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Dualism, the ancient scourge of Judaism and Christianity is on the rise again and it is destroying the fabric of our society. Join one of our most beloved speakers Rabbi Gregory Marx, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Or, explains dualism’s manifestations and how we can confront it using Biblical values.
Human evolution continues to be controversial among most Christians, since it is hard to square science with the Bible. What needs to kept in mind with respect to evolution holds for any instance where science and the Bible “collide”: The Bible is not a science book but a story of faith that still speaks to us today, but that is written in an ancient mode with ancient assumptions. Pete Enns, Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University has written, edited, and contributed to nearly 20 books, including The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More than Our “Correct” Beliefs and The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins, will help us explore the intersection of religion and science.
When the Barnes Foundation opened in 1925 it did so with a unique mission: to promote democratic and inclusive education through the visual arts. Join us as Thom Collins, the Executive Director and President of the world-famous Barnes Foundation, describes Dr. Barnes’s vision and explains institutional mission in light of the intellectual history by which they were shaped. Attention will be paid to the origins of Barnes’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice based on his childhood experience with African America revivalism of the Reconstruction era. Dr. Collins is a leading art historian, curator, and arts administrator.
The Rev. A. Katherine Grieb, Ph.D., Meade Professor of Biblical Interpretation and New Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary, returns to St. Thomas’ to speak about Baptism in preparation for the renewal of our baptismal covenant at Easter. After showing some of the biblical origins of the baptismal rite, she will trace the development of baptismal theology in the first centuries of the Christian Church.
The Rev. A. Katherine Grieb, Ph.D. will conclude her week as Theologian-in-Residence at St. Thomas’ by reflecting on Bach as an interpreter of sacred Scripture and a theologian of the cross. Anticipating the performance of the St. John Passion at St. Thomas’, she will reflect on the challenges of interpreting the Gospel of John in a way that does justice to Judaism and avoids anti-Jewish assumptions. Bach was a serious Bible scholar whose musical interpretation of the passion has brought the biblical text to life and personalized it for generations of Christian believers. The music powerfully underlines the drama of the passion narrative.
Alice Bast suffered for a decade with unexplained debilitating symptoms that resulted in devastating consequences, including a full-term still birth and two miscarriages. Ultimately, her health challenges were revealed to be caused by undiagnosed and untreated celiac disease. In 2003, she founded the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, now known as Beyond Celiac, so that others would not have to suffer as she had. Our Rector will interview Alice about her vision for health and well-being for the celiac disease community and possible breakthroughs in the field of autoimmune diseases. Alice is CEO of Beyond Celiac, an organization serving 2.5 million Americans. Her personal story has been featured in Cosmopolitan.com, Good Housekeeping, Newsweek, USA Today, and on nationally-televised programs such as ‘The Doctors’, ‘The View’, and on CNN. In 2010, she won the prestigious Philadelphia Award.
Bill Valerio, Director and CEO of the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, will focus on stained-glass. Prior to leading the Woodmere Art Museum, Dr. Valerio served as Curator at the Queens Museum of Art in New York, where he curated many great masterpieces in glass made by Louis Comfort Tiffany, whose studio was located in Corona Park, Queens. Dr. Valerio will discuss the qualities that make Tiffany’s windows so magical and the special attributes that make St. Thomas’s “Justification by Faith” Tiffany window, which was produced by Tiffany in 1894 and is a great treasure of our community.
The Basilica of the Holy Family was designed by Catalan Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí and is widely regarded as one of the world’s great architectural and religious treasures. Although incomplete, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gaudi worked on the project until his death in 1926. The basilica is scheduled to be completed in 2026 in time for the centenary of Gaudí’s death. Art critic Rainer Zerbst notes, “It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art,” and Paul Goldberger describes it as, “The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages. Dr. Mark Brack, the resident architectural historian at the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University, will help us explore Gaudi’s masterpiece. He teaches a variety of courses including the much-admired three-term series on the history of world architecture and has created the department`s slide library that contains approximately 25,000 images.