Theology for all:

curiosity required!

We offer classes in theology for all people who are interested in learning, regardless of their personal beliefs, and yet with a specific interest in how theology applies to our search for meaning, i.e. our spiritual life.

Be ready to be challenged. Be ready to be surprised.

Be ready to meet interesting people.


THE GOSPEL OF MARK DAY-BY-DAY

Rather than being "a summary" of the words and acts of Jesus, as it was sometimes believed, the Gospel of Mark rediscovered in its original literary and symbolic structure is a quite amazing story of the profound transformation that the world is going through at least since the time of Jesus.

The ebb and flow of the kingdom of peace, continually threatened by darkness, and yet always expanding and including those whom the religious authorities consider impure is the thread of the story.


UNTIL THE END OF NOVEMBER 2019, and THEN AGAIN AFTER JANUARY 13, 2020 COMMENTS AND TEACHINGS ON THE GOSPEL OF MARK

FROM A VARIETY OF PERSPECTIVES (liturgical, political, symbolic, psychoanalytical, and Buddhist)

ARE OFFERED DURING MORNING PRAYER, MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, AT 8:15 AM



THE BOOK OF GENESIS DAY-BY-DAY

The cosmos, all the creatures and the people in it; the fragility of the human condition and that of nature, and the blessing of the divine voice over all of it; the call received by some individuals who become the ancestors of a holy people which exists for making the whole world blessed and holy.

Not a historical or scientific account of anything, but a powerful reflection on humanity, God and the world.


DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, WE WILL EXPLORE THE FIRST FEW CHAPTERS OF THE BOOK OF GENESIS, IN THE CONTEXT OF THE PRAYER OF LAUDS, MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY 8:15 AM


JESUS 101: Essentials of Christology

Who was Jesus? Are there ways to uncover his original teachings? When and why Christians proclaimed the divine origin of Jesus? What does it mean to believe in Jesus? What bearings the historical doctrines about Jesus may have on our contemporary life? In this class, we will learn about such big issues from a variety of perspectives. No statement of faith is required to attend the class, yet each student will be invited to reflect on a personal level.

Instructor: Gianluigi Gugliermetto, Ph.D. An Anglican theologian and an Episcopal priest, Gianluigi conceives theology as an aid to develop a critical reflection and an in-depth approach to the Christian tradition. He has published on systematic theology, interreligious dialogue, theology and film. Main research interests: desire in theo/anthropology, spirituality, and ritual/liturgy.

The class will meet on these four Thursday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm:


September 26 October 3 October 10 October 17

Textbook required: Roger Haight, Jesus, Symbol of God, Orbis Books Maryknoll, NY, 1999.

Suggested donation: $120 (Christ Church parishioners $80). Scholarships available.

Enrollment and payments: Christ Church Office (Ashanti Smalls) 909 983 1859 christchurchontariocal@gmail.com


For inquiries into future classes, write to Fr. Gianluigi: priest.christchurchont@gmail.com



On top of page, detail of an icon of the Transfiguration by Andrej Rublev (year 1405).