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Learning Archive - 2007 Programming
Through the years many opportunities for learning have been offered at Church of the Redeemer. We are keeping track of what has gone before as a window into the life of the community. Here are the programs offered in 2007.
Telling the Story 2007 (The Gospel Tellers)
Back by popular demand for a third year, Stephen Reynolds, Senior Associate, screened and led discussion of five films, which explored aspects of Christian faith and life. 2007’s offerings: two Hollywood big-star vehicles, a French film by director Louis Malle, a French-German-British production, and a British film about C. S. Lewis.
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958), starring Ingrid Bergman, Curt Jurgens, and Robert Donat. This film is based on the true story of Gladys Aylward, a Christian missionary in China who shepherded a flock of homeless children in the midst of the Japanese invasion of their country.
The Nun’s Story (1959), starring Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, and Edith Evans. A young nun (Hepburn) is sent to her order’s mission in the Belgian Congo, where she finds her vocation tested by a doctor’s love.
Joyeux Noel (2005), directed by Christian Carion, starring Diane Kruger, Benno Furmann, Guillaume Canet, and Garry Davis. On Christmas Eve 1914, in one small sector of the Western Front, a British and a French regiment, and the German regiment opposite them, call an ad hoc truce and celebrate the festival together in No Man’s Land. In French, German, and English, with English subtitles for the French and German dialogue.
Au Revoir les Enfants (“Goodbye, Children”) (1987), directed by Louis Malle, starring Gaspard Manesse and Raphael Fajto. A coming-of-age story set in occupied France, at a Catholic boarding school where the teacher-friars give refuge to a Jewish boy. The film shows how this situation affects everybody in the school’s enclave of privilege. It is about belonging and not belonging, about friendship, faithfulness, and deception. In French, with English subtitles.
Shadowlands (1985), starring Joss Ackland and Claire Bloom. C. S. Lewis was an Oxford don adamantly set in his ways, when he was surprised by Joy Davidman, a feisty (some said pushy) divorcée from New York, and fell in love with her. This is their story, more quietly – and more intimately – told than in the 1993 big-budget re-make starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. In English.
Christians talk a lot about faith. But what do we mean by it? Stephen Reynolds, Senior Associate Priest, offered a chance to explore some dimensions of faith in this three-session mini-series.
“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11.1). Faith as a matter of trusting, faith as a matter of knowing.
“We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5.7). Faith bears witness to a dimension of reality which our physical senses cannot verify. Does that make faith “irrational”?
“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9.24.) Am I still faithful, even if “I have a little shadow” — a doubt about this, an uncertainty about that, a question or qualm about another point of the Church’s belief — “that goes in and out with me”?
A guided architectural tour from a theological and liturgical perspective was offered on two evenings. Paul Couillard, Architect, and Andrew Asbil, Incumbent, guided us through the theology behind the symbols and architectural features of the worship space. During the second session, we celebrated an instructed Eucharist. The group explored how architecture, seating arrangements and space helped to inform our worship.
Three separate courses of four sessions each hosted by our Incumbent were offered. Each session started with a shared meal followed by Bible study and discussion of the theme for the evening.
In The Beginning
This four-part series for newcomers began at the beginning by examining basics about the Church of the Redeemer, Anglicanism, the Liturgy, and faith.
Was the Word
This series explored key themes in our spiritual lives: Sacramental Living; How to Read Scripture; Approaches to Prayer; and Social Justice: How You Can Make a Difference.
And It Was Good
The third course looked at what it means to be a member of the Church of the Redeemer through four themes: Popular Tunes and Sacred Songs, We are a Paschal People, The Evangelist Within, and Bread for Your Journey. These workshops were held at the Duke of York Pub.
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