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.


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