Theology Update for the Week of April 10

Dear friends in Christ,

Today at 10 o’clock we will have our class on the collects of the Book of Common Prayer. I continue to marvel at how these short prayers often contain in a crafted, condensed form fundamental Anglican theology. Visitors are welcome every week; on the 5thfloor. We start tomorrow with Proper 16.

On Monday at 12:40pm I will repeat the Sunday class on the 2nd floor. If you can’t be here on Sunday but can be in the area on Monday, I hope you’ll join us. The class lasts 40 minutes.

Tuesday the rector’s Christian doctrine class resumes, at 6:30pm.This week the title of the class is “Mission and Ministry: Holy Orders, Vocation, gifts and talents.” The class meets in Andrew Hall, and is open to anyone interested in the topic of the day.

A very special Wednesday, April 13, at 6:30pm: the Spring Theology Lecture. Dr. Neil Arner, a young scholar on the theological ethics faculty of Notre Dame (and this term in residence at Princeton’s Center of Theological Inquiry), will address a particular problem in the science-and-theology field. Is it true that morality is rooted in our biology? The lecture will be in the church at 6:30pm, right after the short Eucharist that follows the 5:30 Evensong. It is free and open to the public, and a reception follows.

Looking ahead:I have announced the book for the next Good Books & Good Talk seminar. It will be Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. We’ll discuss this classic on Monday, May 16, from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m.

Peace,
Father Austin