Queer Theology

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The Rev. Dr. Patrick ChengSunday, June 22Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.Guest preaching: 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. Queer Theology, Dr. Cheng contends, is “the place where Christian theology and queer theory meet” and the expression of this convergence is radical love. During the forum, Dr. Cheng will introduce the word “queer” and why this term is more appropriate than “gay and lesbian” when exploring theology since it is radical love — the dissolving of all boundaries — that is at the heart of Christianity.

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Economic Justice

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The Rev. Dr. Serene JonesSunday, May 11Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.Guest preaching: 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. Last year was the 50th anniversary of what is typically remembered as “the March on Washington” and the context for The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Yet one of the key demands of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was for the establishment of a national minimum age that would give all Americans a decent standard of living. It was during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that Dr. King declared, “Injustice anywhere is a threat…

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Religion of the “Nones”

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The Very Rev. Bill LupferSunday, April 27Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.Guest preaching: 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. Today more and more people no longer choose to be identified with a particular religion and have embraced the designation “None” as a label for those straining to resist labels. Nones are by and large not unbelievers. Not atheists. Not secular humanists. Not anti-religious. Nones are simply those who do not want to be pigeonholed into identifying with any particular group or belief system. In fact, there have been articles published declaring None to be the third largest religion in the world. This forum will…

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U2charist & Downton Abbey and the Car Wreck of Fiction

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The Rev. Kurt WiesnerSunday, March 16U2charist: 9 a.m.Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. Kurt Wiesner, former Canon for Congregational Life, will lead a U2charist during the 9 a.m. service and then be the guest at the Dean’s Forum. The U2charist is an Episcopal service that features the music of U2 and highlights the goals of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which seeks to reduce extreme poverty in the world.

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Leonard Cohen: Songs From the Wisdom Tradition

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The Very Rev. Dr. Sam CandlerSunday, Feb. 9Guest preaching: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m.Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. Leonard Cohen is a poet and song-writer from Montreal, Quebec. For more than 50 years, and now over seventy-nine years old, he has sung about both the beauty and the darkness of life. His songs have titles like “Suzanne,” “Hallelujah,” and “Darkness.” In this presentation, the Very Rev. Dr. Sam Candler presents Cohen’s songs and poetry as examples of modern “wisdom literature.”

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Dean’s Forum with Anne Trubek, Rust Belt Chic

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Sunday, Nov. 24Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. Rust Belt Chic Press is a creative-based Cleveland small business. It is a print book series. It is an online platform for high-quality edited literary work. It is an ideal that binds creatives living in the post-industrial Midwest. It is a method by which its organizers create, collect and disseminate the stories and written history of the city of Cleveland.

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Dean’s Forum with Bill Rudman

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Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. Spirituality runs through more musicals than you might suspect, and we’ll prove it with selections that explore the theme in many ways — from Bock and Harnick’s “Fiddler on the Roof” to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Jesus Christ Superstar,” from Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” to John-Michael Tebelak’s “Godspell.”

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Kickstarting the New Year

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Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m. The New Year is always a time for reflecting on what has been as well as anticipating the unfolding of the future. As we embrace a new year, Dean Lind will highlight the upcoming events for the Trinity Community.  

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Belief and Practice Forums

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Sunday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 22Dean’s Forums: 10:10 a.m. Explore Episcopal belief and practice with the Very Rev. Tracey Lind. On Dec. 8, we’ll discuss infancy narratives. What do they tell us about the birth of Jesus? What do they tell us of the meaning of the birth of Jesus?

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