Wednesdays in Lent- 2013
You are cordially invited to attend a series of five Lenten lectures designed to be windows into the Christian faith through the visual and musical arts. Two lectures and a guided visit to the Walters Art Museum will be presented by Dr. Gary Vikan, long time (and soon to retire) director of the Walters Art Museum. Dr. Tom Hall, the music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society will present two lectures on music and the Christian faith. The final Wednesday in Lent we will premiere a new film entitled, “Defiant Requiem”, a documentary honoring the Jewish prisoners of Terezín during World War II.
These Lenten evenings will begin with a pot luck supper at 6:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Redeemer will supply the main dish and we ask that you bring a salad and/or dessert to share. The lectures will begin at 7:00 p.m. You are invited to come for the lectures even if you are unable to join us for the supper portion of the evening.
February 20: The Face of Christ
This richly illustrated lecture by Dr. Gary Vikan will explore how, over a period of centuries, Christianity came to settle on how to depict Jesus - who is not physically described in the Gospels and is not portrayed in art until the third century.
February 27: When, Where & How the Shroud of Turin “Was Made by Human Hands”
This provocative lecture, which will reveal the Turin shroud as a creation of 14th-century France, will be drawn from Dr. Vikan's current book project of the same title.
March 6: Making Words Matter More: Musical Masterpieces and Memory
This lecture by Dr. Tom Hall will explore how our understanding of text is enhanced and illuminated by music. Why does a poem become more than a poem when set to music? How does our life experience inform our understanding and appreciation of music? We’ll examine the factors that influence how we listen to music and why certain musical masterpieces have achieved iconic status.
March 13: What To Do When Words Hurt: The Gospels, the Music of Bach and the Legacy of Religious Intolerance
No one doubts that Bach’s St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion are revered musical icons. But have these masterpieces played a part in the long history of religious intolerance? Does Bach’s music, advertently or inadvertently promote anti-Semitism? The historical record is rife with examples of the Gospels of John and Matthew being employed by those who promote an anti-Jewish view. Are Bach’s musical renderings of the Passion story implicated in this record? Is there room within the faith traditions of Christianity and Judaism for reconciliation and understanding, and can Bach’s music be a part of that endeavor? Tom Hall has written and spoken extensively on this controversial topic. He will pose difficult questions, and offer some surprising answers. This concluding lecture fits well with the Christian themes of introspection and reflection during Lent.
March 20: Defiant Requiem
Defiant Requiem is a feature-length documentary film which illuminates the extraordinary, untold story of the brave acts of resistance by the Jewish prisoners at Terezín. The film tells the story of courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II who learned Verdi’s Requiem Mass by rote and then performed this compelling work 16 times as a statement of defiance and resistance.
Thursday, March 7: A Focused Tour at the Walters Art Museum
Join Dr. Vikan for a guided tour of the Walters' renowned collection of medieval art, with emphasis on the relationship between art and the spiritual experience in the Byzantine East and the Latin West. (Given space constraints, this tour must be limited to 20)
If adult spiritual formation is your calling, if you have a program you would like to suggest or plan or offer, or if you are looking for a ministry at Redeemer, we would love to talk with you about your ideas or interest in joining our ministry. Please let any member of the Christian Formation Committee or Redeemer's clergy know of your interest. We'd love to hear from you.
We look forward to your participation in one or more of our programs!
For more information, contact:
Clergy Liaison: The Rev. Caroline Stewart: 410-435-7333 ext. 228