Trinity Cathedral’s Wednesday evening programs resume Oct. 2, 2013
Wednesday Evenings at Trinity begin with Evensong at 6 p. m., followed by supper ($5 donation) and a program at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the study series listed below, groups also meet for Tai Chi and other activities. Wednesday evening classes at Trinity include:
Nov. 20; Dec. 4 and 11
Led by the Rev. Kay Rackley
The Bible, for most people, tends to be an enigma. The reason is that most don’t know how to read the Bible. As modern people our tendency is to approach the Bible as a work of non-fiction and thus we attempt to read it as though we are reading a newspaper. Yet, the Bible is not a work of non-fiction. It is in fact a book that consists of many genres — narrative; story; poetry; wisdom writings; history (though not in the modern sense); parable; apocalyptic; and letters. Thus, when we read the Bible we need to be aware of the type of literature we are reading as well as the cultural, historical and religious context. In this class we will look at specific pericopes (pericope: a complete passage of scripture) as story; from the perspective of form criticism (i.e., the commentary insights concerning context); and as devotion. Only as we look at scripture dynamically — as living — are we capable of discerning its meaning for us in our particular context.
Season (the Twelve Days) of Christmas
Led by Dr. Linda Martin
Christmas for most Americans has been reduced to a single day — Dec. 25. Yet, Dec. 25 is simply the first day of Christmas. Christmas is actually a season that lasts for 12 days (all the way to Epiphany on Jan. 6). How does viewing Christmas as a season change our perspective, understanding and experience of Christmas?
Get to Know Trinity
Newcomers and new members are invited to “Get to Know Trinity Cathedral.” Find out more about Trinity’s history, mission and vision, worship, education and pastoral care. Want to know more about how to get involved, how to become a member, and “what’s a verger?” A Trinity clergy member will lead the gathering and refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Ginger Bitikofer, 216-774-0407, email@example.com.
Led by George Anderson
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that was originally developed for self-defense (it is considered to be a martial art form). Today tai chi has evolved into a graceful and elegant form of exercise where each posture flows gently into the next without pause which ensures that your body remains in constant motion. Consequently, tai chi is sometimes described as meditation in motion. Because of its gentle and flowing style, tai chi is considered to be a self-paced system of gentle stretching and low impact exercise that naturally promotes stress reduction. Tai chi is generally considered safe and beneficial for all ages and fitness levels. Children are welcome to participate with an adult.
Bible Challenge Wrap Up
Led by Dean Tracey Lind
In honor of Dean Lind’s silver anniversary of ordination, she decided to re-read the Bible cover to cover in 365 days. This Cathedral-wide challenge kicked off October 2012. For those who have been participating in the Bible Challenge, join the Dean for a wrap up of the year’ journey through Scripture. This will be an opportunity to discuss the experience of reading the Bible and the understanding and insights gained over the course of the past year.
The Wisdom of Knowing
Oct. 2, 9 and 16
Led by Charlotte Nichols
Book study of Cynthia Bourgeault’s The Wisdom Way of Knowing. Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest, writer, and retreat leader, will be at River’s Edge the weekend of October 18-20. Several e-courses by Bourgeault are available online.
The Liar’s Gospel
Led by Dean Tracey Lind
The Liar’s Gospel, a novel by Naomi Alderman, re-imagines the life of Jesus from the perspective of the four people closest to him before his death. The novel is about Yehoshuah, an itinerant teacher in Roman-occupied Judea who preaches sermons and heals the sick. The story relates the remembrances of the four people closest to him at the time of his death the previous year: his grieving mother; his friend Iehuda who has lost his faith; the High Priest of the Temple who is attempting to maintain the peace; and Bar-Avo, a rebel, who is seeking to disrupt the established peace. This story explores one of the oldest stories of our culture from an entirely new perspective. This book is available in print, as a Kindle ebook and as an audio book.
Oct. 9-30 and Nov. 6
Led by Gail Smith and the Rev. Kay Rackley
This class will explore a variety of spiritual practices. The first class will give an overview of spiritual practices — various types of practices and their purpose. Subsequent classes will focus on one particular practice with the emphasis on practice. During the class, we will give background teaching concerning the practice, the opportunity to participate in the practice and the time for reflection on the practice. During this class we will highlight meditation and breathing practices that are common in yoga; Centering Prayer which is a traditional Christian meditation practice; drumming which is common in native American traditions and the labyrinth which is a traditional Christian practice. We will also discuss the similarities and differences between the practices of different traditions.
Film Screening: Taking Chance
Taking Chance is the remarkable true story of one soldier’s death in battle, another soldier’s journey of discovery and a nation’s reverence and gratitude toward its war dead. After hearing of the heroic death of a young Marine in Iraq, veteran officer LTC Michael Strobl (Kevin Bacon) volunteers to escort the remains of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps back to his hometown in Wyoming. Now, on a trip across America’s heartland, Strobl will find himself on an unexpectedly emotional sojourn into the soul of a country mourning not only Phelps, but all of our country’s fallen heroes.
The Word is Very Near You
Oct. 23; Nov. 6, 13
Led by Becky Lissy
The Word is Very Near You is a book written by the Rev. Martin L. Smith, who is leading our Advent retreat in December. This book serves as an introduction to the practice of prayer with Scripture. Through scriptural passages this book shows how the Bible can serve as a guide for prayer — enhancing our response to God’s desire to be in relationship with us. The book is available in print.
The Episcopal Church Welcomes You, Really!
Oct. 2-30; Nov. 6, 13 and 20
Led by the Rev. Canon Will Mebane
The Episcopal Church Welcomes You, Really! (TECWYR) is a wide-ranging-and honest-exploration of our faith, our Church and our common life. Newcomers, seekers, Episcopalians and everyone else are welcome. Those who wish may use this class to prepare for confirmation or reception into The Episcopal Church. Registration is not required, but helpful. Guests do not need to attend every class but are welcome at any time. Contact Ginger Bitikofer, 216-774-0407.
Season of Advent
Led by Dr. Linda Martin
Advent is the first season of the liturgical year. And yet, it is also one of the most overlooked (thanks to our culture) and misunderstood (treating it as a “mini lent”) seasons of the church year. Contrary to popular belief, Advent is neither a penitential season nor the season for shopping. Advent is the season of expectant waiting. And the challenge is for us to discern what it is that we are expecting. It is Advent that sets the stage for our experience of Christmas.
Testament to Mary
Led by Dean Tracey Lind
The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín is a novel that depicts Mary as a solitary older woman who, years after her son’s crucifixion, is still seeking to understand and come to terms with the events that are to become the narrative of the gospels and the very foundation of Christianity. As Amazon.com notes, “Tóibín’s tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.” This book is available in print and as a Kindle ebook.
Trinity also offers opportunities for faith formation and fellowship on Sundays. In addition, our Adult Journey programs—Confirmation, Culture of Call and Education Ministry—offer a deeper understanding of the life of faith.