Christian Classics Study Group

Christian Classics Study Group: Learning the Gospel by Heart

  On Friday 7 December Anna van Laere has been invited to speak about the tradition of learning the bible by heart – in her case the Gospel According to Mark.  She will tell something about the group she is a part of that learns to memorize the texts together and to music. And she will sing a little part of Marc’s Gospel.  The evening will be in Dutch and English.   Anna will share with…

Christian Classics Study Group: Irenaeus: On the Apostolic Preaching

Irenaeus was born in Asia (Turkey) between 115-142 AD and he died ca. 202. While young, he had seen and heard bishop Polycarp (d. 155) at Smyrna. During persecutions under Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Irenaeus was a priest (maybe already the bishop?) in Lyon (France). His bishop Photinus (already in prison?) send him to Rome in 177/178 with a letter for Pope Eleutherius regarding Montanism, an excitable charismatic movement. Upon his return to Lyon, Irenaeus succeeded…

Christian Classics Study Group – The second night on Polycarp

29th June The Martyrdom of Polycarp Friday, Dinner at 6:30pm, talk at 8:00pm After the first evening on Polycarp’s Letter to the Philippians, Christian Classics, continues in June with the second evening on the great 2nd bishop Polycarp (in Smyrna, modern day Izmir, Turkey). Polycarp is among the earliest Christians whose writings survived. His name ‘Polycarp’ means ‘much fruit’ in Greek. It is recorded by Irenaeus, who heard him speak in his youth, and by Tertullian, that…

Christian Classics Study Group – The Epistle of Barnabas – Friday 13 April

Dear Friends in Christ: As mentioned at our last Christian Classics, this Friday the 13th of April we will be led, by the Rev Dr Jos Strengholt, through the very early anonymous Christian writing – The Epistle of Barnabas.  Though we don’t know for sure who wrote The Epistle of Barnabas, this work has been ascribed to Clement of Alexandria in Egypt.  It is generally thought to have been written sometime between 70 and 150 AD.  The Epistle reflects on the Old Testament practices…

Christian Classics Study Group: Gregory of Nyssa’s The Life of Moses

This Wednesday 21  of March we will be led through this classic spiritual work of Gregory of Nyssa by the Rev Jos Strengholt. The Evening begins at 8pm (no supper this time) at the Parsonage.  (There is a service of Holy Communion from 7-7:40pm beforehand at the Church.)  We will each receive a copy of the text, The Life of Moses, and a short workbook.  Fr Strengholt will give us a background on Gregory of…

Christian Classics Friday 9 February – The Heidelberg Catechism

The Heidelberg Catechism (1563) is a well-known Protestant confession of faith.  It is one of the many catechisms in the form of questions and answers that were written in the 16th century and without doubt the most famous one in the Dutch Reformed Context.  Despite the caricatures that have been made of it, it is still an astonishing rich theological document.  Given its strong association with the Reformed tradition, it may be a surprise that it…

The Mystical dimension of the Liturgy

On Friday October 13, the Christian Classics Study Group will explore the mystical dimension of the liturgy. We will look at questions such as, What is the deeper meaning of that which is celebrated in the liturgy? How does the liturgy symbolise and deepen our inner relationship with God? Starting point for our discussion will be selected texts from late medieval mystics of the Low Countries which address the relationship between the liturgy of the Church…

Coming up: Christian Classics Study Group “The Abolition of Man”

WHAT: “The Abolition of Man” by C.S. Lewis (a short work, which you can download by clicking here.) WHEN:  THIS FRIDAY 26th MAY 6:30pm  Dinner 8:00pm  Presentation and Discussion (let Hannah know if you are attending dinner, so we can plan: office@holytrinityutrecht.nl) WHERE:  Parsonage Hall, Holy Trinity – van Hogendorpstraat 26, 3581 KE Utrecht WHO:  David Dodds will lead us through the text. This is David Dodds’ description…  On 20 February 1955, several years into a…

Christian Classics Study Group – Hadewijch – 3 Feb AD 2017

Renske Hoff is currently doing a Doctorate on Hadewijch – she has agreed to lead our next Christian Classics Study Group on Friday 3 February! She writes: “While reading those three texts, I think it might be interesting for you to observe and think about Hadewijch’s notion of ‘Love’. What does this mean, how is it connected to her notion of ‘God’ and the human soul, and how is it connected to love between human beings? I am looking forward to your ideas about this: scholars do not yet agree.”