From September-June, we offer a 9:00 am forum in our parish hall.  This is a time to learn, hear new perspectives, and be offered a space for deep formation in community.  Come and join us, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and settle in for some wonderful offerings.

 

Lenten Forum Series with Chris Visminas

Rev. Chris Visminas: The Meaning of the Cross Chris Visminas, art historian and Episcopal priest, gave a very well-received Forum talk in December on how the Nativity has been depicted in art over the past 2000 years. In Lent, Chris will give a four-part presentation of how the Cross has been viewed – in theology and in art – over the past 2000 years. Join us on Sundays at 9:00 am.

March 5: The Cross as the Glory of God In the first 500 years of Christianity, the cross was considered glorious: it was God’s scepter and royal ensign. It was seldom figured except as an imperial emblem or covered with gems and gold. In an era when crucifixion was still practiced, why was the cross not related to suffering and humiliating death?

March 12: The Cross as the Victory of the Lamb The Lamb of God is a complicated and highly dense theological symbol, related to everything from the Book of Revelation to the Eucharist. What prompted this symbol and why was it so popular in the West in the first 1,000 years? Over what was the Lamb victorious?

March 19: The Cross as the Death of Christ It was 1,000 years before the first crucifix was displayed in a church. Even then Christ may or may not have been portrayed as dead. Why did it take so long for the image of the crucifix to be established? What were the circumstances and what did it mean?

March 26: The Cross as the Suffering of God Today the cross is seen primarily as Christ suffering for us and our sins. This is a relatively new concept dating to the late Middle Ages that greatly influenced the Reformation. What does Christ’s suffering mean? How did the emphasis on it come about and what can we do with it today?

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Sunday Forum Survey
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