Lenten Supper Series -- Thursdays in Lent at 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a simple supper starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation and discussion at 7 p.m., in Cathedral Hall. All are welcome. Free will donations gratefully accepted.
A Celtic Lent: Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Irish Christian Tradition
Guest Speaker: the Reverend Robyn M. Neville
Beyond the margins of the Roman Empire, and far beyond the watchful eye of the early medieval Roman Church, Irish Christians crafted an authentic piety that flourished in the context of their own indigenous culture. So-called "Celtic" Christianity is one example of a number of early forms of Christian belief and practice that took on distinctive qualities, heavily influenced by native tradition.
Thursday March 1: Prayer in the Celtic Tradition: How did so-called "Celtic" Christians understand prayer as both a ritual practice and as a devotional longing for God? What evidence may history offer in regards to the practice of prayer in early medieval Ireland? How may an understanding of these early medieval Irish perspectives strengthen our own prayer practices during the holy season of Lent?
Thursday March 8: Spiritual Power in the Celtic Tradition: Early Irish Christian narratives depict the extraordinary spiritual authority of remarkable individuals. Buoyed by a robust prayer life, and filled with unbridled enthusiasm for union with the divine, a number of early Irish saints changed the world around them through powerful acts of witness and miraculous acts of power. How may an understanding of these holy women and men of early Ireland inspire our own relationship with God, and what challenges and delights may we encounter this Lent through their stories?
Banqueting in the Ancient Near East
Thursday, March 22
Guest Speaker: Dr. Jill Baker, Independent Researcher of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, Faculty Fellow, Florida International University, Honors College
Join us as archaeologist Dr. Jill Baker “unearths” banqueting practices in the ancient world, helping us to understand the cultural and contextual antecedent to the Last Supper.