The Canterbury Forum

About the Canterbury Forum

What is the Canterbury Forum?


The Canterbury Forum is a program series serving the mainline faith communities of the Cedar Valley. It was created in the fall of 2005 with the purpose of informing and educating the people of those communities about religious issues and the complex ways in which they affect and are affected by the broader society and culture. Typically, the Forum presents six programs a year, divided between a Fall (August-September-October) and a Winter/Spring (February-March-April) series. By the summer of 2016, the Forum had presented eighty-five programs.  Programs last about an hour and a half (including time for questions), and typical attendance is between sixty and eighty people.


Is the Canterbury Forum affiliated with a particular religious community?


The Canterbury Forum’s name recognizes the fact that St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Cedar Falls has provided space free of charge for the Forum’s programs since the Forum’s inception.  The Forum is not otherwise affiliated in any way with St. Luke’s, the Episcopal Church, or with any religious body.  The fact that the majority of its programs have addressed Christian themes and issues reflects the fact that Christians constitute the great majority of the residents of the Cedar Valley.  Forum programs typically examine issues from a moderate to liberal perspective both because that perspective reflects the point of view of the mainline faith communities that the Forum was created to serve and because conservative religious communities have a multitude of outlets through which they regularly present their own point of view.


What does the Canterbury Forum cost?


All Canterbury Forum programs are free and open to the public.  At Forum programs there is no “passing the hat” for funds.  There are no dues for faith communities or individuals to “join” the Canterbury Forum or to receive information about the Forum or its activities.  The Forum has no budget and no bank account.  The people who present programs to the Forum do so either gratis or through the generosity of programs at the University of Northern Iowa and Wartburg College, or of community activist groups. The Forum’s equipment and web-hosting needs are met by the members of the Forum Coordinating Committee from their own resources.  To all others, the Canterbury Forum is free.


How can I keep informed about the Canterbury Forum and its activities?


You can explore what the Forum has coming up by going to the Upcoming Forum Programs page on this website, and you can see what we've done since 2005 by checking out the topical listings under Past Programs.  You can also e-mail us.  The Forum's general e-mail address is canterburyforum@gmail.com; you can also e-mail individual coordinators, whose e-mail addresses are listed on the Contact Us page. The Forum Coordinators send out e-mail reminders about its programs and those activities to faith communities and individuals who so desire. The Forum never shares anyone’s e-mail address with any other persons, groups, or organizations, under any circumstances.