Intro to The Way of Love
The Rev. Marek Zabriskie
Rector, Christ Church Greenwich
Join us for an introduction to The Way of Love with our Rector, Marek Zabriskie. Based on the seven key steps developed by the Presiding Bishop, Marek has edited a book about The Way of Love. Each Christ Church household will receive a copy of this book, which can be used as a guide to the spiritual movements that help us walk in Jesus’ footsteps.
The VERY Rev. PAUL ZAHL
Retired Episcopal Priest & Author
Lao-Tzu is credited with saying, “If you do not change direction, you will end up where you are headed.” That just about says it all concerning the damaging human compulsion towards predetermined outcomes. The Prayer Book implores, “that we would turn from our wickedness and live.” Another way of putting it is Robert Frost’s in “The Road Not Taken.” You come to a fork in your life and turn – or not. And “That has made all the difference.” The Very Rev. Paul Zahl lives in Florida but spends five months a year in Greenwich. He will talk about maximum turns, for the good, in a person’s life, and especially in the face of pain. Paul is a retired Episcopal priest, who has served parishes from Chevy Chase to Charleston and from Silver Spring to Scarborough-on-Hudson. He is the author of ten books, including Grace in Practice (2007) and The Protestant Face of Anglicanism (1995)
New Testament Scholar & Author
Professor Amy-Jill Levine is superbly qualified to provide context and insights that are typically not discussed or even taught in churches. She will help us to see how ancient Scripture would have been understood by its initial audience, and how we might hear it anew today. She is University Professor of New Testament And Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School And College Of Arts And Sciences, and author of numerous outstanding books, including Short Stories by Jesus and The Misunderstood Jew, and is co-editor of The Jewish Annotated New Testament. Through her books, teaching, and video lectures, she offers serious and casual students of Christianity alike a deeper dive into the Gospels, providing insight, understanding, and connection to stories that are both historical and eternal.
BR. Robert SEVENSKY
Order of the Holy Cross
The Bible is filled with prayers, both personal and communal, but it offers us little practical instruction or advice as to the why and how of prayer. St. Paul himself urges us to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) and yet admits: “We do not know how to pray as we ought” (Romans 8:26). How can we reclaim prayer as our native language and our primary speech? Br. Robert Sevensky, OHC, has been a monk in the Order of the Holy Cross since 1986. In addition to his several duties at Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, NY, Br. Robert serves as a spiritual director for students at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale.
The VERY REV. DR. ANDREW MCGOWAN
Dean, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale
When we think of worship we might think first of sacraments, ritual, or even music. In the Bible, worship is more a way of talking about obedience and service. Is worship just about style and taste, or could it also be about needs and demands? What does The Way of Love offer, or promise? The Very Rev. Andrew McGowan is the Dean and President of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, where he leads formation for clergy and lay leaders for the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Community. He is the author of numerous books and publications.
PROFESSOR HARRY ATTRIDGE
Yale Divinity School
Blessing is a complicated business in Scripture. The Bible speaks of the many ways in which God blesses us for which it urges us to be grateful. Scripture and our rich liturgical tradition also call on us to bless God and one another. How should we do that? Professor Harry Attridge, former Dean of the Yale Divinity School, New Testament scholar, author of many books and a leading expert on the book of Hebrews, will be our speaker.
The Rev. DR. CHERYL McFADDEN
& THE REV. TERRY ELSBERRY
Clergy, Christ Church Greenwich
How do we reach out and share our faith with others in word and deed? How do we go beyond the walls of the church and cross frontiers to share God’s love in the things that we say and the actions that we do? The Rev. Dr. Cheryl McFadden our new Senior Associate Rector and the Rev. Terry Elsberry exude “Go” both in sharing their faith with others and in putting their faith into action. They will lead us this Sunday.
RABBI MITCH HURVITZ
Temple Sholom, Greenwich
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel notes that Jews hallow time, not places. One does not think of the great Jewish temples around the world, he notes. One thinks of the Jewish Sabbath. Christians are called to live into the Sabbath, not only by worshipping, but by taking one day in seven to connect more deeply with God and with our deepest self through Sabbath rest. Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz has been the Senior Rabbi of Temple Sholom for the past 18 years. He is the co-founder of The Sholom Center for Interfaith Learning and Fellowship, and is the president of the Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy, a position he has held several times. As one of the prominent religious leaders in the Greenwich area and beyond, Rabbi Mitch is frequently asked to speak at synagogues, churches, study groups, community institutions and universities.