Theology Update for the Week of January 26, 2020

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Theology Class: “The Theology of Martin Luther King Jr.”

Dear Friends in Christ,

Please join us this Sunday, January 26th, at 10:00 am, when we conclude our series on the theology of Martin Luther King Jr.

During the past three weeks, we have covered key themes from Dr. King’s sermons, including love, sin, and the church. We have used Dr. King’s book Strength to Love as our text. Copies of the book can be purchased in the parish bookstore.

For this Sunday’s class, we will be exploring Dr. King’s theology of grace. We will discuss the sermon “The Man Who Was a Fool,” which can be found on pp. 65-73 of Strength to Love. The text of the sermon also can be found here, and its audio recording can be found here.

Here are two questions for reflection prior to class. First, according to Dr. King, what were the three reasons why the man was called a fool in Jesus’ parable? Second, what is our hope for creative living?

The class will meet on the fifth floor of the parish house. Coffee and tea will be provided.


Fr. Cheng
Theologian in Residence

Classics of Christian Spirituality: Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norich

Next Sunday, February 2nd, Fr. Bennett and Fr. Brown will continue their series on the classics of Christian spirituality with a class on the 14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich.

Dame Julian’s book, The Revelations of Divine Love, is considered to be one of the great works on the spiritual life. It is also thought to be the oldest surviving book in English to have been written by a woman.

Please mark your calendars for this class, which will be held on the fifth floor of the parish house.

Pilgrims’ Course 2020: An Introduction to the Christian Faith

Newcomers to Saint Thomas Church and those wishing to refresh their faith are invited to the Pilgrims’ Course 2020, a comprehensive introduction to the Christian faith as received and understood by the Episcopal Church.

The next session is entitled “God the Holy Spirit: Being ‘Fully Alive’ with the Gifts of the Spirit,” and it will be held on Tuesday, January 28th, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The evening will begin with a simple meal at 6:30 p.m., and the class itself will run from 7 to 8 p.m.

The full schedule for the course can be found here. Please email Father Cheng if you would like to attend the class and/or join us for the meal.

Friday Bible Study

All are welcome to join the parish’s ongoing Friday Bible Study. The class runs for an hour in the parish house living room following the 12:10 pm mass.

Under the guidance of Fr. Bennett, the class is currently studying the Gospel According to St. John, including an in-depth exploration of the text as a group. For more information, please contact Fr. Bennett.