26: Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another by Rowan Williams - Chapter Three
Sunday, April 2: Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another by Rowan Williams - Chapter Four
Sunday, April 30: Tariro – Hope for Youth in Zimbabwe

Fr. Nicolas Stebbing

Fr Nicolas Stebbing is a Zimbabwean who lives now in the monastic Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield in Yorkshire. His work there is to teach at the College, give retreats and look after the kitchen. He also travels to Europe on Ecumenical work. Twice a year he goes back to his native Zimbabwe to check on the work of Tariro (a charity for young people) and enjoy the young people Tariro cares for.
Sunday, May 7: Israel's Monarchy: David, Solomon, and a Dwelling Place for God

Dr. Ryan Danker

A scholar of evangelicalism and modern English church history, Ryan Danker teaches church history and United Methodist studies on the faculty of Wesley Theological Seminary. He is the author of the recently published, Wesley and the Anglicans: Political Division in Early Evangelicalism and taught previously at Greensboro College in North Carolina and Trinity School for Ministry in Pennsylvania.
Sunday, May 21: The Early Prophets

Dr. Stephen Cook

Dr. Stephen L. Cook (http://drstephenlcook.com/home.html) serves as the Catherine N. McBurney Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the author of five books, including The Apocalyptic Literature (Abingdon, 2003), Reading Deuteronomy (Smith & Helwys, 2015), and Conversations with Scripture: 2 Isaiah (Morehouse, 2008). He has written introductions and annotations for the major modern study Bibles, including the New Oxford Annotated Bible, the CEB Study Bible, and the Harper Collins Study Bible, as well as many journal articles and essays in reference works.
Sunday, May 28: The Later Prophets

Dr. Stephen Cook

Dr. Stephen L. Cook (http://drstephenlcook.com/home.html) serves as the Catherine N. McBurney Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the author of five books, including The Apocalyptic Literature (Abingdon, 2003), Reading Deuteronomy (Smith & Helwys, 2015), and Conversations with Scripture: 2 Isaiah (Morehouse, 2008). He has written introductions and annotations for the major modern study Bibles, including the New Oxford Annotated Bible, the CEB Study Bible, and the Harper Collins Study Bible, as well as many journal articles and essays in reference works.
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