Community Forums

Community Forums are held in the Parish Hall on Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.  Child care is available in Room 4 during the forum.

Topics range from spirituality to church history to the application of Christian principles in our daily lives. Many of our speakers come from beyond the St. Jude's community and are experts in their fields.  

Spiritual Formation across Ages and Stages

October 22, 2017
Anne Clarke
‘Spiritual Formation across Ages and Stages’ with the Rev. Anne Clarke, Lifelong Christian Formation Director of the Diocese of Northern California.
Church is one of the few places where we have a chance to gather, learn with, and work together with non-family members of different ages and life experiences than our own. Join us to talk more about models for building a learning community of disciples together “across ages and stages.”
BIO:   The Rev. Anne Clarke graduated from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley in 2015, with a Master of Divinity and a MA focusing on Faith Formation in the area of Religion and Society. Anne has been a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Benicia for three years, where she has served as the coordinator of the Abraham Path interfaith project and as the Youth and Family Ministries Coordinator.

Originally from Northwest Indiana, both Anne and her spouse Myles lived in Los Angeles for several years before coming to Northern California. Before seminary, Anne worked as a teacher, tutor and communications staff person at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Los Angeles.


'A storyteller’s religion: working theology into the mystery novel.'

November 5, 2017
Laurie King

Mystery writer Laurie R. King talks about weaving religious and
theological ideas into her fiction.


Laurie R. King is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 novels and other works, including the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories (from The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, named one of the 20th century’s best crime novels by the IMBA, to 2016’s The Murder of Mary Russell).  She has won an alphabet of prizes from Agatha to Wolfe, been chosen as guest of honor at several crime conventions, and is probably the only writer to have both an Edgar and an honorary doctorate in theology. She was inducted into the Baker Street Irregulars in 2010, as “The Red Circle.”

The Science of Genetic Modification

November 19, 2017
Howard Hill
Chris Kimberlin

Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.