Nov
19
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Teresa Mendez, "The Sublime Psychology of Baltimore"

Baltimore has a certain psychology, a sublime sensibility at once obvious and ineffable, not unlike the unconscious itself: tender and tough, wounded and surviving, swaggering and fearful, Northern and Southern, black and white. In this talk we will touch on the psychological, social, and intellectual history of Baltimore. Teresa Méndez, MSW, LCSW-C, is a clinical social worker and graduate of Princeton University and the Smith College School for Social Work. A former journalist who has written and presented on psychotherapy and the intersection of race, ethnicity, and culture, she maintains a private practice in Baltimore.

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Nov
26
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Dr. Sherwood Githens, "The Search for Extraterrestrial Life"

The speaker will discuss the methods for first identifying planets that have the right conditions for life as we know it (especially water); some of the possible life-forms that might be encountered (touching on life found in extreme locations on earth, and the history of life on earth); and what signs of life will be sought via telescopes already built and under construction.  He will also talk about the philosophical/religious meaning of actually finding life on other planets in our solar system or around nearby stars.  Sherwood earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Biochemistry and has held numerous university teaching and administrative positions. He was a Scientific Review Administrator at the National Cancer Institute when he retired.

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Dec
10
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Dr. Matthew Crenson, "Politically Stifled Baltimore"

Unlike other port cities on the eastern seaboard, Baltimore was not a site of original colonization.  It emerged almost a century after the first British colonists arrived in Maryland. When Baltimore emerged, there was already an entrenched political establishment in Annapolis unwilling to grant the new town the authority needed to manage its own affairs. And Annapolis cast its shadow over Baltimore for much of the city’s history.

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Dec
17
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Dr. Matthew Crenson, "Economically Strapped Baltimore"

Baltimore’s greatest asset was its geographic location. It was further west than any of the east coast ports at a time when the population was moving inland. The town was ideally located to serve as the commercial link between the Atlantic Trade and the Agricultural Produce of the Interior. The completion of the Erie Canal in the 1820’s undercut Baltimore’s status. In a daring attempt to recover its primacy, the city invested heavily in the B&O Railroad. The enormous debt incurred in financing the development of this untried technology inhibited the development of public services and institutions until the end of the 19th century and beyond.

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Jan
7
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Dr. Pat Fosarelli, "Both Sides of the Epiphany Story: A Lesson for the 21st Century"

Baltimore’s greatest asset was its geographic location. It was further west than any of the east coast ports at a time when the population was moving inland. The town was ideally located to serve as the commercial link between the Atlantic Trade and the Agricultural Produce of the Interior. The completion of the Erie Canal in the 1820’s undercut Baltimore’s status. In a daring attempt to recover its primacy, the city invested heavily in the B&O Railroad. The enormous debt incurred in financing the development of this untried technology inhibited the development of public services and institutions until the end of the 19th century and beyond.

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Jan
14
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Dr. Arthur Sutherland, "When Should You Be Impatient?: King's Ethic of Waiting"

Dr. Arthur M. Sutherland is an Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore and Dean of the Class of 2020. He has advanced degrees from Yale University Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. He did research in Germany and Switzerland for his doctoral dissertation on Karl Barth’s early preaching.  His current research interest include the spirituality of generosity, and the significance of patience as a Christian practice. In King’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” he writes, For years now I have heard the word "Wait!" It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This "Wait" has almost always meant "Never." We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that "justice too long delayed is justice denied.” There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience. In our discussion today, we will examine King’s life to see why he argued that impatience was a natural outgrowth of his Christian commitments to justice.  After setting his words in context, we will look at parallels in our own time and seek to find ways his ethic of impatience is still applicable today.

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Jan
21
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Canon Angela Shepherd, "Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s Long-Term Commitment to Racial Healing, Reconciliation, and Justice – Unpacking the Contents for Today"

The Rev. Dr. Angela Shepherd, Canon for Mission, will discuss “becoming beloved community,” which was released in 2017 as a response to a long-term commitment to racial justice. Our denomination has made overtures in the direction for several decades with spotty success. Canon Shepherd will explore the four areas outlined in the document: telling the truth, repairing the breach, proclaiming the dream, and practicing the way of love. We can all do more to help dismantle the sin of racism as it exists in our day. Much has already been accomplished, but the work is not finished.
 

