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Beloved Community: The Heart of Christianity
March 20 @ 6:05 pm - 8:05 pm
One event on March 27, 2019 at 6:05pm
One event on April 3, 2019 at 6:05pm
Lenten Series at Christ Church, Cathedral
- The Rev. Canon Manoj Zacharia, Sub-Dean, Christ Church Cathedral
- The Rev. Canon Jane Gerdsen, Ministry Developer for Fresh Expressions, Diocese of Southern Ohio
- The Rev. Canon Lee Anne Reat, Canon for Formation, Diocese of Southern Ohio
Wednesdays, March 20 & 27, April 3
6:05 PM Evening Prayer
6:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Program
8:05 PM Compline
Jesus’ teaching on the Sermon on the Mount points to the kingdom of God and gives us a prophetic vision for Becoming Beloved Community. American pacifists and abolitionists looked to the Sermon on the Mount as a central tenant in their thinking about social justice. Later, during the 20thcentury, Ghandi explored Jesus’ social teachings and their application to the principles of nonviolence. Thurman and King both exchanged ideas with Ghandi and applied the principles of nonviolence to the Civil Rights movement. As followers of Jesus today, what does it mean for us to become beloved community and resist oppression in all its forms. How do we see our enemies as people made in God’s image and therefore worthy of our love. What do these great teachers have to teach us today about a moral Christian witness in a pluralistic world?
**This year’s annual Wednesday evening Lenten series retreat is built around a selection of resource readings as recommended by Dr. John J. Thatamanil, Associate Professor of Theology and World Religions at Union Theological Seminary, as they relate to the theme of Beloved Community. Dr. Thatamanil is leading the 2019 Lenten retreat on April 6.
Howard Thurman’s work points to love of self and love of others that defeats the fear and hatred that decays our souls and the world around us. This work is founded on Jesus’ teaching on the Sermon on the Mount and provides a manual for the creation of Beloved Community.
Week Two: Wednesday, March 27
Reading: Mohandas K. Gandhi, Hind Swaraj, Chapter 16 (“Brute Force”) and Chapter 17 (“Passive Resistance”).
This is Gandhi’s first book. The selections are illuminating in that they show how Gandhi thought about Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount, as well as Christianity.
Week Three: Wednesday, April 6
Readings: Martin Luther King Jr., “Palm Sunday Sermon” and the final chapter, “The World House-King,” of his final posthumously published book, Where Do We Go from Here, Chaos or Community?