Theology Update for the Week of April 15

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Book(s) of Common Prayer

On April 15 at 10 a.m., the Rev. Dr. Kevin Moroney, Professor of Liturgics at the General Theological Seminary, discusses the American Prayer Book tradition. Originally formed through an adaptation of English and Scottish books, the American Books of Common Prayer have long drawn from a variety of liturgical texts. The result is a unique Prayer Book tradition that has been forged, like America itself, from a diversity of sources.

Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism

As Christians, how should we balance realism and idealism in our social and political lives? In this three-session class series, parishioners Jeremy Waldron and Curt Peters reflect on this question by examining the contributions of theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971). Niebuhr’s notion of “Christian Realism” took seriously the implications of human sinfulness for foreign affairs. The class explores Niebuhr’s influential version of realism, and considers similarities and differences between Christian realism and its secular equivalent. The remaining classes meet on April 16 and 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Andrew Hall.

The Five Marks of Christian Spirituality

On Sunday, April 22, at 10 a.m., the Rt. Rev. Martin Shaw of the Scottish Episcopal Church explores what he calls the five marks of Christian spirituality. He reflects on a specific set of spiritual exercises, based on the five wounds of Christ, that constitute the basic practices of Christian discipleship. The class meets on the fifth floor of the parish house.