Seminary Professors Featured at the 43rd Thorne Sparkman School

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The 43rd Annual Thorne Sparkman School of Religion will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 17 and meets five consecutive Wednesdays during Lent though March 16 and offers four class options, two of which will be led by School of Theology professors. The Thorne Sparkman School is held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The opening night, Feb. 17, will feature as keynote speaker the Rev. Becca Stevens, Episcopal priest, entrepreneur, author, and social justice activist. Stevens is the founder and president of Thistle Farms, a social enterprise for women who have survived abuse, addiction, trafficking, and prostitution. She has been featured in The New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, and CNN, and she was named a “Champion of Change” by the White House in 2011. A prolific writer, her newest book is Letters from the Farm: A Simple Path for a Deeper Spiritual Life.

Clases are offered on each consequetive Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. You may register at stpaulchatt.org.

Feb. 24—Race in American Literature: Dr. Verbie Prevost, Connor Professor of American Literature at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Dr. Aaron Shaheen, U.C. Foundation Professor of American Literature at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

March 2—Religion and the Civil War: Chris Carpenter, history teacher at McCallie School.

March 9—Same- Sex Relationship and the Anglican Communion: the Rev. Dr. Robert MacSwain, associate professor of theology in the School of Theology, the University of the South.

March 16—Practicing Christian Spirituality: the Rev. Dr. Julia Gatta, professor of pastoral theology in the School of Theology, the University of the South.

Additionally, Music at St. Paul’s presents celebrated concert organist Scott Hanoian performing 19th- and 20th-century masterworks on St. Paul’s mighty Casavant organ. Hanoian’s program includes music by Felix Mendelssohn, Jean Langlais, Charles Marie Widor, César Frank, Louis Vierne, and Herbert Howells. The concert takes place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door; $5 for students.  

 



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