Theology Update for the Week of January 12

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Dear friends in Christ

Here is a summary of classes to come, starting with Sunday, January 12:

This Sunday, a special offering: Epiphany and Poetry: T. S. Eliot and Others, a guest lecture by Dr. Robert Duvall. (Recent days may give a special poignancy to that line, “A cold coming we had of it”!) Anyone with an interest in this is welcome to the 5th floor at 10 a.m., where there is also coffee and tea.

What God Said to Job–and the wisdom Job gained—will be the topic of the final classes in the Bible study on this amazing book.

  • There will be three more Thursday classes at 12:10. The first, on January 16, will pick up at chapter 38.
  • There will be two more Sunday classes at 10 a.m., picking up at chapter 40 on January 19.

You are welcome to come to either, or to move back and forth—whatever works with your schedule. As you can see, we will come to the end of the book of Job at the end of this month, and a new study (TBA) will begin on Sunday, February 2.

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class begins next week on Tuesday, January 14. A comprehensive overview of Christian faith and practice in the Anglican tradition, this 14-session class is also preparation for the sacrament of confirmation for those who wish to receive it. The class meets in Andrew Hall from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The first session is “God the Father: Creation and Fall.”

Ethical Wednesdays will start January 29 with a four-session course on Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed. Father Austin will lead the discussion in Andrew Hall at 6:30 p.m. For the first session, the assignment is chapters 1 and 2.

Christians Readings Greeks, a series of seminars on first Mondays, will begin February 3 with the following selections from Homer’s Iliad: Books 1, 6, 9, 16, 18 (to line 371 only), 22, and 24. Although jumpy, these selections give the basic story of Achilles and his anger. Participants may read any translation. The discussion will be in Andrew Hall from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.

And on Sunday, January 19:

Father Mead has invited as our guest preacher the Reverend Joseph Lienhard, S.J., professor of theology at Fordham University. Father Lienhard gave the very well-received fall theology lecture in 2011, “A Church Without a Bible? The Emergence of the New Testament,” which you can listen to here. On January 19 he will be preaching at both the 11am and 4pm services.