40th Anniversary Of Thorne Sparkman School Of Religion Celebrations Begin Feb. 20

Monday, January 28, 2013

The 40th Anniversary of the Thorne Sparkman School of Religion, hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the active involvement of other local Episcopal parishes, will be held on Wednesday evenings Feb. 20–March 20. 

Established in 1973 through the vision and leadership of the Rev. John H. Bonner, Jr., who served as rector of St. Paul’s, the Sparkman School’s purpose is to offer to the extended community, “the best in education in crucial areas including worship, ethics, liturgy, history, literature, music, and critical thinking.”  Named in honor of the Rev. Thorne Sparkman, who served St. Paul’s Parish 1938-49, the school has become an important annual educational offering to those in the area, officials said. 

This year’s Sparkman School features presentations by group of well known scholars and speakers: 

Feb. 20   Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author; executive editor, Random House  Publications
Feb. 27   Prof. Amy Jill Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University Divinity School
March 6 The Rt. Rev. Neil Alexander, dean, the School of Theology of the University of the South, author
March 13  The Rt. Rev. Frank T. Griswold, retired presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, author
March 20  Andrew Exum, American scholar on the Middle East, fellow of the Center for a New American Security, Washington, D.C. 

Schedule for each evening:
5:15 p.m.  Organ Meditation
5:30 p.m.  Holy Eucharist
5:45 p.m.  Book sales begin (publications by each of the presenters will be available for purchase)
5:45  p.m.  Dinner by advance reservation. Limited seating.
7 p.m.  Speaker presentations
8 p.m.  Questions from the audience for each of the presenters
8:15  p.m.  Book sales and signing by presenters 

Costs for the School: 
Advance registration for all five evenings is $35.  Meals for all five evenings is $35 or $7 per evening.            
Cost for individual evening presentations is $10 at the door
Brochures and registration forms available Feb. 4 by contacting the Church Office stpauls@stpaulschatt.org or 266-8195 or via the web at www.stpaulschatt.org.

"There Are Some Things I Need To Forget" Is Sunday's Topic At Middle Valley

Middle Valley Church of God announces that Pastor Mitch McClure will speak on the topic, 'There Are Some Things I Need To Forget '  in the  10:30 a.m.  service this  Sunday .  This is part of a sermon series titled 'God Is Working With Us.'  This new sermon series will develop the reality that the Holy Spirit is constantly ... (click for more)

Eric Youngblood: A Hidden Election Insight

“The mercy of the world is you don't know what's going to happen.”   I’m wondering today if the veracity of this Wendell Berry-ian utterance might prove a warm shower for strained worry muscles that have been overworked of late.   Imaginations, where the most vigorous worry muscles are housed, especially among the sensitive, the experienced, or the ... (click for more)

Fire Displaces Family Of 7; Blaze Ruled Accidental

No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire on Saturday afternoon that displaced a family of seven. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 4:11 p.m. and responded to 3308 Dodson Ave. with five fire companies. Captain Wadie Suttles with Engine 4 said heavy fire was showing when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. As additional firefighters ... (click for more)

Clarence Ross, Leshawn Witherow Shot On Walden Avenue Friday Afternoon

Chattanooga Police are investigating a shooting that happened early Friday afternoon at the 6300 block of Walden Avenue.  Clarence Ross, 41, And Leshawn Witherow, 40, suffered non-life threatening injuries.  Hamilton County EMS transported both victims to a local hospital for treatment.  There is no suspect information at this time.  Investigators with ... (click for more)

Where Is The Speed Control On Our Highways? - And Response (2)

I am teaching my 15-year-old to drive in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. I have warned her of the dangers of exceeding the speed limit both as a hazard to herself and in terms of receiving a ticket. What a liar I am.  Have you driven on the local freeways and highways recently? I never see any highway patrolmen helping to reduce speeding or pulling over those who ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)