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Jan
28
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Kirby Fowler, "The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore"

There are many great and exciting things happening in downtown Baltimore. The President of the Downtown Partnership, Kirby Fowler, joins us this morning to discuss some of the major events and happenings that are making Baltimore one of the most talked about cities on the East Coast. From the Inner Harbor to Station North and some of Baltimore’s “hippest” neighborhoods (like Mt. Vernon) the Downtown Partnership is your connection to all the excitement Baltimore has to offer.

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Feb
4
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Neil O'Farrell, "Christian Mysticism in the Modern Era - Part 1"

Christian Mysticism in the Modern Era: The great age of mysticism did not end with the Protestant Reformation. There was a new flowering of mystical reflection, writing, and teaching in the 19th, 20th, and even 21st centuries. This forum will look at such important mystical guides as Thomas Merton, Simone Weil, Henri Nouwen, and Mother Theresa. What do teachers of our age have to say to us and to future ages?

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Feb
11
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Neil O'Farrell, "Christian Mysticism in Surprising Places - Part 2"

Christian Mysticism in Surprising Places: Don’t look for Christian mystical writing just in the religion aisle. Science—particularly in the consideration of time, matter, and the universe— can often best be understood through a mystical lens. Among those who will be considered will be John Polkinghorne of Britain, perhaps an eventual winner of the Noble Prize in physics, who is an Episcopal priest and a deeply spiritual thinker and writer on such subjects as prayer, creation, and miracles. Also, Teilhard de Chardin, a Jesuit paleontologist, whose writings were suppressed in his life, but become immediately a transcendent new voice in Christian mystical devotion when published.

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Feb
25
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - George W. Fisher, "Seeing the Sacred in Creation: Rading the Bible through the Eyes of Science"

George Fisher is Emeritus Professor of Geology at Johns Hopkins University and a retired faculty member of the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary. His professional life was devoted first to studying Appalachian geology, then to exploring the interplay between scientific and religious understandings of nature. In retirement, he continues to write on connections between the Earth sciences and our Biblical tradition. The Old and New Testaments both remind us that our religious ancestors sensed sacredness in creation from the very beginning. For Christians, the Incarnation is the clearest evidence of that opportunity. Modern science can enrich our ability to see the sacred in nature, and deepen our understanding of scripture. As an example, I will reflect on Jesus’ parable of the sower from an ecological perspective, which allows us to see the parable as a metaphor for successive stages of spiritual development that can lead to personal transformation, rather than three failures followed by a single success.

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Mar
4
to Mar 18

Adult Forum - Dr. Rhetta Wiley, "Stories of Faith and Wisdom"

In this three week series, the Rev. Dr. Rhetta Wiley, Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame of Maryland University, will lead an examination of three biblical figures: Eve, Ruth, and the Syro-Phoenician woman. Each of these characters provides an example of integrating faith and reason, as well as the powerful wisdom that comes from that integration. She will discuss their stories and consider how we can engage them in our own lives.

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Apr
8
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Bishop John Rabb, "The Torah - Part 1"

Former Bishop Suffragan of Maryland the Right Rev. John l. Rabb will present a three part series on The Pentateuch, also called the Torah or Story. These books are the ones that can be found on the scrolls in the sanctuaries of synagogues.  They are the most formative guide to the covenant with Israel as God’s people. The Books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy can be understood from four sources: reflecting how Israel sees itself; understands monotheism and develops a moral code; an understanding of worship; and the place of ritual. This presentation will be presented in three consecutive forms, with the first week devoted to an overview of the five books.
 

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Apr
22
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum, Bishop John Rabb, "The Torah, Part 3: The Ritual, Worship, and Moral Code"

Former Bishop Suffragan of Maryland the Right Rev. John l. Rabb will present a three part series on The Pentateuch, also called the Torah or Story. These books are the ones that can be found on the scrolls in the sanctuaries of synagogues.  They are the most formative guide to the covenant with Israel as God’s people. The Books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy can be understood from four sources: reflecting how Israel sees itself; understands monotheism and develops a moral code; an understanding of worship; and the place of ritual. This presentation will be presented in three consecutive forms, with the first week devoted to an overview of the five books.
 

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May
6
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Dr. Thomas Culbertson, "What Would Jesus Think about Himself?"

At his next forum, The Rev. Dr. Culbertson will focus on Jesus’ thoughts about his own actions. The modern era does not have a monopoly on self-reflection and self-actualization. Like the rest of us, the life of Jesus of Nazareth was shaped by life changing events and experiences. They are few in number, but very significant.

