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UPCOMING GUEST SPEAKERS: LENT 2018

This year for Lent, we are experimenting with a parish-wide discipline by asking the whole church to participate in the program Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John, a Bible study designed by The Society of St. John the Evangelist and the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary. This journey into prayer and reflection focuses on the Gospel of John and 1 John. We are pleased to host two guest speakers during this season to help enhance our exploration of John.

Brother Keith Nelson, SSJE

Save the date for March 17 & 18 when we will welcome Br. Keith Nelson, from The Society of St. John the Evangelist, who will lead us in a half-day retreat day on March 17 from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., and preach all services March 17 & 18.

“That They All May Be One”: Personal Encounter & Collective Transformation in the Gospel according to John
In John’s gospel, we meet a motley crew of characters with one thing in common: each experiences a life-changing encounter with Jesus that initiates a journey of spiritual transformation. But while these journeys are personally transformative, they also liberate each character to become who God intends them to be in relationship – in a new, divine community of fellow travelers and friends. Our shared friendship with Jesus opens the door to mutual witness, reciprocal transformation, and shared union with God. In this half-day retreat, we’ll seek to encounter Jesus, ourselves, and one another in the characters and stories of John’s Gospel. We’ll also explore the Fourth Gospel’s vision of Christian vocation as a path of personal encounter and collective transformation in the Spirit.

Register online here. The cost is $10/person. Questions? Contact Mother Erin at ewarde@transfiguration.net.

The Society of St. John the Evangelist
We are a community of men giving our whole selves over to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rooted in the ancient monastic traditions of prayer and community life, and critically engaged with contemporary culture, we seek to know and share an authentic experience of God’s love and mercy. We live a common life shaped by worship, prayer, and our Rule of Life. The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) was founded in the parish of Cowley in Oxford, England, by the Reverend Richard Meux Benson in 1866. SSJE was the first stable religious community of men to be established in the Anglican Church since the Reformation. Our order came to Boston in 1870. For many years SSJE also had houses in Scotland, India, South Africa, Japan and Canada. Now, the Brothers of the North American Congregation live at the Monastery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near Harvard Square, and also keep a rural retreat center, Emery House, in West Newbury, Massachusetts. The Brothers live under a Rule of Life and, at profession, make vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience.

Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, we welcome The Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, Professor of New Testament at Perkins School of Theology, to give a lecture on the Gospel of John. She is a scholar at Perkins School of Theology specializing in John’s gospel, and this will give us the tools we need to begin our 40 days with John’s gospel and 1 John.

From Death to Life: The Gospel of John

The Gospel of John faces death squarely and honestly. In the story of Lazarus that appears in John 11, some in the crowd ask: “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” Both of his sisters, Martha and Mary, separately declare, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” In the midst of the story, we read: “Jesus wept.” How does all this fit with Jesus’ proclamation in John 10:10: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”? How might John speak into our lives today when it comes to life and death?

 

The St. Catherine’s Fund

In 2015, a generous gift was given by anonymous donors-$10,000 a year for five years, to fund outside speakers and various lectures at Transfiguration. This gift was named the St. Catherine’s Fund after St. Catherine of Alexandria, patron saint of philosophers and preachers, as she herself was a noted scholar. Additionally, it is said that theologians, apologists, preachers, and philosophers called on her in prayer to intercede for them, an opportunity we might also take as we discern what speakers to invite!


St. Catherine, Most blessed and favored patron saint, Thou who sought the truth with perseverance, loved the truth in humility, taught the truth in charity, and defended the truth with courage, pray for us. Obtain for us the grace to persevere in truth, to be a light in the darkness of the times in which we live, and to convey to others, both in our written words and in our actions, the responsibility, wisdom, and knowledge to proclaim the truths of our holy Faith as proclaimed by the Church. O holy virgin and bride of Christ, whose letters inspired, guided, and led the Church to renewal and transformation, obtain too for us the grace to live the truth, the patience to endure the trials and hardships, to carry our Cross in the spirit of prayer and self denial, and to defend the Church in its hour of crucifixion. We ask these in Christ’s name, Amen.

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