Seven stars and seven golden candlesticks

Sunday, October 9, 2016
The Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost
10:00 am-10:45 am

 

Reflections on cities, movement, and settlement in the very early church.

We will begin with some thoughts about the idea of churches being settled in cities like Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea (Revelation chapters 2-3) — as opposed to Christian evangelism being essentially an itinerant enterprise. But then we will move on to discuss St. Paul’s reflections on foreign gods and shrines in Athens, in the wonderful story of his confrontation with Greek and Jewish philosophers in the Areopagus (Acts 17:15-34). We will consider Paul’s observations about nations and boundaries, and in particular his remarks on the shrine to an “unknown god” that he had come across in Athens. All this by way of thinking about religion, movement, curiosity, culture, and settlement.