Adult Forum Schedule – Spring 2018

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The spring Adult Forum calendar features a continuation of the 2017-2018 forum series, God in the Arts: Encountering the Sacred through the Gift of Imagination. Join us as we explore how spirituality and the arts intersect and inform one another.

The Adult Forum takes place at 10:10 AM every Sunday morning, September to June in the St. Hilda’s Room of St. Paul’s on the Green (unless otherwise noted).

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Sunday, February 18 at 10:10 AM
Love Bade Me Welcome: The Music of David Hurd
David Hurd, currently the Organist and Director of Music at St. Mary the Virgin in Manhattan, is one of the most prominent musicians in the Episcopal Church today, and his hymns and anthems are sung regularly at St. Paul’s and parishes throughout the country. Assistant Rector Peter Thompson traces his long career and reflects on some of his most lasting contributions to congregational and choral repertoire.

Sunday, February 25 at 10:10 AM
Faithful Cross, Above All Other: The Cross & Crucifixion in Christian Art
The crucifixion was a key event in Christian history, so it should be no surprise that the Cross appears often in Christian art. Felicity Harley-McGowan, Lecturer in Art History at Yale Divinity School and an expert on medieval art, shares a few significant artistic representations of the Cross and explores what they can tell us about the meaning of the Cross in Christian faith.

Sunday, March 4 at 10:10 AM
Arts for Healing: The Transformative Power of Music & Art
We enjoy music and art, but can they change lives? A New Canaan-based organization Arts for Healing assumes they can. Karen Nisenson, Founder and Clinical Director of Arts for Healing, explains how it provides music and art therapy to children and adults from Fairfield and Westchester counties, helping individuals develop skills and overcome challenges through creativity and performance.

Sunday, March 11 at 10:10 AM
Art in Community: The St. Philip Artists’ Guild on Creative Work Together
This forum takes place in the ARTWorks Gallery of the Chittim-Howell House.
Just one block from St. Paul’s, at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, the members of the St. Philip’s Artists’ Guild share studio space in the church’s historic Manice Lockwood Mansion. A few weeks into their show at Seabury Academy’s ARTWorks Gallery in the Chittim-Howell House, the members of the Artists’ Guild talk about their own individual work and what they learn from creating alongside one another.

Sunday, March 18
The Passions of Christ: Musical Retellings of Jesus’ Death
Every year during the 7:30 PM Good Friday liturgy, the St. Paul’s Adult Choir sings a musical setting of the events that lead up to Jesus’ death. Such settings, also called Passions, have existed for hundreds of years, and include some of the best-known and most-loved music of all time. Assistant Rector Peter Thompson looks at the history of Passions, from the original medieval chant and its more elaborate Renaissance adaptations to the famous St. Matthew and St. John Passions of Johann Sebastian Bach and the Broadway passions of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Schwartz, chronicling how views of Jesus’ Passion have shifted over time and depended on context.

No forum on Sunday, March 25 (Palm Sunday) or Sunday, April 1 (Easter Sunday).

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