March 15, 2019
Dearly Beloved in the Lord,
Glory to Jesus Christ!
I have been teasing this for several weeks in church, and now, finally, have been able to determine scheduling for our Lenten/Spring class: Tuesday evenings, 6:30 PM, at church, starting this coming Tuesday, March 19.
The class will focus on contrasting the Orthodox & Roman Catholic confessions, which of course is of greatest interest to former Catholics.
However, it is also important from a Protestant perspective because, although many Protestants would probably not be excited to admit, Protestantism contains many of the same differences with the Christian East (i.e. Orthodoxy) as the Roman Catholics. Furthermore, it can be of use to anyone, since many of our society's biases & pre-conceptions about the Orthodox Church come through a Roman Catholic filter. The format of the class will be interactive: less lecture, more discussion/Q&A. We will be using 2 texts (I am unsure of our current availability in the bookstore; please let me know if sold out):
I'm asking participants to read the introduction and first 2 chapters of "The Rush to Embrace" ahead of time and be prepared to discuss in class ** (this will be the only use of that text, so if you would prefer to not buy the book I am told by our bookstore manager you are welcome to borrow instead of purchase!). After the first week, we will switch to "The Truth," and again we will be reading, a chapter each week, ahead of time and discussing. It currently appears that the class may spill over past Pascha, but for now I am scheduling all Tuesdays of Lent (not Holy Week), that is through April 16.
Due to travel schedules, we are also planning to have a remote/teleconference option for the class. Please let me know if you would like to participate using Google Hangouts, Facetime, Skype, or some other means, so we can work out the technical details ahead of time (I don't recommend this for everyone, rather out of necessity if traveling).
I look forward to a profitable class this Lenten season!
With love in Christ,
** in fact, I would prefer & suggest folks NOT read past chapter 2 of Young, as some of the points/conclusions suggested later in the book take the conversation in a direction not intended for this class