The theme for this year’s Lenten program is Challenges to Christianity in the 21st Century. Our 2017 Lenten program will offer a variety of intellectually and spiritually stimulating individual presentations based on a general theme of Challenges to Christianity in the 21st Century. All meetings will start with dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by the program and be over by 8:15 p.m. There will be five programs on Wednesdays in Lent, starting March 8. March 1, 2017 is Ash Wednesday. There will be a Rite II Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 p.m. but no pot luck supper on that day
March 8 – One of the biggest challenges our church has in 2017 is attracting young people. Dr. Karen-Marie Yust, Professor of Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary will speak to us about changes in today’s Christian Formation programs, her experience teaching college students in today’s environment and implications for the traditional “Church School” approach. Dinner will be our usual covered dish dinner. Bring an entrée, a salad or dessert to share.
March 15 – The Episcopal Church has a five hundred year tradition of choral evensong. It is truly a wonderful, calm, quiet service that is rarely done at Manakin. We will have a Choral Evensong as our program following dinner. Families with children are encouraged to bring them to this short service. Dinner prior to this service will be provided. For less than the cost of going to McDonald’s, you can get dinner with wine, and experience this wonderful traditional service. There will be no sermon and families should be able to return home by 8:00 p.m.
March 22 – The Reverend John M. Kerr, retired Chaplain of the College of William and Mary will address us on “The Road Less Traveled: “How science and religion can coexist.” Rev. Kerr spoke to us last year and we are delighted that he will return this year for another intellectually challenging experience. If you missed last year, here is another chance to see what everyone was raving about.
March 29 – Dr. Arthur B. Gunlicks, Adjunct Professor at the University of Richmond and former Head of the Political Science Department there, will talk to us about the likely state of relations between the United States and Russia following our recent elections, and other related geopolitical issues impacting the Christian community.
April 5 – The Reverend Peter K. Stimpson will return with another talk to prepare us for Holy Week as he looks at societal forces impacting the Church in the 21st Century. In addition to his divinity degree he is a licensed clinical social worker who headed his own consulting firm.
Mark your calendar and plan to attend these offerings.