Saving Paradise with Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock at Trinity Cathedral

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Contact: April Miller, 216-774-0479, amiller@dohio.org

SAVING PARADISE WITH REV. RITA NAKASHIMA BROCK AT TRINITY CATHEDRAL
Feb. 23 event will explore how Christian spirituality can be developed for life in the twenty-first century

CLEVELAND—The Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock (co-author of Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire) will offer a new lens on the history of Christianity, from its first centuries to the present day, asking how its early vision of beauty evolved into a vision of torture, and what changes in society and theology marked that evolution.

Through art, liturgy, biblical texts, theology, and poetry, Dr. Brock will explore a this-worldly, life-affirming, earth-based faith that dominated Christianity’s first millennium and explain how that faith was compromised by holy war and the worship of crucifixion in Europe beginning in the second millennium. “We will look at how an ancient spirituality that found God in beauty and in ministries of justice and healing was rediscovered in the Protestant Reformation, in the Social Gospel, and in the liberation movements of the twentieth century,” she says. “Finally, we will explore how Christian spirituality can be developed for life in the twenty-first century.”

The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland. Registration fee is $35 and includes lunch. To register contact Trinity’s adult education coordinator Adrienne Clements at 216-774-0418 or aclements@dohio.org.

Trinity Cathedral is located at 2230 Euclid Ave. The Cathedral’s parking lot entrance is on Prospect Avenue at East 22nd Street. Overflow parking is available in the Cleveland State University Prospect garage. Parking is free.

Dr. Brock will also be the Dean’s Forum guest on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 10:10 a.m.

 

About Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D.:
Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D., is Founding Co-Director of Faith Voices for the Common Good, an organization dedicated to educating the public about the values and concerns of religious leaders and organizations. She also works with The New Press in New York as Senior Editor in Religion. During 2001-2002, she was a Fellow at the Harvard Divinity School Center for Values in Public Life.  From 1997-2001, Dr. Brock directed the Fellowship Program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, formerly called the Bunting Institute.

Her most recent book co-authored with Rebecca Parker is Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire (http://savingparadise.net), selected as one of the best books of 2008 by Publisher’s Weekly. A full bio can be found at: http://www.faithvoices.org/membership.html.

About Trinity Cathedral:
Trinity Cathedral, the Episcopal Church in downtown Cleveland, invites participation from people of all faiths, races, nationalities and walks of life. For more information on Trinity Cathedral and its programs, please call 216-771-3630 or visit www.trinitycleveland.org. Trinity Cathedral is located at 2230 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland.