Theology Update for the Week of March 16

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Dear friends in Christ

The big event this week in theology will be the spring lecture on Wednesday, March 19, at 6:30pm. It will address a question you have doubtless asked yourself about Jesus’ difficult saying to sell everything, give it to the poor, and follow him. Saint Francis famously took that saying literally, yet it seems impossible for most of us to do so. We are not the first Christians to have asked this question! From the earliest times, Christian thinkers have pondered and written about it. In our spring theology lecture, Professor Stephen Hildebrand will speak on Should a Christian Sell Everything? Insights from the Early Church. The time for the lecture (6:30pm) places it shortly after the Festal Eucharist for St. Joseph’s Day (if you want, you can come at 5:30 and take in the Eucharist as well). A reception will follow. The lecture is free and open to the public, and no registration is needed.

Other classes coming up:

The raising of the dead is the final class in the “Sick People in the Bible” series. Sunday, March 16 at 10am on the 5th floor, and repeated Thursday (March 20) at 12:40pm on the 2nd floor, I will lead a study of three healings told in the Book of Acts, including Peter’s raising of Dorcas from the dead.

The Tuesday, March 18, session of the Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class is on sacramental confession: why the church has confession, what happens in a confession, and how one could prepare to make one’s confession. Anyone interested in the topic is welcome: in Andrew Hall from 6:30 to 7:30pm.

A new, short series will start in the week of March 23 on the Easter Vigil. The classes will meet on Sundays at 10am and be repeated on most Thursdays at 12:40pm, through Palm Sunday, April 13.

Christians Reading Greeks will discuss Sophocles’ play Antigone on Monday, April 7, at 6:15pm. If you read the text you are welcome to the conversation.