Lectures

Biblical Theology of Ritual: An Introduction

Dr. Dru Johnson, Kings College

When: May 10-11, 2019

Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church

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We are ritualed creatures who live in a ritualed world. We mark occasions by ritual ‘re-making of the ordinary,’ and learn to see and come to know through ritual performances. Dru Johnson distinguishes between scripted and improvised rites. Of scripted rituals, he urges us to ask who's doing the scripting, and he explores what happens when rites go wrong, go flimsy, or go dark. Johnson helps us take our ritual inventory as we learn to distinguish between the voice of the serpent and the voice of God.

Friday, May 10

7:00 pm: Welcome 

7:10: Vespers 

7:45-8:45: Lecture (Dru Johnson)


Saturday, May 11

8:30 am: Matins

9:00am-10:00am: Lecture and Q&A

10:00-10:30: Break

10:30-11:45: Lecture and Q&A

11:45-noon: Sext

This lecture series is FREE and open to the public. If you would like to register for the entire course, you can do so HERE. If you are not registered for the entire course and want to come to the below Saturday evening event (below), click HERE.


The Theology of Joy and Feasting (May 11)

Dr. Gisela Kreglinger

Dr. Gisela Kreglinger holds a PhD in historical theology from the University of St. Andrews and in this book Gisela has woven together her passions for Christian spiritualty and the wonderful and mysterious world of wine.

It was Friedrich Nietzsche who made one of the saddest accusations against Christians when he said that they had no joy. The recovery of a Christian understanding of joy and feasting is an important task of our time and wine can, and should, play an important role in this endeavor. 

Together we will explore how we can recover and cultivate a Christian understanding of feasting and joy as an important element in our spiritual lives. Gisela kicks off this exploration with an inspiring and informative presentation. From there, we feast and fellowship. 

Join us as we uncork our senses, meet new friends and enjoy a night of joy and feasting in the heart of the Magic City.

(No Charge for those registered for the full course)

When: May 11, 6:00 - 8:30pm

Where: BridgeStreet Gallery & Loft

What else you need to know: 

  • We have limited seating, so get your ticket now to reserve your spot. 
  • We meet on the second floor in the loft. There is no elevator, but arrangements will be made for assistance if desired. 
  • Parking is on the street and adjacent businesses that are closed for the evening. 

What you may not be thinking about: Sunday May 12th is Mother’s Day. Mom may just need a night like this!

If you haven’t read Gisela’s work in this area, be sure to check out her book and the interview on the Theopolis Institute podcast. 

https://www.giselakreglinger.com/

The Theopolis Podcast: Episode 013: The Spirituality of Wine with Gisela Kreglinger https://bit.ly/2FAtYWh


"Food, and perhaps even more so wine, has always been a powerful instrument of mediation between humanity and the divine. In this book Gisela Kreglinger offers a fascinating and in-depth exploration of the intricate relationship between wine and Christian spirituality. A must-read!" 

Carolo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food movement

Your evening will include: 

  • A presentation and unique wine-tasting experience lead by author and scholar, Gisela Kreglinger
  • A succulent dinner with four choice wines
  • Encouraging fellowship

Click HERE for information and registration for the feast.