Christianity and Culture
Sunday, September 26
The Book of Esther in the Jewish Tradition
with Maggie Shapiro Haskett
Director of Jewish Life at W&L’s Hillel House
9:15 am, Parish Hall
This Sunday's Old Testament reading of Esther is the only time the book is read during our 3 year cycle of the Revised Common Lectionary. Please join as Maggie leads us in a rich conversation about whole story of Esther!
If you'd like to read Esther ahead of time try reading a Jewish translation, most easily found here:
Other Christianity and Culture offerings this fall include
October 10 - The Haiti Collaborative
with The Rev. Roger Bowen and Michelle Edwards
October 17 - November 7 - The Relevance of the Old Testament Prophets
This four-part series will explore the Old Testament prophets and their messages within an historical context and examine their significance for today’s world. Abraham Heschel’s seminal work The Prophets will serve as the primary reference for our discussion. John Thomas, Lexington resident and a former student of Heschel, will introduce the study. Doug Ayres, former instructor of International Studies at VMI will present the historical background. Next, Emily Filler, assistant professor of Religion at Washington and Lee will present the lives and messages of the prophets. In the final session, our Priest Tucker Bowerfind will discuss the influence of the prophets on Jesus’s ministry and message.
November 14 & 21 - The Psalms with Joanne Robblee
and coming in December The Magnificat with Martha Burford
View our recent Adult Christian Education Offerings Online
The Seven Last Words of Christ
with Joanne Robblee
A three part series of Reflections on The Seven Last Words of Christ from Jon Meacham's The Hope of Glory. The events of Good Friday and Easter reveal essential truths about Christianity. Beginning with “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” we will discuss how these words epitomize Jesus’s message of love, not hate; grace, not rage; and, rather than vengeance, extraordinary mercy.
Available for viewing on YouTube
The Life and Doctrine of Dietrich Bonhoeffer March 7 & 14
Our presenter, Brooklyne Oliveira is a senior in Religion and Philosophy at WLU.
Available for viewing on YouTube
The Labyrinth with Joanne Robblee
The History of the Labyrinth, part 1 HERE
The Labyrinth of Grace, part 2 HERE
Walking the Labyrinth, part 3 HERE
The Windows and Brass of Grace with Marlys Craun HERE
EfM (Education for Ministry) September - May
Education for Ministry (EfM), a four-year program of theological education at-a-distance, has begun its fall session here at Grace Episcopal Church. As the emphasis on lay ministry has grown, the EfM program has played a crucial role in developing theologically informed, knowledgeable lay leaders. The program is sponsored by the University of the South and since its inception in 1975, more than 60,000 people have participated. If you're interested in becoming a part of this group, contact Sharon Massie, Program Director, for more information. A new case will form in Fall 2021.
Children and Youth
In non COVID times Programs for Children and Youth usually run September - May. We hope to resume programs in September 2021.
Watch for announcements about Vacation Bible School and other summer fun!
Youth are valued parishioners and take an active role in our worship by acolyting, lay reading, and singing in the choirs.
We regularly participate in DIOSWVA's youth events,
FYE, Happening, SYE, Youth@Convention and YMT.
Contact Sharon White