Bishop Thomas E. Breidenthal, along with the Rev. Karl Stevens and Rabbi Daniel Bogard, will lead a Lenten series, “From Bondage to Liberation,” at Christ Church Cathedral on Wednesday evenings beginning February 21. The cathedral, in conjunction with the bishop’s staff, is pleased to offer the series to the entire diocese via livestream.

Program overview

Bishop Breidenthal will lead us in a four-session exploration of the ambiguities and tensions embedded in the exodus narrative and how these play out in Christian faith and practice.

  • Week 1: The first session (Feb 21) will reflect on two ways in which the tradition has responded to the wilderness wandering: on the one hand, praying that it will never happen again, and, on the other hand, looking back on it with nostalgia as a time when the Israelites were especially close to God.
  • Week 2: The second session (Feb 28) will look at the interplay between freedom and non-freedom in this story, as it plays out in the Gospel accounts about Jesus and in Acts’ portrayal of Paul, as well as in differing approaches to infant baptism.
  • Week 4: The next session with Bishop Breidenthal (March 14) will explore potential abuses of the exodus story for self-serving or violent purposes, particularly as these seek legitimation in the Israelites’ conquest of the Canaanites, whose land was the land promised to the Israelites by God. How are we to make sense of that episode, and how can we preserve the exodus as a story about salvation and grace?
  • Week 5: In the last session (March 21) the previous sessions will be revisited in light of the church’s understanding of the Eucharist as a Passover (and therefore Exodus) meal.

Week 3: The third session (March 4) will be led by the Rev. Karl Stevens and Rabbi Daniel Bogard, who will lead us in an engaging ‘havruta’ study as they do on their weekly Big Read podcast, Lost in the Wilderness: A Priest and a Rabbi Explore Exodus.

Watch the livestream

You can watch the livestream of the program from the Christ Church Cathedral website here. (Link coming soon!)

The cathedral program will begin each evening in the series with Evening Prayer at 6:05 p.m., followed by dinner together at 6:30. The presentation and the livestream will begin at 7 p.m. The evening will conclude with Compline at 8:05 p.m. See more details here.

Several congregations also have signed on to be partner-viewing sites for the series, to make this Lenten learning opportunity available for anyone who does not already have a Lenten program in place at their church. Here is a current list of churches offering the program. Please contact the individual church for details.

Other congregations also are welcome to sign on as partner sites, or individuals may wish to follow along themselves or host small groups in their homes.

Reflect

Reflection questions are available for each week’s session.

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