The Dean’s forum: Downton Abbey and the Car Wreck of Fiction

The Rev. Kurt Wiesner

Sunday, March 16
The topic for the 10:10 a.m. forum is Downton Abbey and the car wreck of fiction. Rev. Wiesner will discuss the stories told through TV series have been sparking discussion and debate for years: and the rise of the instant internet review and fan forums have only fanned the flames.

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Why do the conversations of our favorite TV shows invoke such passionate responses? What is it about this medium for storytelling that compels us to not only turn in week after week, but to swear off shows when they go a certain way?
Kurt Wiesner was born in Downers Grove, Ill., and graduated from the University of Indiana, majoring in vocal music. Having felt the call to the ministry during this time, he went on to the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest where he received a Master of Divinity in 1998. He served as Youth Minister at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Austin, Texas and as Chaplain Resident at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He was ordained to the priesthood in June 2003, and served first as Curate and then as Canon for Congregational Life at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, under The Very Rev. Tracey Lind.
Rev. Wiesner accepted with enthusiasm the call to All Saints’ where he enjoys the challenges of preaching, pastoral care, adult formation in both small group Bible Study sessions and large group explorations. He has particular interest in the intersections of religion, ethics and pop culture. He is deeply committed to strengthening our sense of community: sharing our stories, imagining Jesus with families and children, and welcoming all in our infinite diversity. He believes in the church as a place of questioning, where our minds and hearts are opened by listening carefully to others’ insights. Out of sharing our differences, we experience the unexpected joy that reflects real life.
He and his wife Darlene, a speech therapist, enjoy participating in the Littleton community, where they live with “Episcodog” JJ and their two cats.