May
13
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - 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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May
6
12:00 PM12:00

2018 Annual Meeting

Immediately following our regular 10:30 am Sunday service, Emmanuel will hold its 2018 annual parish meeting. (There will be light refreshments, but please try to return to the main sanctuary quickly so that we can get started.) 

The planned agenda is as follows:

  1. Opening Prayer
  2. Rector's Report
  3. Outreach Report
  4. Accessibility Update
  5. Financial Report - Fiscal Year 2017
  6. 2018 Peek Prize
  7. Election of Vestry Members
  8. General Business
  9. Closing Prayer
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Apr
29
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - Dr. Sherwood Githens, "The Search for Extraterrestrial Life" (Make-Up)

Dr. Sherwood Githens, a former Sr. Warden at Emmanuel Church, will talk about he methods for first identifying planets that have the right conditions for life as we know it (especially liquid 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 further explore the philosophical and religious meaning of actually finding life on other planets in our solar system or around nearby stars.

 

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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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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
1
8:30 AM08:30

Easter Day

8:30 & 10:30 am Festival Celebration of the Holy Eucharist

(The Easter Egg hunt returns to Emmanuel Church! In addition to a festive coffee hour, children will be given bags to collect brightly colored Easter eggs hidden throughout the church building. Please contact Joseph, jwood@emmanueldowntown.org, if you would like to help stuff plastic eggs, hide them or otherwise assist with this event.)

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Mar
25
8:30 AM08:30

Holy Week Services - Palm Sunday

8:30 am, Holy Eucharist in Eccleston Chapel

10:30 am, Blessing of the Palms at Mount Vernon Square before processing back to the main sanctuary for the Holy Eucharist and a reading of the Passion
**UPDATE: Given how cold it is, the 10:30 am will begin in the Narthex**

(There will be no Adult Forum on Palm Sunday or Easter Day.)

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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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Feb
25
9:10 AM09:10

Adult Forum - George W. Fisher, "Seeing the Sacred in Creation: Reading 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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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
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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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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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
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
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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Dec
21
5:30 PM17:30

Greening of the Church

Help us begin the decoration of the church for the Christmas season. Give yourself a quiet moment in the hectic whirl of Christmas preparation and join good friends for a special evening dressing the nave in nature's evergreen bounty. There's enough work for everyone hanging greens, making window arrangements and hanging wreaths. Please bring your favorite heavy appetizer for 8 to share. If you'd like, bring work or garden gloves. All ages are welcome!

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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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