Guest Speakers and Preachers

by The Rev. Dr. Jason Parkin, Rector 

On three successive Sundays, we will welcome visiting speakers at the Adult Forum: Ellen Katz, the Rev. Mark McIntosh, Ph.D., and the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows. Many will remember Ellen Katz from her appearance last year, when she spoke to the Forum about Hinduism and Buddhism. This year, on November 8, she will present on the Buddhistunderstanding of the Tao. On November 15, Mark McIntosh, truly one of the preeminent theologians in the Anglican world, and, indeed, in the larger Christian community-especially in the area of spirituality-will both preach at the 9:00 and 11:15 Eucharists and address the forum on Trinitarian spirituality and theology. And, finally, Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, one of the senior staff members of the Diocese of Chicago, who preached and taught here over three years ago, will once again be our homilist, and will lead a discussion in the Great Room on racism. Please see Fr. Chris' article for more information on each of these three special events.

The Annual Winnetka Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Service is going to take place right here at Holy Comforter on Tuesday evening, November 24, at 7:30 p.m.! Most will remember that we joined the Winnetka Interfaith Council (WIC) about two years ago, and participated in this service last year at the Baha'i House of Worship. This year, we will be the site for the celebration, which will include readings, prayers, and musical offerings from the Christian, Jewish, Baha'i, and Muslim traditions, and will feature an interfaith choir from several congregations, as well as a brass quartet, led by our own Derek Nickels. The preacher for the service will be the Rt. Rev. Christopher Epting, the assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago. Bp. Epting visited Holy Comforter on Pentecost in 2013. He was, for many years, the Ecumenical Officer of the national Episcopal Church, and has been involved in many dialogues, endeavors, programs, and ministries that cross denominational and religious borders. Bp. Epting was the Bishop of Iowa the entire time I served Trinity Church, Iowa City as rector (1991-2000), and is one of my favorite people on the planet. This promises to be a unique experience and offering the likes of which we have not previously hosted at Holy Comforter!