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History of Christianity: Monthly Lecture & Slide Show - Wednesday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.

posted 24 Sep 2015, 10:04 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 8 Jun 2017, 08:16 ]

Many Christian Denominations: Sectarian Christianity in all its Diversity in English-speaking North America. Stories of the fracturing of churches and the formation of new movements.

Our 10th and final session of this year's History Lecture focuses on the proliferation of churches and breakaway groups. Why to divide, and what about the impetus to re-unite, inspired by Jesus' hope "that they may all be one."

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 Americas; the Development of the Anglican Church of Canada, with comparison to Anglicanism around the world.

May 10 - Lecture 9: The Anglican Church of Canada: Origin of Residential Schools and their History; Foundation of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission in Canada. This lecture is part of Paddling Together, the St. Anne's arts festival celebrating Indigenous life in Canada.

June 7 - Lecture 10: Many Christian Denominations: Sectarian Christianity in all its Diversity in English-speaking North America.