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.


Church Of God Prophecy International Has Sale To Benefit Ukrainian War Refuges

With thousands of lives being affected by war in Ukraine, the employees of the Church of God of Prophecy International Offices felt compelled to do their part to provide funds for feeding and sheltering displaced church members. As a result, a benevolence sale will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at the White Wing Publishing House on Keith Street. All funds raised will ... (click for more)

Jericho Brass Christmas Concert And Cookie Fellowship At Signal Mountain Baptist

The Jericho Brass, under the direction of Frank Hale, will perform a concert of Christmas music at the Signal Mountain Baptist Church, 939 Ridgeway Ave. at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7. During the evening the band will feature Dr. Robert Pendergast on Euphonium performing Philip Sparks' "Pantomime" and Cindy Solfest-Wallace from Camp House will type out Leroy Anderson's "The ... (click for more)

Grote Hall At UTC Campus Closed Due To Sinkhole

A sinkhole has prompted UTC officials to close off access to Grote Hall. Grote Hall employees have been told they do not need to report to work on Monday. Classes that are held in Grote Hall are called off for Monday. All other classes and campus activities are on for Monday. (click for more)

Bradley County Police Investigating Shooting; Victim Dies

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred in the area of Georgetown Road. The sheriff's office said Sunday night that the victim had died. The victim's name has not yet been released.  A BCSO officer was waved down at the intersection of 25 th Street and Peerless Road by the driver of a vehicle who told the officer a gunshot victim ... (click for more)

Don't Be Quick To Discard Common Core

Let's not be too quick to discard Common Core. A recent article in the Tennessean on  Sunday detailed Common Core successes the Kingsport, Tennessee school system.  I encourage you to read it.  The article also noted that Tennessee was recently ranked as one of the fastest improving states in education after implementing portions of the Common Core curriculum ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Tubman Goat-Roping

Every spring there comes a bright day on the ranch when the straw-boss decrees a goat-roping should take place. What really happens is the veteran cowboys arm the greenhorns with some lariats late in the afternoon and take them to the pen that holds some Billy goats. This is before they get into bigger beasts -- horses and cattle – yet what appears to be easy most certainly is not. ... (click for more)