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History of Christianity: Monthly Lecture & Slide Show - Wednesday, March 15, 2016

posted 24 Sep 2015, 10:04 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 9 Feb 2017, 04:42 ]

The Revivals: Evangelicals, Tractarians, Christian Socialists.
Presented by David Neelands, Dean of Divinity at Trinity College, and the Rev. Gary van der Meer, Pastor of St. Anne's.

Our 6th of 10 sessions to chronicle the spread of Christian faith through Europe to the British Isles, through the development of our Anglican tradition to the present day. There will be a special focus on justice issues especially with colonial expansion and continuing to Canada's current experience of the Truth & Reconciliation process.

Each evening includes the option of a light supper at 6:30 p.m. This is intended to make it easier if you are coming directly from work. We welcome potluck contributions to the meal. Suggestions: salad, cheese & bread, dessert, drinks.

The lecture begins at 7:30 - 2 parts with a short break between - given by the Rev. Canon David Neelands, Dean of Divinity at Trinity College, and the Rev. Gary van der Meer, Incumbent of St. Anne's. Each section includes slides to help you learn and think in pictures.

This is the third year for the St. Anne's lecture series. The first explored the development of the Bible. The second addressed the development of the early church and its theology through to the fourth century. Each evening is complete in itself, so don't hesitate to join us, even if you have not attended previous lectures. Visitors are welcome.

  • 6:30 Supper
  • 7:30 Lecture
  • 8:45 Conclusion


Sept 14 - Lecture 1: Christianity expands to Britain - Romans & Celts. The continuing fascination with Celtic Christianity.

Oct 12 - Lecture 2: Christianity in Britain: Saxons, Danes & Normans.

Nov 9 - Lecture 3: The High Middle Ages - cathedrals, abbeys, shrines, pilgrimages.

Dec 7 - Lecture 4: Renaissance & Reformation in Continental Europe.

Jan 11 - Lecture 5: The Reformation reaches England. Part 1 - Chronology of what happened; Part 2 - changes in worship and theology.

Feb 8 - Lecture 6: Puritanism and the Restoration; Religion and Civil War in England and Scotland.

March 15 - Lecture 7: The Revivals: Evangelicals, Tractarians, and Christian Socialists.

April 5 - Lecture 8: Expansion of Christianity beyond Europe, especially the Western Hemisphere.

May 10 - Lecture 9: Sectarian Christianity in all its Diversity in English-speaking North America.

June 7 - Lecture 10: The Development of the Anglican Church of Canada, with comparison to Anglicanism around the world; A focus on Residential Schools and the Truth & Reconciliation Commission in Canada.