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The New Testament - It's All Greek to Me!
Reimagining Church
Getting Connected with Redeemer
Redeemer Readers 2014-15

The New Testament - It's All Greek to Me!

The Greek2Me group will be meeting to read passages from the New Testament in Koine Greek, the language it was written in.  John Shepherd and Alexandra Pohlod will be leading this group, designed for those with no knowledge of Greek

Meeting for four weeks between Easter and Pentecost, the group will read and translate the following Sunday's Gospel reading together.  Get to know the Bible in a way you never thought you would.  These participatory seminars will be on Mondays, April 20, 27, May 4 and 11 from 6 to 8 PM.  A light snack will be provided.

Please register online or by calling the church office at 416-922-4948.

Verses from 1 Corinthians 2 in Greek

Reimagining Church

Reimagining Church graphic

Reimagining Church - What does this phrase describe in the life of the church?  What could it mean for the Redeemer community?

Join Jeff Stone on Tuesdays, April 14, 21, 28, May 5 and 12 to learn about the Fresh Expressions initiative and to explore creative, imaginative responses in regards to our neighbourhood.  Our sessions begin at 6:45 PM.

Please register online or by calling the church office at 416-922-4948.

Getting Connected with Redeemer

Learning session in the chancel

Are you new to the Redeemer, or to the Anglican Church, or to the Christian faith?  We’d love to welcome you to the Church of the Redeemer’s Getting Connected community.  Beginning on Monday, April 27, we are presenting a three-part series especially for newcomers to the parish and for those looking to learn more about our parish and our faith.  Each session will begin with a light meal at 6 PM, followed by a presentation at 7.  Each evening will finish no later than 8:30.

Please register online or by calling the church office at 416-922-4948.

To view/download a copy of our poster, please click here.

Monday, April 27
Instructed Eucharist

Andrew Asbil, our incumbent, will gather us around the altar to delve into the particular nature of how we worship on Sunday mornings.  He will speak about the symbols, vestments, prayers and sacraments that form who we are.

Monday, May 4
Architectural Tour

Paul Couillard is an architect and member of the parish.  He will take us on a tour of our building and speak about how our space shapes, inspires and focuses our faith.

Monday, May 11
Journey of Faith and Leadership

Amy Buskirk served as Chair of the Advisory Board and John Whincup served as Chair of the Board of Management.  They will speak about their journey of faith and how they and we find a place to offer our gifts of leadership.

Redeemer Readers 2014-15
Christianity and the Arts

This year, we will look at five books that deal with Christianity and the Arts and the impact of the arts on history, religion and society.  We will start with a book that deals in part with the biblical prohibition about making art (especially graven or sculptured images).  The second book deals with painting and the profound influence that the artist Lucas Cranach had on Luther and the Reformation.  Next, we will move on to music, and the interface between Bach and Frederick the Great, as one era gave way to another.  Our Lent book is a reflection on Rembrandt’s great painting, The Return of the Prodigal Son (in the Hermitage, St Petersburg) and will be complemented by a selection of poetry.  And last, we will read a novel which deals with the prodigal son theme in an American mid-west Presbyterian setting.  Some of these selections will help prepare for a projected theme for next year, that of Christianity and Non-violence.

New members are always welcome, even those who can’t make all five meetings.  If new members are interested in attending any or all of the discussions, or want more information, please contact Pauline Thompson at pauline.thompson@utoronto.ca.

Book Jacket - The Ten Commandments:  A Short History of an Ancient Text (Michael Coogan)

October 23, 2014

Michael Coogan.  The Ten Commandments:  A Short History of an Ancient Text. New Haven and London:  Yale University Press, 2014, 141 pp.  Ca $17.

This may seem like a strange place to start in a discussion of Christianity and the Arts, but Coogan has quite a bit to say about the second (or, in some ways of counting, part of the first) commandment about not making “graven images.”  This is a clearly written and quite provocative discussion of the history of the Decalogue versions, their status in ancient and modern times, and the controversies surrounding some of the specific commandments.  Coogan’s translations and interpretations are themselves somewhat controversial.

Questions for the October 23 Discussion
Notes from the October 23 Discussion

Steven Ozment.  The Serpent and the Lamb:  Cranach, Luther and the Making of the Reformation.  New Haven:  Yale University Press, 2013, 344 pp.  Ca $15 pb. 

Ozment offers a tour through the works of Lucas Cranach, the preeminent court painter to the Elector of Saxony, both secular and sacred.  What most interests Ozment is the influence of the Reformation on Cranach’s art and, in turn, the role of that art in promoting Protestantism.  Also of interest is his friendship with Martin Luther, and his convincing of Luther that there was a role for art in Christianity.  This book is rich in social, political and theological detail, things often treated too cursorily by art critics (TLS, 04/06/2013).  The book will also make a nice link with the Luther biography that Redeemer Readers read earlier in 2014.

Questions for the December 11 Discussion
Notes from the December 11 Discussion

Book Jacket - The Serpent and the Lamb (Steven Ozment)

December 11, 2014

Book Jacket - Evening in the Palace of Reason:  Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment (James R. Gaines)

February 12, 2015

James R. Gaines.  Evening in the Palace of Reason:  Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment.  New York, Toronto, et al:  Harper Perennial, 2005, 273 pp.  Ca $13.

Johann Sebastian Bach created what may be the most celestial and profound body of music in history; Frederick the Great built the colossus we now know as Germany, and along with it a template for modern warfare.  Their fleeting encounter in 1747 signals a unique moment in history where belief collided with the cold certainty of reason.  Set at the tipping point between the ancient and modern world, Evening in the Palace of Reason captures the tumult of the eighteenth century, the legacy of the Reformation, and the birth of the Enlightenment in this extraordinary tale of two men (publisher).

Questions for the February 12 Discussion
Notes from the February 12 Discussion

Henri J.M. Nouwen.  The Return of the Prodigal Son:  A Story of Homecoming.  Image Books, 1994, 160 pp.  Ca $14, $24 as an audio book.

A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure.  In seizing the inspiration that came to him through Rembrandt's depiction of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable:  the younger son's return, the father's restoration of sonship, the elder son's vengefulness, and the father's compassion.  In his reflection on Rembrandt in light of his own life journey, the author evokes a powerful drama of the parable ….  The challenge to love as the father and be loved as the son will be seen as the ultimate revelation of the parable … and here represented with a vigor and power fresh for our times (publisher).   "The Return of the Prodigal Son is a beautiful book, as beautiful in the simple clarity of its wisdom as in the terrible beauty of the transformation to which it calls us." --New Oxford Review

Our reflection on Henri Nouwen's book will be complemented by a selection of poems, a personal anthology, to be provided later. Together, these will be our Lent books for 2015.

Book Jacket - The Return of the Prodigal Son:  A Story of Homecoming (Henri J. M. Nouwen)

March 26, 2015

Book Jacket - Home (Marilynne Robinson)

May 14, 2015

Marilynne Robinson.  Home.  Toronto:  Harper Perennial, 2008, 325 pp.  Ca $14.

This is a moving and healing book about families, family secrets, and the passing of the generations, about love and death and faith.  It is also another “prodigal son” story, of Jack, who returns home after an absence of twenty years, looking for refuge and resolution.  This novel won for Robinson the Orange Prize for Fiction.

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