Join the Rev. Dr. Paul D. Wheatley for "Life has its own mortal loveliness: Marilynne Robinson's Gilead, St. Paul, and the Transfiguration of Mortality", the fifth 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.
"Life has its own mortal loveliness": Marilynne Robinson's Gilead, St. Paul, and the Transfiguration of Mortality
The Rev. Dr. Paul D. Wheatley
Part of the five-week Lenten series Dying to Be Here
In Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, Gilead, the aging Congregationalist minister John Ames grapples with his approaching death from heart disease through a series of letters written to his seven-year-old son. As Ames revisits old homilies and the stories of the people to whom he delivered them, he provides poignant reflections on the nature of ministry among mortals, our human flaws, and the limits of one human life, no matter how well lived.
In this talk, Rev. Wheatley compares Ames's reflections on ministry and the Bible with St. Paul's portrayal of the corruption of humanity and the hope of transformation in Christ through the Spirit.
About the Speaker
The Rev. Paul D. Wheatley (Ph. D., University of Notre Dame), a native Texan, is assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He is ordained in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, and he has served in ministry to college students and refugees in Texas, China, Mexico, and Greece, as associate rector for Worship and Young Adult Formation at Church of the Incarnation (Dallas), and as founding vicar at St. Augustine’s, Oak Cliff (Dallas). His research focuses on the Gospel of Mark, early Christian baptism, the Pauline epistles, and the interpretation of the Jewish Scriptures in early Christian and early Jewish writings.