Thorne Sparkman School Of Religion Will Open March 12 At St. Paul's Episcopal

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The 41st anniversary of the Thorne Sparkman School of Religion, hosted at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with support from other local Episcopal parishes, will open Wednesday, March 12. The format of this year’s offerings will feature a keynote speaker on the evening of March 12 followed by five courses offered on subsequent Wednesday evenings – March 19 and 26 and April 2 and 9. 

Participants may register for two classes each evening. Organ Mediations, Holy Eucharist and optional dinner in Key-Andrews Hall will precede the presentations. Brochures will be available later this month. Enroll early.

The key note speaker March 12 will be the Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler, dean of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta. His topic will be The Angle of Anglianism: The Anglican Theological Tradition’s Grace, Valuable for Today’s World.

Courses offered will be:

Exploring Enneagrams, led by the Rev. Tayve Morgan, ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and certified counselor. The enneagram is a personality typing tool, which combines the psychological and the spiritual. It is a great resource for assisting in identifying obstacles which prevent whole and healthy living.

Wendell Berry, An Appreciatin, led by Dr. Verbie Prevost, George Connor Professor of American Literature at UTC. This will be an exploration of Wendell Berry’s poems, essays and fiction which convey his interrelated views on ecology, economy, community, pacifism and Christianity.

The Non-Violent Christ, led by David Cook, educator and city columnist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press is a focus on developing a mature understanding of nonviolence and peacemaking rooted in Christ and his teachings.

God’s Secretaries, led by Dr. James Dunkly, librarian and instructor of New Testament, Greek and research and writing at the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee. Based on Adam Nicholson’s work, "God’s Secretaries", the course will explore the making of the King James Version of the Bible.

Coming to America, the Story of Christianity’s Journey to North America, led by Chris Carpenter, history faculty at the McCallie School, is an examination of how Christianity made its way to North America, the Spanish and British contributions to Christianity on the continent and how religion influences colonial America.



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