Dying to Be Here: Mortality, Stories, and the Christian Life
Wednesdays at 6 pm in the Hall Life Center
February 21 - March 20
In the Christian life, the season of Lent is a time of preparation before Easter when we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We begin this season with Ash Wednesday, where we are told, "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return," while a priest makes the sign of the cross on our foreheads with ashes. Why in the world do Christians do this!? And what difference does it make to our lives to see ourselves as mortal?
Join us during Lent as we talk about being mortal. Running every Wednesday from February 21 to March 20, we will have a weekly soup supper featuring soup recipes contributed by the clergy and a lecture with guest speakers. Our guest speakers include experts in the Old Testament, New Testament, theology, and ethics. Given the heavy topic, we’ve included stories as a way to “tell it slant” (as Emily Dickinson writes). This is a way for us to make the topic of mortality more accessible for all of us, as we gather around a story. Our speakers have been invited to choose one piece of literature around which they will structure their talk.
There will be a sung Compline service in the church following the final talk on March 20
6:00 pm - Dinner
6:30 pm - Worship
6:45 pm - Speaker