Journey Groups

EXPLORE THE FAITH THROUGH JOURNEY GROUPS

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Bishops, Kings, and Barbarians in the Early Middle Ages

In the fourth century the Roman Empire was under threat. The Barbarians were becoming a powerful force in Europe, and the Huns, the most savage of these tribesmen, were sweeping south towards the imperial frontiers. At the same time the Empire faced growing internal social and economic problems: plague and war had diminished the agricultural population and productivity was falling; the army was under increasing strain in defending the extensive boundaries. Christianity, too, continued to prove an unsettling influence – accepted and established in Constantinople, but not in Rome.

In this perceptive and stimulating book, Professor Wallace-Hadrill traces the development of Western Europe from the dissolution of the late Roman Empire to the emergence, in the tenth century, of the individual states of medieval Europe.

Leader: Peter Hahn
Dates: Sundays, January 7 – February 11, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Book: The Barbarian West, The Early Middle Ages AD 400-1000, by J. M. Wallace-Hadrill

Bob Dylan’s “Born-Again” Recordings, 1979-1981

For a brief period four decades ago, Bob Dylan fans were dismayed by his transformation from the Voice of a Generation into a Bible-quoting, Gospel-singing, born-again Christian.  This journey group will revisit the recordings he released during this period —  Slow Train Coming (1979), Saved (1980), and Shot Of Love (1981) – through shared listening and conversation about what they may offer as examples of Dylan’s artistry but also of the Christian journey itself.  (Note:  This JG will also feature previously unavailable studio and live selections from the 2017 release, Trouble No More:  The Bootleg Series, Volume 13, 1979-1981.)

Leader:  Trey Buchanan
Dates: Wednesdays, January 3 – February 7, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Suggested Listening:  Slow Train Coming (1979), Saved (1980), Shot Of Love (1981), Trouble No More:  The Bootleg Series, Volume 13, 1979-1981

Dante: The Promise of Purgatory 

In Part 2 of our Dante journey, we follow the pilgrim and his guide Virgil into more hopeful terrain. Lots of sinners, to be sure, but they are souls purging themselves in hopes of eventually reaching Heaven. Lots of medieval history, theology, art, music – and great poetry. It’s not necessary to have done Part 1 to join the group.

Leader: Charles Calhoun
Dates: Thursdays, January 18 – March 22, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Book: Allen Mandelbaum’s translation of Purgatorio (Bantam Classic pb)

Healing within the Christian Tradition

Healing is a word that carries a number of meanings and emotions. What does healing look like? What do we mean as Episcopalians when we pray for healing? We may have heard of miraculous healings, and know of other times when physical healing did not take place. Some Christians reject all forms of medicine and rely solely on God and prayer, while others don’t feel the desire to pray in even the most desperate of situations. In this group we will explore what healing means and the methods of encouraging healing in our lives and the lives of those we love. We will look into the Biblical witness and history surrounding healing, and the resources we as Episcopalians and members of St. David’s have.

Leader: Rev. Katie Wright
Dates: Sundays, January 14 – February 4, 4-5 p.m.

Conversations with Scripture: Revelation

Roadmap, myth, or history?  The Book of Revelation draws readers and repels them.  It offers some people hope and instills fear in others.  In this volume of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars series Frederick W. Schmidt, also the series editor, explores the approaches that have dominated the interpretation of John’s Apocalypse and offers the reader an accessible means of understanding and evaluating them.  With this grounding in hand, Schmidt explores how Revelation can shape our understanding of God, and nurture our spiritual lives in unexpected ways.

Leaving behind left-behind theology, Schmidt offers instead an approach that allows this obscure, almost opaque text to speak to us anew about God, faith, hope, and justice.

Leader:  Rebecca Hall
Dates:  Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 31 and February 7, 14, 28, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Book: Conversations with Scripture: Revelation, by Frederick W. Schmidt