Rector’s Forum

Sundays at 10:30am
Chapel & Livestream

The Rector’s Forum offers engaging dialogue and interactive teaching on Growing in Grace, the St. David’s 2022-23 theme. This year renowned local professors, theologians, and speakers will join The Rev. W. Frank Allen in biblically rich and theologically engaging dialogues on the life cycle of faith, centered in Colossians 1:10, “so that we may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.”

All adults, both experienced Christians and newcomers, are welcome. Offered in-person and by our livestream, below. Those watching from home can submit questions live to formationquestions@stdavidschurch.org or use the form below the livestream window.

September 18 - The Rev. W. Frank Allen

Growing in Grace: An Introduction

The Rev. W. Frank Allen has served as Rector since 1997. He grew up in Dallas, TX and attended Duke University on academic and music scholarships. After graduating with a degree in History, Frank worked for a large construction company in Philadelphia before answering the call to the priesthood. He attended Virginia Theological Seminary and served two years at St. John’s in Roanoke, VA before coming to St. David’s. Frank has served on the Standing Committee for the Diocese of Pennsylvania and other committees and commissions. He has twice served as a Deputy to The General Convention of The Episcopal Church. Frank is a Canon for Mission in the Episcopal Diocese of Guatemala and serves on the Board of the Gathering of Leaders. He has developed curriculum for adult baptism and confirmation, as well as a study on the Gifts of the Spirit. Frank and his wife Amy have three grown sons.

September 25 - October 9: Dr. Carey Walsh

September 25 – The Gentling Grace of God
October 2 – Climbing Up to Discipleship
October 9 – Growing into Life More Abundant

Dr. Carey Walsh is a Professor of Biblical Theology at Villanova University, where she teaches both undergraduates and graduate students in theology. This term she is teaching a course on Creation Care which explores Christian faith and the environmental crisis. Her doctorate is in Old Testament, because she fell in love with its messy realism, i.e., that no one is perfect, and God approaches us all.

October 16-30: The Rev. Dr. Flora Keshgegian

October 16 – What is Grace and How Do We Imagine It?
October 23 – Grace Under Pressure
October 30 – Witnesses to Grace

The Rev. Dr. Flora A. Keshgegian is passionate about life, religion, and faith. She was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania in 1979 and has ministered and taught in a variety of settings, including as Associate Chaplain at Brown University and a professor at Seminary of the Southwest, Stonehill College, Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the Graduate Theological Union. She is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania (BA), Philadelphia Divinity School (M.Div.), and Boston College and Andover Newton Theological School (PhD in Theology). As a theologian and writer, she seeks to provide nourishment for the yearnings of the heart in her three books, God Reflected: Metaphors for LifeTime for Hope: Practices for Living in Today’s World and Redeeming Memories: A Theology of Healing and Transformation. Her writing and teaching focus on re-imagining Christian ideas about who God is and how God acts, as well as attending to suffering and memory, justice and hope. She is particularly interested in what it means to live an abundant life, especially with a legacy of trauma and suffering. 

November 6: ALL PARISH EVENT - All Saints' Day Parish Breakfast

All Parish Breakfast for All Saints’ Day in St. David’s Hall

November 13 and 20: Serviam Institute

November 13 – Rooted in Grace: The Gift of Spiritual Direction part 1
November 20 – Rooted in Grace: The Gift of Spiritual Direction part 2

Serviam Institute is a Diocese of Pennsylvania hub for resources to equip and empower Christians for mission and ministry.

November 27: ALL PARISH EVENT - Advent Wreath-making

December 4: St. David's Clergy

Abiding in Advent Grace in John 15

December 11: The Rev. Betty Wright-Riggins

Abiding in Advent Grace: “In Me or In me?”

The Rev. Betty Wright-Riggins is an ordained American Baptist Minister and certified Spiritual Director. She has served as a pastor, consultant, executive denominational leader and co- founder of the American Baptist Churches Spiritual Director’s Network and the Rhythms of the Spirit retreat experience. She has taught at Eastern University and in Eastern University’s School of Christian Ministry. She currently serves as the interim Chaplain and coordinator of religious life at Ursinus College and staff spiritual director at the Middleton Center for Counseling and Spiritual Direction, and also provides spiritual direction at Princeton Seminary. Rev. Betty founded TrustOne, a consultancy, spiritual direction and formation ministry which includes “Breathing the Breath of God,” an in-home spiritual formation gathering and “Breathing in Scripture,” a weekly audio email.

December 18: ALL PARISH EVENT - Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 18 at 11:30am
Monday, December 19 at 7:00pm
Chapel & Livestreamed

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December 25-January 1 - NO FORUM - Holiday Break

January 8 - ALL PARISH EVENT - All Parish Epiphany Celebration

Details coming soon!

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