Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Sundays, January 5-March 22
9:15–10 a.m. • Haden Hall Purple Door Room
Mystical experiences and practices-including dramatic visions, direct communication with the divine, intense spiritual quests, and hermetic lifestyles-are commonly associated with Eastern cultures. They are thought to be far removed from the monotheistic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, explore this spiritual, literary, and intellectual heritage in these great faiths as it unfolds over three millennia. The course also offers a thought-provoking perspective on the nature of human spirituality. As Professor Luke Timothy Johnson of Emory University demonstrates, mystical strains of thought have permeated and influenced these three great religions for centuries, despite opposition from-and, in some cases, persecution by-the mainstream religious community. As you come to see, this persistence in the face of persecution reflects something about human nature: the need to pursue ultimate knowledge and union with a transcendent power. Contact class facilitator Deacon Jerry Grabher with questions, email@example.com.
Sundays, February 2-April 18
9:15–10 a.m. • Common Room
Would you like to formally join the Cathedral and the Episcopal Church? Interested in exploring confirmation, reaffirmation or reception? If so, please prayerfully consider joining us. Below is a list of topics we will be discussing.
Feb. 2 Introduction
Feb. 9 Church History
Feb. 16 Worship and the Book of Common Prayer
Feb. 23 Sacraments
Mar. 1 Sacraments
Mar. 8 Authority of Scripture
Mar. 15 No Class – Spring Break
Mar. 22 Authority of Scripture
Mar. 29 Christian Life and Faith
Apr. 5 Christian Life and Faith
Apr. 12 No Class – Easter Sunday
Apr. 18 Confirmation Service at Church of the Redeemer, Parkville
Contact Dean Andy with questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Bible Study—Meeting Online Only
Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week
12:30–1:30 p.m. • Common Room
The Women’s Bible Study group (WBS) meets in the Common Room on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. for an hour or so. The group uses various study guides to inform and inspire discussion. Discussions are lively, thought-provoking, and often irreverent. All are welcome. If you have the inclination, but not the book—come anyway and someone will share!
During Lent 2020, Women’s Bible Study is using Amy Jill Levine’s Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week. Levine, a graduate of Smith College and Duke University is an Orthodox Jew and Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University. For more information about the book, click here. The book is for sale in the Cathedral Bookstore for $10.05.
For more information contact Candy McDowell at email@example.com.
2020 Lenten Bible Study—Meeting via Zoom. Click here for details on connecting.
The Book of Revelation (or The Revelation of John)
Wednesdays, March 4–April 1
6 p.m.: dinner; 6:30–7:45 p.m.: class; 7:45 p.m.: compline
Have you ever wondered about the last book of the New Testament, why it’s there and what it means? Where did we get the word Apocalypse and who are the Four Horsemen? Why not come to the Cathedral on Wednesdays during Lent and find out! Join Dean Andy as he leads a Bible study on the Book of Revelation. You’ll learn about Apocalyptic literature and what all the crazy creatures mean as we go through the book together. Activities for children and nursery care will be available.