Join the Dr. Kira Moolman Pettit for "Mortal Life Hurts: The Gospel Truth about Death in Children's Literature", the first 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 livestreamed. Childcare available.
Mortal Life Hurts: The Gospel Truth About Death in Children's Literature
Dr. Kira Moolman Pettit
Part of the five-week Lenten series, Dying to Be Here
Little Women. Peter Pan. Charlotte’s Web. Harry Potter.
What do all of these stories have in common? If you stop and think about it, they are all stories about mortal life – the lives and deaths of a family, the undying life of a boy who would not grow up, the life and death of a beloved spider, and the life and death (and spoiler: life again!) of a wizarding boy. None shy away from the pain and grief of loss, but rather tell the truth: mortal life hurts.
In this first of our Lenten lecture series, join Dr. Kira Moolman Pettit as we focus on the stories we tell our children, what they teach us about the gift of mortal life, and how death, grief, and mortality witness to the claims and comforts of Christianity.
About the Speaker
Kira Moolman Pettit, PhD, oversees the adult education and formation at the Church of St. John the Divine, working as their theologian-in-residence. Originally from South Africa, Kira grew up moving around Canada before settling down to study and teach theology at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. She is married to the Rev. Trent Pettit.