This Sunday we will be welcoming Rev. Mickey Fenn back to St. Andrew's. We will also have a guest accompanist, Daniel Newman-Lessler. All in all, it promises to be a meaningful and memorable time of worship. I will be there with you in spirit!
Our guest accompanist this Sunday is Daniel Newman-Lessler. Daniel is a composer, conductor, and multi-instrumentalist based out of Southern California. He is the program administrator and choral director of Music Academy of the West's Sing! program and director of California Institute of the Arts Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. Daniel is a Lilian Disney and Colburn Scholar at California Institute of the Arts, where he is pursuing an MFA Performer-Composer degree. Previously, Daniel graduated from USC Thornton School of Music with an MM in Sacred Music and a BM in Piano Performance. Visit danielnewmanlessler.com for more information and media.
This Sunday we will present a lecture by Dom Crossan, entitled “The Life of Jesus: Economic Exploitation and the Sea of Galilee” from the series, “GOD & IMPERIAL POWER: Jesus & Economic Injustice.” Crossan speaks of “empire” and “eschaton” and suggests we look at the Kingdom of Rome and the Kingdom of God as two giant tectonic plates pushing against each other down below the surface of history. The “Jesus Boat’ discovered in 1986 demonstrates the hardship of life for fisherman on the Sea of Galilee under the reign of Herod Antipas who had just built a new capitol, Tiberius, on the Sea in honor of the Emperor. The people of Galilee lived with an “eschatological expectation” for God to put an “end to the suffering and injustice.” Crossan paints a clear picture of the struggle, hopelessness, sorrow and anger of the people.
John Dominic Crossan and Joerg Rieger expand our awareness of the historic collusion between Christianity and the empires of the west, from Jesus’ non-violent program of resistance to Roman Imperialism under Augustus, to the imperialistic “partnerships” of the 21st Century. Individually, these two scholars are powerhouses. Together, they are explosive.