Why Be a Christian? Claiming Christian Identity in a Post-Christian Culture
Sparrow Conference Room
Why Be a Christian?: Claiming Christian Identity in a Post-Christian Culture Five Wednesday Evenings, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. (January 22 - February 19, 2020) $125 (Please contact LifelongLearning@vts.edu if cost prevents you from participating); Click here to register
What does it mean to be a Christian in a post-Christian culture? What makes us uneasy about claiming our Christian identity in the current climate? Is there a difference between being a good Christian and just trying to be a good person? Does being a Christian mean we have to reject other religions?
This 5-week course will explore these and other questions of faith and practice, inviting clergy, lay leaders and seekers to find fresh ways to name, share and appreciate what a sense of Christian identity can mean in our time.
Week 1: Christians in a Secular Culture: A spiritual path
Week 2: Jesus: the Heart of Christianity
Week 3: “People of the Book”: Scripture and Christian practices
Week 4: Christian Spiritual Maturity
Week 5: The Contemplative Path and the Way of the Cross.
Dr. Kathleen Henderson Staudt (Kathy) is as a teacher, poet and spiritual director and has taught at a number of institutions in our area, including Virginia Theological Seminary and Wesley Theological Seminary. Her classes focus on writing, literature, spirituality and explorations of vocation. Kathy offers retreats and workshops at churches and retreat centers, including the annual Evelyn Underhill Day of Quiet offered in Washington each year in June, as well as courses and retreats on poetry as spiritual practice. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in Weavings, Christianity and Literature, Sewanee Theological Review, Anglican Theological Review, Ruminate and Spiritus. She is the author of a scholarly study of the artist and poet David Jones, and she has published three books of poems: Annunciations: Poems out of Scripture; Waving Back: Poems of Mothering Life. Most recently she has edited This Thing Called Poetry, a volume of poems by young adults with cancer.