Theology Update for the Week of March 1

Dear friends in Christ,

The Abraham class today will start with the (rather shocking) initiative of Lot’s daughters to preserve the family line, which is at the end of Genesis chapter 19; and then it will turn to chapter 20 (the long-awaited birth of Isaac). Visitors are welcome every week. The Sunday class is at 10 o’clock on the 5th floor. I repeat the class on Monday at 12:40pm on the 2nd floor.

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine class: This Tuesday (March 3), the class is on “Life after Baptism: Confirmation and the Mission of the Church.” It meets in Andrew Hall from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Anyone interested in the topic of the day is welcome.

Jeremy Waldron will offer his second talk on Wednesday, March 4. As most of you know, Professor Waldron was invited to give the prestigious Gifford Lectures earlier this year, and as a gift to us he is giving us three talks that cover some of his main points. The overall topic–human equality–could hardly be more fundamental or timely. And of course it is a religious topic. This week’s talk is Equal in the Eyes of God. Newcomers are welcome, and in particular you should try to come even if you missed the first talk. We will again be in Andrew Hall, on the 3rd floor, from 6:30 to 7:30pm.

The “Good Books and Good Talk” seminar on Monday, March 23, will be on “Miss Pym Disposes,” a smart little mystery by the great Josephine Tey. Tey’s mysteries tend to go deep into character (she is said to be something like Dorothy Sayers in this). If you know her work, I need say no more; if not, she is worth a try. Our seminars run from 6:15 to 7:45pm and are open to anyone who has read the book.

Yours truly is now on You Tube. (I know, I couldn’t believe it either.) Back in Advent, Wycliffe College in Toronto invited me to preach at their weekly community Eucharist, and they have put the sermon on their You Tube Channel. (I think that’s not to be confused with the English Channel, although, yes, I spoke in English. As best I could.) I was preaching on the gospel assigned for the first Sunday of Advent, Mark 13:24-37. It probably will make better sense if you read that gospel in conjunction with listening to the sermon … the congregation, of course, had heard it read immediately before I preached. Watch here.

Father Austin