Adult Forum

Beginning January 6, 2021, Adult Forum will be presented via Zoom on Wednesday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:15 PM, preceded by Fellowship at 6:30 PM. Come and go as needed to fit your schedule. Click here to join the Zoom meeting.

Below is the schedule for our Adult Forum.  More detailed information is listed to the right.

January 20: No Forum
January 27: John Lent, Executive Director, American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
February 3: The Rev. Josh Thomas
February 10: Dr. David Celentano
February 17: The Canticles – The Song of Moses, Cantemus Domino
February 24: The Canticles – The Third Song of Isaiah, Surge, Illuminare
March 3: The Canticles – A Song of Penitence, Kyrie Pantokrator
March 10: The Canticles – The Song of the Redeemed, Magna et Mirabilia
March 17: The Canticles – You are God, Te Deum Laudamus

Wednesday, January 27

John Lent. Executive Director. American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
Ministry in Jerusalem

One of the victims of the COVID pandemic has been the close relationship between St. Anne’s and the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Mr. Lent will update us on the major projects of this organization. He will also address the prospect of restarting pilgrimages. Many parishioners at St. Anne’s have participated in pilgrimages led by our bishop and many look forward to going in the future.

Mr. Lent says, “I last visited the Diocese of Jerusalem in early March. I was on one of the last planes out of Israel before they closed the airport. I’m scheduled to visit in March 2021, but am not sure that will be possible. Most of the pilgrimage travel pros I talk with say that late fall 2021 probably is the soonest we’ll see a significant uptick in religious tourism in the Holy Land. I speak and Zoom with Diocese of Jerusalem institution leaders in the Middle East almost every day. They’re all suffering from the economic downturn.”


Wednesday, February 3

The Rev. Josh Thomas
Executive Director, Seeds of Peace (New York)

Seeds of Peace develops courageous leaders who work in solidarity across lines of difference to create more just and inclusive societies. The organization was founded in 1993 by John Wallach, who invited delegations of Israeli, Palestinian, and Egyptian teenagers to spend a summer living together and engaging in dialogue with each other at the Seeds of Peace Camp in Otisfield, Maine. With a historic focus on the Middle East, we have expanded our impact to reach South Asia, the United States, and Europe and conduct both international and local programs for youth and adults year-round. As of this past summer, Kids4Peace, a global interfaith youth movement, is now a part of the Seeds of Peace community. Founded in Jerusalem in 2002, Kids4Peace has operated interfaith dialogue and community-based programs with a particular focus on middle school youth. You are welcome to learn more about our mission here.

Fr. Josh Thomas is an Episcopal priest, scholar and interfaith educator. He is Board Chair of the Alliance for Middle East Peace, a coalition of 100+ organizations working at the grassroots level to build peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and has also served as Executive Director of Kids4Peace since 2011.

Josh led a State Department exchange program for youth in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina and served as a congregational pastor and university chaplain in Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, and New Hampshire. He taught interfaith education and peacebuilding at Boston University School of Theology. During high school and college, Josh spent eight summers on staff at a camp in Pennsylvania, as a counselor, dialogue facilitator, ropes course instructor, and camp program director.

He is a frequent speaker, teacher, and workshop leader. He has been a presenter at Harvard Law School’s Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program, Yale University, and the United States Institute of Peace. He has also been an invited guest preacher at St. James Cathedral, Chicago; St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle; Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati; and Marsh Chapel at Boston University.

Josh is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Union Theological Seminary.


Wednesday, February 10

Dr. David Celentano, St. Anne’s Parishioner, Chair of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health
Living with COVID-19

Dr. Celentano will share with us the latest updates on COVID-19.