Cathedral Reads 2022
Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse
This summer our Cathedral Reads program will be centered on a taking literary journey To the Lighthouse - a fascinating story by Virginia Woolf. The Cathedral will offer a selection of events throughout the summer to include lectures, small group conversations, and our annual all-cathedral discussion with Dean Thompson. Check out the schedule below, and for a taste of what to expect, read The Rev. Canon Becky Zartman's thoughts on her experience with To the Lighthouse.
Cathedral Reads Events
Not Afraid of Virginia Woolf: Reading To the Lighthouse
Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. Zoom, Registration Required
One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, Virginia Woolf transformed the modern novel with her vivid representations of inner life, but this innovative style also caused her, like many Modernist writers, to be considered inaccessible by some readers. Together with scholar Emma Ridder of UCLA, we will challenge that notion. Our first lecture, "Not Afraid of Virginia Woolf: Reading To the Lighthouse," will consider Woolf, her historical moment, and her 1927 novel To the Lighthouse, as well as how to approach challenging and/or experimental fiction.
“Little Daily Miracles”: Creativity and Modern Life
Thursday, June 23, 6:30 p.m., Zoom, Registration Required
In our second lecture with scholar Emma Ridder, we will take a deep dive into the main themes of the novel appreciating how Woolf's fiction responds to the changes and challenges of modern life and uses lyrical prose to represent time, consciousness, and our lived experience of the world while exploring the spirituality of attending to the moment.
Lily Briscoe’s Painting Party
Thursday, July 21, 7 p.m.
Art Cellar Houston, 1809 Eldridge Pkwy #210
Cost: $20/individual, scholarships available
As Lily Briscoe raises her brush to paint, she questions where or even how she should begin. Yet she thinks to herself, “Still the risk must be run, the mark made.” Join us for a painting party inspired by Lily Briscoe. We will be painting an original painting inspired by To the Lighthouse and we will discuss the religiosity of creativity, and how it intersects with your own faith life. Led by Canon Zartman.
All Cathedral Reads Conversation
Sunday, August 7 at 10 a.m. in Reynolds Hall
Join Dean Barkley Thompson for a reflection about Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse in this special Cathedral-wide conversation. After Dean Thompson’s thoughts, we will gather into facilitated table discussions to hear what you have to say about this classic piece of literature.
To the Lighthouse Small Groups
Six week series during the weeks of June 12, 19, and 26
No small groups Fourth of July Week
July 10, 17, 24
Zoom, Registration Required
To the Lighthouse is a beautiful read which makes thoughts linger. Come discuss those thoughts with a Cathedral Reads Small Group for a facilitated discussion. This six-week small group session is a great way to make new friends and have meaningful conversations. We’ll start meeting weekly the week of June 12, take a break for Fourth of July Weekend, and have another three sessions. When the group meets will be determined by the group. All meetings will be held on Zoom, so if you’re out of town, you can still come to the Lighthouse with us!
To the Lighthouse with Loose Canons
Thursdays at 12:05-12:55 in Sanders Hall
June 16, 23, 30 and July 14, 21, 28
Join us in person on Thursdays for drop-in conversations about To the Lighthouse from the perspective of literature, faith and life. Discussion led by Canons Varnell and/or Zartman. Bring a lunch!