Join the Rev. Dr. Annette Brownlee for "Mortality and the Depths of God’s Love", the fourth in the Lenten series "Dying to be Here: Mortality, Stories, and the Christian Life". The evening begins with dinner at 6 pm, followed by worship at 6:30 pm and talk at 6:45 pm. The talk will be live streamed. Childcare available.
Mortality as a Divine Conjunction of Dust and Spirit
The Rev. Dr. Annette Brownlee
Part of the five-week Lenten series, Dying to Be Here
Dr. Brownlee will share a short piece of folklore about the beauty of trees, which is written as a conversation between a grandchild and his grandfather. It is by the Breton author, Pierre-Jakez Hélias, and is taken from his fictional account of growing up in a peasant family in Brittany, France, The Horse of Pride (in French, Le Cheval d'Orgueil).
Hélias’ description of trees invites us to consider how ‘staying put’ in our limited bodies is a key characteristic of our God-given mortality. We often want to deny or run from the limitations and frailties of our bodies. God calls us to stay put, like the trees, because in Christ our frail flesh is a divine conjugation of dust and spirit.
About the Speaker
The Rev. Dr. Annette Brownlee is Professor Emerita of Pastoral Theology at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. She served as Wycliffe Chaplain for 15 years. She also has served churches in Toronto, Colorado, Connecticut, and Cleveland, Ohio. She is married to the Rev. Dr. Ephraim Radner, and they have two grown children.