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walter-brueggemann00045.jpgTrinity Explores with Dr. Walter Brueggemann

Trinity Explores brings speakers of the highest quality to deepen our understanding and offer fresh and challenging ideas on a variety of topics.

Prophetic Imagination in the 21st Century

February 16-18, 2018 

A Friday evening, a Saturday morning, and a Sunday morning Trinity Explores with Dr. Walter Brueggemann

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Adult Church School

Sunday mornings at 9:45 am

Session III

January 7 – February 11, 2018



 The Prophetic Imagination

Room B-104/106

Speaker: Richard Floyd

The prophets of the Old Testament and Jesus of Nazareth were poets, speaking a new world into being. They critiqued the world as it was and offered an energizing vision of what the world could be. We are called to do the same—so says Walter Brueggemann in his seminal book, The Prophetic Imagination. In this class we will explore Dr. Brueggemann’s book and vision.

The book is available on Amazon. You are invited to read the book, but you are welcome to participate in the class in any case.

Walter Brueggemann will be speaking at Trinity in February of 2018, so this class is a helpful way to prepare for his visit.

January 7 – The Alternative Community of Moses

January 14 – The Royal Consciousness – Countering the Counterculture

January 21 – Prophetic Criticizing and the Embrace of Pathos 

January 28 – Prophetic Energizing and the Emergence of Amazement

February 4 -- Criticism and Pathos in Jesus of Nazareth

February 11 -- Energizing and Amazement in Jesus of Nazareth




It’s Complicated: Affordable Housing, Gentrification, and Homelessness

Room 110

Various Speakers

A variety of Trinity and outside speakers will explore topics related to housing, homelessness, and gentrification, primarily in Atlanta, but also throughout the nation. In particular, we will delve into issues related to providing affordable housing for all who are in need (and show why it is complicated) and the challenges associated with attempting to secure it now and into the future. The goal of the class will be to position attendees to better understand these issues and explore what actions we and others, as people of faith, may be able to take in these fields in an educated and discerning manner.

January 7 – Introduction, Overview and Issue Spotting

Speaker: John Tirrill

January 14 – Affordable Housing, The Nuts and Bolts

Speaker: Bruce Gunter, Civitas Development

January 21 – Affordable Housing, Additional information and Broader Policy Perspectives

Speaker: Sarah Kirsch, Urban Land Institute

January 28 – Homelessness

Speakers: Ed Powers, HOPE Atlanta; and Keeva Kase, Buckhead Christian Ministry 

February 4 -- Mixed Income Communities

Speaker: John Ahmann, Westside Future Fund 

February 11 -- Westside Residents Panel

Moderated by Amanda Meng, Georgia Institute of Technology




PERSPECTIVES – Literature, Art, Science, and History

Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Tragedy and the Christian Vision

Room B112

Speaker: Lewis Wilson

Dr. Wilson has a PhD in English from Emory University and taught for several years at Emory and at The Lovett School.  For most of his adult life, he worked as an investment portfolio manager who specialized in managing endowment fund assets for schools and colleges around the Southeast.  He has taught Hamlet many times and considers it one of his favorite sports.

Long Description: Hamlet is often called the greatest play in the world. Some have called it the greatest piece of literature. Regardless, it has become an indispensable part of our culture and of ourselves. We’ll spend some quality time with the “Melancholy Dane” as we seek “to pluck the heart out of” his “mystery.” Among many other things, we’ll try to decide if he really is the weepy neurasthenic played by Lawrence Olivier or the angry, ironic, steel-trap intellect portrayed by Richard Burton or the aloof, frightening superman of Tom Stoppard. We’ll watch as, in private, he castigates and rails against himself, but then we’ll notice how everyone else in the play is scared to death of him. In trying to make sense of all this, we’ll pay a lot of attention to the deep structure of Tragedy and its relationship to the Christian Vision.

January 7 – Introduction: “Friends to this ground/And liegemen to the Dane”

January 14 – Act I: “Not so my Lord, I am too much in the sun.”

January 21 – Act II: “the Play’s the thing” 

January 28 – Act III: “to be or not to be” 

February 4 -- Act IV: “greatly to find quarrel in a straw” 

February 11 -- Act V: “Absent thee from felicity awhile,/And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain /To tell my story.”




Coffee & Connections

Williams Hall C

How do we navigate the transitions in our lives, from aging parents, to mid-life soul searching, to children growing up? How do we nourish ourselves spiritually?

The Coffee and Connections class will explore the themes of personal faith and spiritual nourishment. The format is discussion based and participation is encouraged. To foster friendship and fellowship among attendees, special coffee is served and the first 15-20 minutes is reserved for socializing.