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May
13
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - The Rev. Joseph Wood, "Those that Travel the Way with Us"

As his second year at Emmanuel draws to a close, our assistant rector will discuss that journey and what it has meant to grow into his priesthood with this community. (Spoiler alert: the experience has been impossibly more than he could ever have imagined.) He’ll ponder why he’s grateful, what he’s learned, and where it may lead.

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Nov
12
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Rebecca Hancock, "Prophets of the 8th Century"

Rebecca Hancock teaches Biblical Studies at the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in Hebrew Bible. She teaches a variety of classes related to the field of Old Testament Studies, including biblical Hebrew, Psalms, Prophets, and a course on the Decalogue. Her research interests are related to gender, ethnicity, and social constructions in the ancient world. In this forum, we will focus on the writings from the prophets of the 8th century, which include the Books of Amos, Hosea, Micah and Isaiah 1-39. We will discuss their perspective on social justice, the social and political realities of the eighth century in Israel and Judah that shaped those convictions, and the ethical implications of their words for today’s faith communities.

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Nov
5
10:30 AM10:30

All Saints Sunday

During the service, we will read the names of loved ones who have died. Please give any names you wish included in the bulletin to Kim by October 25 at 410 685-1130 or kim@emmanueldowntown.org. You also are encouraged to bring photographs and/or small mementos of those you will be remembering (named or not), which will be will be displayed at altars setup for the service.

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Nov
5
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Bill Henry, "Talking Candidly about Race is a Risk"

In his Baltimore Sun commentary of January 30, 2017, Councilman Bill Henry posed a challenging question, “Is it possible to candidly discuss the issue of race in today’s society”? As he observes in his commentary, talking plainly about race is a risk each time. Such conversations are highly charged from any emotional perspective. Now more than any other time, these conversations have forced their way into the national consciousness. In our forum today Councilman Henry will explore what role, if any, humor may play in these conversations.

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Nov
4
9:00 AM09:00

Trail of Souls Pilgrimage

Join the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for "Trail of Souls II" November 4. We'll make a pilgrimage of truth and reconciliation to holy places filled with stories of the past and present as well as a future of justice. On this 153rd commemoration of Maryland’s constitutional end of chattel slavery we'll follow the trail of souls who lived and worked, worshiped and prayed, slave and free.

Our day will include a community journey through four historic churches in Baltimore City, beginning and ending at our diocesan center on University Parkway in Baltimore. Registration opens at 8:45 AM with a short program at 9:00 AM. Buses will then depart our diocesan center at 9:30 AM, returning by 5:00 PM. 

While on the bus you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts with new friends. Each stop along the way will present a unique opportunity to gain historical information that ties us to today. A hearty lunch will be provided at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. This is a spiritual pilgrimage grounded in truth and reconciliation - all are welcome! Your donation of $25.00 will include all of the above and a souvenir tote bag. Please see further details and register below.

https://www3.thedatabank.com/dpg/543/donate.asp?formid=Events&c=5817723

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Oct
29
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Ellen Robbins, "Racism and the Bible in American History"

Ellen Robbins is a Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at John Hopkins University. She has a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from New York University and a M.Div. from Yale University. She has been teaching at Johns Hopkins since 1993, and is the author of The Storyteller and the Garden of Eden, a radical rereading of the first chapters of Genesis.
Biblical texts and biblical history have been quoted to justify American slavery and to oppose it, and have played a role in the development of segregation after emancipation – alongside attempts to overcome it that continue to this day.

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Oct
22
11:45 AM11:45

Emmanuel Discussion Group about Racism

A group of EEC congregants meet bi-weekly after the 10:30 service in the Brent Room to discuss racism. Our goal is to understand racism within ourselves; to learn about historical racism at Emmanuel Church and within the Episcopal Diocese; and to recognize and to speak out against racism in Baltimore and in our wider community.

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Oct
22
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Green and Healthy Homes Initiative - Lead Poisoning Prevention 101

The Green and Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is dedicated to breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy children. Nearly six million households live with moderate to severe health hazards which place them at risk for illnesses and injuries, including: asthma, lead poisoning, and respiratory illness. GHHI replaces stand-alone housing intervention programs with an integrated, whole-house approach that produces sustainable green, healthy and safe homes. As a result, the organization is improving health, as well as economic and social outcomes for families across the country. A representative will lead us in a discussion of GHHI activities in the Baltimore area.
 

