Lenten Speaker Series on Reformations

Lenten Speaker Series on Reformations
March 19, 2017 10:00 am
March 19, 2017 11:00 am
Reynolds Hall


On this 500th anniversary year of the Protestant Reformation, the Cathedral is investigating the theme of “Reformation” on myriad levels. Prior to Lent, during the Dean’s Hour, Dean Thompson is teaching a course specifically on Martin Luther and the Reformation. This year’s Robert C. Stuart Lenten Series will explore “reformation” more broadly as a theological concept of renewal within the Christian Church and across other religious traditions.

Reformation is not unique to Protestantism, nor to any particular time. At different periods in their histories, all religions encounter periods of complacency and even stagnation, and reforming efforts emerge to reclaim the vitality of faith. Our speakers will open our understanding of what Reformation was, is, and can be.

On Sunday, March 5, Peter W. Marty, senior pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, and publisher of The Christian Century, a journal devoted to shaping America’s conversation about religion and faith in public life, will give a view into how Christian thought has “reformed” or changed in time.

The following Sunday, two non-Christian speakers will talk about reformation in their own faiths. Rabbi Steven Gross has been serving as the rabbi at the Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism since 2005, and he will share discussion with the executive director of the Islamic Da’wah Center of Houston, Ameer Abuhalimeh.

Leslie Williams will come to the Cathedral on March 19. Williams, an English professor and visiting scholar from Yale Divinity School, has published prize-winning poetry, books on the Christian spiritual life, and thriller novels. A national speaker, Williams lives in Kerrville, Texas, with her husband, Stockton, who is an Episcopal priest. Her most recent book is Emblem of Faith Untouched: A Short Life of Thomas Cranmer. Williams brings an exciting view into the world of Cramner, author of the Book of Common Prayer and key figure in the English Protestant Reformation.

The Very Rev. Cynthia Kittredge, the eighth dean and president of Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, will follow Williams on March 26, and open a discussion on reformation within seminary and current theological thought.

The final speaker is Cathedral favorite Miroslav Volf, founder and director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, and Henry B. Wright professor of theology at Yale University Divinity School. The main thrust of Volf’s theology is to bring Christian theology to bear on various realms of public life, such as culture, politics, and economics. He will speak at the Cathedral on Sunday, April 2.

The Lenten Series will be Sundays in Lent in Reynolds Hall, with a 10 a.m. discussion, and then at 6 p.m., directly following The Well service, there will be a supper and discussion. Also this year, in addition to child care, a children’s Lenten series will be available from 6– 8:30 p.m. as well.

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