The Forum

Here’s what’s happening at the Forum in February (Sundays 9:45 a.m. in the Carey Chapel):

5 Feb:  David Gardiner – The Power of Compassionate Grieving:  Buddhist and Christian Approaches.
The Forum welcomes David back for another visit by popular demand. His teaching at CC focuses on Buddhism, with other courses on East Asian religions and religion and science. David co-founded a local educational and spiritual group called BodhiMind Center, dedicated to sharing the fruits of Buddhist thought and practice with the broader community. How can we learn to attune our hearts and minds more directly to the life-giving force that genuine compassion brings? Buddhist and Christian traditions both offer time-tested, golden methods for re-thinking our place in the world among others as one of radical interdependence, in which loving care only strengthens our sense of purpose and our capacity for joy. David will focus on classical and modern exponents of both spiritual traditions. Come reflect together on ways to truly open more fully to our depths of kindness.

12 Feb:  Elizabeth Boardman – Computer Security and Information Privacy (Quick Tips).  Elizabeth is a retired Navy officer turned cyber security professional. In 1998, she returned to college for a degree in computer science followed by graduate school at Iowa State University for Information Assurance (aka cyber security). She has worked as a cyber security professional in Alaska and Maryland before transferring to the Springs. Elizabeth is active in many organizations serving as a board member of the Colorado Springs chapter of the Information Systems Security Association. You may have seen her in the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings when she volunteers as an usher. She is a third generation Ohio State Buckeye, has two married daughters, and four grandchildren under five years old. Learn tips on what you can do to secure your home computer, protect credit/debit cards, etc., and enjoy safe travel on the information highway. All ability levels will benefit from Elizabeth’s knowledge.

19 Feb:  Jennifer Foerster – Standing Rock: Protecting Native American Water, Land, People, and Culture.
Last November, about fifty protesters gathered downtown to show support for the thousand people who have been camping at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation (waving signs saying “Mni Wiconi, or Water is Life”). They want to block the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline which is planned to snake under the Missouri River. Perhaps you have heard about the winter hardships at the Oceti Sakowin camp. The US Army Corps of Engineers says it would seek alternative routes, but the issue is far from settled.  Jennifer Foerster, who has been to the North Dakota camp, is a poet and teacher living in Colorado Springs while pursuing her PhD at the University of Denver. A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Jennifer previously lived in Santa Fe and San Francisco where she worked as a grant writer and non-profit development consultant. She is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, and received her MFA from the Vermont College of the Fine Arts. Jennifer received a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University. Her first book of poems, Leaving Tulsa, was published in 2013.  Come hear Jennifer talk about this pipeline project as well as other indigenous rights and ecological justice controversies.

26 Feb:  No Forum (Opportunity Fair)

Come to the Forum, where all ideas are safely spoken. We hope to see you on Sundays, 9:45 a.m. in November for four topics chosen to enhance your experience at FCC. The Forum is in session most Sunday mornings September through May at 9:45 a.m. in the Carey Chapel through the efforts of your Forum Team (Howard Ray, Don Allred, Bruce Latimer, Cathy White, and Leah Davis Witherow). Send a message with your questions and comments to

Location: Carey Chapel
Time: 9:45 am – 10:45 am
ContactHoward Ray for more information.

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