At the Redeemer, we know that asking deeper questions and exploring issues of faith helps us grow both as individuals and as a community.
Throughout the year, we offer a variety of speakers and learning series, providing opportunities to gather and learn together; details are provided here as well as through our eNews. A warm welcome awaits all who join – parishioners, friends and members of the wider community.
“Marginalia” are the marks you scribble around the border edges of pages of a book. Redeemer’s series by this name is a sort of “Sunday School for grown-ups”. Nate Wall, our Scholar-in-Residence leads the conversations. For fall and early winter, we will gather by Zoom on Monday evenings from 7–8:30 PM. To be added to the list for Zoom login details, please send Nate a message on his page. The schedule for the balance of the year is:
October Series: Rewilding Faith: Learning from Old Testament Theologies of Creation
October 5: The Theatre of Creatures: Psalm 103
October 12: Subdued by Wonder: Psalm 8
October 19: The Leviathan Hook: Job 38–41
October 26: A Wild Goodness: Genesis 1 & Proverbs 30
November Series: Utopia Now : The Politics of the Sermon on the Mount
November 2: The Sermon & the City
November 9: Law & Order
November 16: Incentives & Exchange
November 23: Wisdom & Spin
December Series : Handel’s Messiah & Prophetic Hope
November 30: Isaiah’s Strange Comfort
December 7: Malachi’s Cleansing Fire
December 14: The Psalm’s Protest Choir
Bringing the Season of Creation Home
Fast fashion. Single-use plastics. Our use and abuse of water. The lavish, ephemeral beauty of chrysanthemums in bloom, crying out to be noticed. The butterflies you see less of every year. The skunk underneath your porch, doing what skunks do best.
As we move toward the end of the Season of Creation, starting October 18, Learning@Redeemer and Creation Matters will offer a “30-day challenge” – a series of daily invitations to respond faithfully to the Earth’s call for gratitude, solidarity, justice and healing.
Each day, a member of the Redeemer community will offer a meditation on our place in Creation, and how we might answer the Earth’s call.
Please join us! If you would like to receive these daily meditations and calls to response by email, send a message to David Townsend. David will put you on the distribution list.
Contemplative Radical: The Legacy of Thomas Merton
Amidst a monk’s life of silence and prayer, Thomas Merton (1915-1968) authored over fifty books. Deeply rooted in the contemplative tradition, he spoke prophetically on issues of war, race, and the economy. He was a chaplain to the peace movement of the 1960s. A pioneer of interfaith dialogue, he formed relationships with Buddhist, Hindu, Sufi , and Jewish mystics and theologians.
Four sessions were held between September 18, 2019 and January 15, 2020. Links to the audio of these presentations are below.
Thomas Merton: Global Visionary – with Michael Higgins. Audio of this September 18 session is here.
Woods, Landscape, City: The Prophetic Spirituality of Thomas Merton – with Paul Pynkoski. Audio of the October 16 session is here.
Thomas Merton and Wisdom-Sophia: Awakening to the Feminine Face of God – with Christopher Pramuk. Audio of the November 20 session is here.
We Are Already One: Indigenous Peoples and Race in Thomas Merton – with Paul Dekar. Audio of the January 15 session is here. During the session, reference was made to the Digging Roots’ performance of “Cut My Hair”. This video can be viewed on YouTube.