Four Study Opportunities

Crucifixion book

6:00 PM in Advent House on Mondays in March (2,9,16,23,30)
Facilitator: Jesse George For more information: jesse.s.george@gmail.com




Gospel Memories

Mondays 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Reading “Gospel Memories: The Future Can Rewrite our Past”
by The Rt. Rev. Jake Owensby (Episcopal Bishop of Western LA)
All are welcome!



Last Week

Come join us for Lenten Book Study and Meal.

Each Tuesday in Lent we will gather around a soup meal to reflect upon the book The Last Week by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan as we journey through this Season in preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Dates: Tuesdays - March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Place: Dean’s Parlor (Parking available in the back lot) About the Book Two top Jesus experts Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan explore the last seven days of Jesus s life, from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem to his march to the cross. Their goal: To retell a story everyone thinks they know too well and most do not seem to know at all. Using the best of biblical and historical scholarship, these leading Jesus scholars shed new light on Jesus s final days in Jerusalem, revealing their true significance in history and for faith. Rather than collapse Holy Week into its last three days, as Christian liturgy does, they use as their basis the gospel of Mark: a chronicle of Jesus s last week day-by-day and eventually hour-by-hour.”



Care for Creation

Living Faithfully in the World that God has Given Us
The Reverend Canon David Lowry, Ph.D
Wednesdays in Lent at 1:30 PM

On April 1, 2020 the 50th anniversary of Earth Day will be commemorated around much of the world. In the fifty years since Earth Day was created most scientists have concurred that the ‘health’ of our planet has deteriorated because the average surface of the earth has risen substantially. However, the reasons for the precipitous rise in the surface temperature continue to be debated. Those who believe that the climate crisis is ‘man-made’ call upon forces of society—including religious communities— to come to the fore on the need to curb the green-house gasses to limit warming. Others (including a minority of scientists) disagree, without making alternative proposals to help protect earth’s environment. Christian denominations –as well as our Jewish sisters and brothers—have weighed in on the issue and Pope Francis’ first encyclical dealt directly about climate change. However, in reality the Old and New Testaments dealt only indirectly with the protection and preservation of the earth; the Old Testament was focused on the establishment and protection of the Israelites and the New Testament was focused on making the case that Jesus is the Messiah, God’s chosen Son, belief in him was necessary for salvation and that the end of the world was not too-far-away; in neither the Old testament nor the Lenten Study Program New Testament case was the protection of the earth’s environment tantamount. Nonetheless, people of faith are now looking for Judaism and Christianity to make statements about the environment. Following the Lenten program for clergy of the Diocese this Lent, Christ Church will offer a program on “Living Faithfully in the World that God has Given Us.” It will focus on Franciscan spirituality and emerging “Christian environmental care.” The main book to be used in the class is Ilia Delio, Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth. This book is readily available from on-line booksellers and can be obtained through local bookstores as well. Pope Francis first encyclical, Laudato Si, will also be used in the class. It is available on-line. In addition, the class will address environmental issues and environmental solutions that the people of Christ Church Cathedral can do to mitigate environmental concerns in our own community. The weekday class will meet on Wednesdays (March 11, 18, 25 and April 1) at 1:30 pm and there will be a Saturday class (10:00 am to 2:00 pm with lunch) on April 25.