Theology Update for the Week of April 27

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Dear friends in Christ

For the past few years I have been a member of ARC-USA, the Anglican-Roman Catholic Theological Consultation in the USA. Our statement, “Ecclesiology and Moral Discernment,” was released on Tuesday. You can read the news release from the Episcopal Church here. The USCCB (= Roman Catholic) news release is here. Both those pages have links to the document itself.

Ecumenical dialogue continues to be important. I found myself learning more about both churches’ teaching through our difficult sessions of trying to state things clearly and fairly. Indeed, thanks to this dialogue I now have a better grasp of Anglican moral thinking, and with that a renewed appreciation for it. It sounds formulaic, but it’s true: it was a privilege to serve our church and the cause of Christian unity in this way.

Upcoming Classes

A new class on 2 Corinthians begins on Sunday, April 27 at 10am (5th floor of the Parish House), and it will be repeated on Thursday, May 1, at 12:40pm. (2nd floor).

The final, wrap-up session of the Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class is on Tuesday, April 29, at 6:30pm (Andrew Hall). It’s a chance to ask Father Mead a question about anything that was covered in the course. A portion of the class will be given over to instructions for the confirmation service.

The Ethical Wednesdays series will discuss chapter 5 of Oliver O’Donovan’s Self, World, and Time on Wednesday, April 30, at 6:30pm (Andrew Hall).

And the following week, on Monday, May 5, there will be a seminar discussion of Plato’s Phaedrus, from 6:30 to 8pm (Andrew Hall). Please note the time is slightly later than usual for a Monday class; there will be choral evensong that Monday.