The Everlasting Gospel

Dear friends in Christ,

The Revelation of Saint John the Divine.The Sunday class continues its study of the Christian apocalypse with the fourteenth chapter. In it, John sees how the 144,000 saints, marked with the name of God, marshal their troops in the face of opposition by the dragon and his beasts. They don’t take up arms, however. What they do is quite unexpected, and quite beautiful. The class meets at 10 a.m. on the fifth floor.

The Spring Theology Lecture. I am happy to announce that the speaker for the Spring Theology Lecture this year is the Rev. Fleming Rutledge. Her most recent book, Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, has been highly praised across the ecumenical spectrum, garnering praise from many quarters. The lecture is on Wednesday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m.

The Rector’s Christian Doctrine Class: God the Son: Incarnation, Atonement and Glory. This class continues on Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Andrew Hall. Primarily intended for those who wish to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, it is also open to any who are interested in the topic of the day.

Survey on spirituality and race. Last week I came across an interesting recent study of the different ways that black and white Christian communities approach a common faith. It suggests that one of the reasons that Sunday morning remains, as Martin Luther King, Jr. memorably called it, “the most segregated hour of Christian America,” is because of the way that different communities conceive of spirituality, discipleship, and what they entail. It is an intriguing perspective on a complicated issue.

Yours in Christ, Joel