Adult Forum In October

by Father Chris Hardman
October 6th:   "Resourcing our Faith"
Chris Caywood and Oscar David will reflect on how the ways in which we use our various resources reflect our faith and relationship with God and the world.

October 13th: Steve Colton from the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Steve will share his own experience with depression as well as lead us in a discussion about mental health in general.

October 20th: Zach Schmidt from Bread for the World
Zach will introduce us to the concept of biblical justice in our world in a very gentle way.

October 27th: Sam Portaro, priest and author from Chicago
Sam will introduce us to the Anglican tradition of Prayer with a few surprises thrown into the mix.

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It is a great line-up that includes opportunities to address the four keys of Vibrant Faith: Caring Conversations, Devotions, Rituals and Traditions, and Service.  I am particularly excited about having my friend Sam Portaro with us on the 27th.  Sam was one of the spiritual directors at the National Church Retreat I attended led by the faculty of CREDO.  He will not only lead our forum but will preach at all the morning services.  I lifted a little biography from the internet to share with everyone.

Sam Portaro is a priest of the Episcopal Church. A graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, he was Episcopal Chaplain to the College of William & Mary and Associate to the Rector of Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Virginia, from 1976 until 1982.

As Episcopal Chaplain to The University of Chicago and Director of Brent House from 1982 to 2004, he oversaw the restoration and modernization of this historic property and a revitalization of its program as a vibrant center on its own campus and a national resource for student and young adult ministry.

Currently serving on a faculty team of The CREDO Institute, he also conducts Quiet Days, retreats and has served as a consultant and preacher nationwide and in England, and has filled interim posts on the faculties of both Seabury Western Theological Seminary and The University of Chicago Divinity School. He is a Trustee of the Pullman Educational Foundation in Chicago.

Sam has written several books including Brightest and Best: A Companion to Lesser Feats and Fast and Sheer Christianity: Conjectures on a Catechism.

As you can see we have some informative and exciting adult forums this month. Please take time to join us.