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Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

2nd Annual Pasta Dinner

Come for fellowship and fun, welcome Hentzi to our community, or come get your carb-load on for the Baltimore Running Festival (Sat, Oct 21)! No cost to attend. Please sign up by October 15 by contacting the office or on the sign up sheet in the Narthex. Contact Erin McClure if you're interested in volunteering for meal prep or clean up.  Gluten-free and vegan options available. Emmanuel t-shirt will be available!

In the Gallery.

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Oct
15
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Becky Zartman - "From Top-Down to Collaborative Ministries: Rethinking Time, Talent and Treasure for Young Adults"

The Rev. Becky Zartman is the Episcopal Missioner to Georgetown University. She also serves on the Episcopal Diocese of Washington's Diocesan Council and EDOW's Strategic Financial Resources Commission. Before seminary, Becky worked as a fundraiser at a top 10 non-profit, and after seminary, Becky's ministry has focused around being a young adult priest to other young adults. In this session, Becky will fuse her two professional interests into a conversation about holistically engaging young adults in vocational, collaborative ministry -- which includes addressing the two things Millennials are short on: money and time.

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Oct
8
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Holly Brittingham, "Culture and Inclusion: How Awareness of Implicit Bias Can Lead to Positive Change"

Through explorations of neuroscience and behavioral science, this interactive presentation explains how our unconscious brains affect every aspect of our lives – including ways that sometimes surprise us. We are all biased. This does not make us bad or wrong, but simply human, and thus imperfect. Our implicit biases can contribute to patterns of exclusion or discrimination that conflict with our values. However, our brains have the ability to cultivate more conscious awareness and override these automatic tendencies. Holly Brittingham, our presenter, will review and practice some techniques for doing just this.
 

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Oct
1
10:30 AM10:30

St. Francis Sunday

October 1 is the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Francis, so it's when we'll be hosting our annual commemoration of Francis and Blessing of the Pets. Please bring your pet(s) to the 10:30 service if you would like them to be blessed. (If it doesn't make sense to bring the actual animal, a photograph or other memento is fine.) Since it will also be Hentzi's first Sunday at Emmanuel, all are invited to a particularly festive coffee hour after the service to celebrate.

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Oct
1
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Kate Flory, "Humane Education and So Much More"

Katie Flory, the Community Affairs Director for the Maryland SPCA and Chair of Baltimore City Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Commission, will speak on St. Francis Sunday, so be sure to bring your pet to the forum!  She will remain for blessing of the animals at the main service with her pets. She is responsible for analysis and advocacy of legislation affecting animal welfare and heads the Maryland SPCA’s Humane Education Program, which provides presentations to local schools, universities and community groups. (It has provided training to thousands of volunteers in animal handling and safety.) Learn about the Maryland SPCA and their efforts to provide humane education in the Baltimore community: from bite prevention to reading to pets, learn what they are doing and how you can get involved.
 

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Sep
24
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Canon Daniel Webster, "The Social Media Revolution and its Impact on the Church"

The Rev. Daniel J. Webster has been Canon for Evangelism and Media in the Diocese of Maryland since 2010. In his 20 years of ordained ministry he has served parishes as Rector, Vicar, and Interim in three dioceses, as well as several communications ministry positions. His discussion topic, Digital Evangelism, stems from the premise that Evangelism happens whenever you encounter the Divine and share your experience. Now technology allows sharing faith with people we will never meet in person. Canon Webster will talk about digital tools in sharing our faith with the world of God’s own making and redeeming.

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Aug
24
6:00 PM18:00

EEC Urbanites - Dinner and Flicks on the Hill at AVAM

Meet us at 6pm for dinner at Byblos Lebanese Cuisine. Then, join us at the American Visionary Arts Museum for free admission until 9pm, and stay for the 9pm showing of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial". Feel free to come for dinner, the museum, and/or the movie. Please RSVP by email (roza.and.liz@gmail.com) or on Facebook if you plan to join us. All are welcome!

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Jul
9
11:45 AM11:45

Anti-Racism Group

Sunday, July 9, 11:45 am

A group of EEC congregants meet bi-weekly after the 10:30 service in the Brent Room to discuss racism. Our goal is to understand racism within ourselves; to learn about historical racism at Emmanuel Church and within the Episcopal Diocese; and to recognize and to speak out against racism in Baltimore and in our wider community. This week Pete Powell and Taylor Daynes will lead a discussion about the group's outreach future. 

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