Theology Update for the Week of December 07

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Dear friends in Christ,

Today at 10am, the adult theology class will cover Ecclesiastes 6:10—8:1. In this book, the Bible gives us what I’m calling a “cool wisdom” for living in a fallen world. Visitors are welcome. We meet on the 5th floor, and there are coffee and tea in the room.

Thursday, December 11, at 12:40pm, I will repeat the Sunday class. So if you’ve missed one of the recent classes, or can’t come at 10am tomorrow, you might like to join us on Thursday. We meet on the 2nd floor, and have coffee and tea. (If it’s your lunch hour, feel free to bring a sack lunch.)
Looking ahead: A week from Monday (i.e., December 15) we’ll have the final seminar discussion on the Divine Comedy. Our text is the second half of Dante’s Paradiso, namely cantos 18-33. You need to read those in order to join the discussion, but it is not necessary to have read the earlier parts of the Comedy or to have participated in the earlier seminars.

Then in January:
The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class begins on Tuesday, January 13, and runs through early May. If you would like to join Saint Thomas, or be confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church, or if you’d simply like a good refresher course, please join Father Turner and me. The class has 14 sessions overall. There is no registration.

The Good Books & Good Talk seminars, after our (very popular) six-month run of Dante, will turn to 20th and 21st century books for the beginning of 2015. The first seminar, on Monday, January 26, will be on Christopher Beha’s novel, What Happened to Sophie Wilder. Unusual because it takes Christian faith seriously—yet in no way simplistically—this novel will set us up for a fine conversation on that Monday evening. Christopher Beha is an editor at Harper’s and a resident of Brooklyn, and may be younger than Father Daniels. I hope at some point he will come to speak to us here.

A happy Saint Nicholas’ Day to each of you.

Father Austin