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CANCELLED Wednesday Lenten Series: “Seculosity”
March 25 @ 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm EDT
An event every week that begins at 6:45 pm on Wednesday, repeating until April 1, 2020
Wednesdays in Lent: March 4 through April 1, 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Valentine Hall
Episcopalian and lay minister David Zahl writes in his 2019 book Seculosity that Americans are as religious as ever — just about things other than God. According to Zahl, we seek salvation in everything from politics to parenting, food to technology, career to romance. Join Zahl and his colleague the Rev. Connor Gwin for this engaging Lenten series.
March 4 Introduction to Seculosity
David Zahl, author of Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do about It, will give an overview of his theory of seculosity. Zahl is the founder and director of Mockingbird Ministries and serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church, Charlottesville.
March 11 The Seculosity of Busyness
The last time someone asked you how you were doing, did you respond with “well”‘… or “busy”? The honest truth is, life in the 21st century often feels more like a treadmill than a journey. In this session, we’ll explore some of the ways that the calendar has come to serve as a measure of personal enoughness–and exhaustion as a status symbol–and what that might say about the nature of spiritual rest.
March 18 – The Seculosity of Teens and Schools
The Rev. Connor Gwin knows firsthand about teens, schools, and religion — not only was he once a teenager, he now serves as chaplain at Stuart Hall School in Staunton. Come for a discussion on how Americans have made a religion out of teens, schools, and academic achievement. Gwin is a contributing writer to the Mockingbird website.
March 25 – The Seculosity of Death and Dying
We are all going to die. This is a universal fact of life, but what happens when the religious understanding of death and dying disappears? In this talk, the Rev. Connor Gwin will discuss the secular religions concerning death that are gaining momentum in our modern age. From Heaven is for Real to “death hacking,” we will see what our culture thinks about death and what Good News actually sounds like when talking about the ultimate question.
April 1 – The Seculosity of…TBD