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2018 Lent Reads

Sundays, February 18-March 18

Make spiritual formation part of your Lenten practice this year. Choose one of the following books to read over the next forty days of Lent, and join with other parishioners to discuss and reflect during the education hour each Sunday morning. Below is a list of each book and who is leading the discussion. Copies of all the books are available for purchase in the Trinity Bookstore. Please register below.

Begin at the Beginning: A New Translation of MarkMark Translation
9:00 a.m., Morrson Room. Led by Dean Nathan LeRud. This Lent, return to the earliest days of the Christian tradition. Dean LeRud leads a five-week discussion of David Bentley Hart's 2017 translation of the Gospel According to Mark, the earliest of the four gospels to be written. Hart’s “piteously literal” translation (available in the bookstore or in weekly class hand-outs) seeks to render Mark’s idiosyncratic language “as if doctrine is not given,” revealing the strangeness of a world and writer that may surprise contemporary readers who are accustomed to hearing scripture through the lens of later Western traditions. We’ll seek to re-discover the radical nature of the first Christians, encountering the strange figure of Jesus of Nazareth as if for the first time. Click HERE to register.

The Call to DiscernmentThe Call to Discernment in Troubled Times
9:00 a.m. Stearns Library. Led by Canon Julia McCray-Goldsmith. Explore the time-honored spiritual wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola through reading and practices that bring his wisdom into dialogue with contemporary challenges...including those within our own souls! Together, we’ll be reading The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times, a contemporary perspective on the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises written by a Jesuit scholar based in El Salvador. Additionally, participants can take part in a simple daily practice of Ignatian prayers using the devotional guide Sacred Space for Lent 2018. Click HERE to register.

9:00 a.m., Bishop Scott Room. Led by Canon Matthew Lawrence. Marilynne Robinson is widely regarded as one of the great novelists of our time - and happily for us, her writing is saturated with lyrical, luminous spirituality. Her Gilead trilogy, profiling two early 20th Century pastors and one of their wives in a small town in Iowa, will likely stand as a literary masterpiece for the ages. Each of the three novels stands beautifully on its own - and when read in sequence, they become even more breathtakingly beautiful. This Lent we will dive into the third book in the trilogy, named after its central character, Lila. The novel paints a memorable portrait of an abandoned girl who survives a childhood and young adulthood of extreme poverty to become the surprising and unlikely wife of one of the trilogy’s two pastors. It is not necessary to read the first two novels to fully love the third- in fact, since it is set chronologically prior to the other two novels, an argument can be made for beginning the trilogy with this book. Click HERE to register.