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Wednesday Evenings in Lent

2019 Lenten Program

(March 20, March 27, April 3 and April 10)

Featuring historical highlights in the formation of the Anglican and Episcopal Churches

with Hannah Matis, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Church History at Virginia Theological Seminary


Stations of the Cross at 6:00 pm

Soup and Salad dinner at 6:30 pm

Program lecture at 7:00 pm

March 20 - A captivating evening of photos and stories from Fr. Jeff and Kate’s experiences on sabbatical.  Come see how your rector spent three months in Europe!

March 27 – The English Reformation: We all know that Henry VIII needed his divorce, but what did that mean for the church? We look at the ways in which the Reformation happened differently in England, and what that means for us today.

April 3 – The English Civil War, Plymouth, and Jamestown:  Who were the Pilgrims who came to Plymouth Rock? Who came to Jamestown, and why does that matter? We look at the divided legacy of the English Civil War and what that means for the religious landscape of America.

April 10 – The Revolutionary War and the Founding of the Episcopal Church: In many ways, the Episcopal Church’s darkest moment was its beginning, in the wake of the American fight for independence.  We look at what revolution meant for the church in the colonies and how it impacted the founding of the Episcopal Church.

Dr. Matis is Assistant Professor of Church History at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS). She joined the VTS faculty in 2014. Her research is in early medieval biblical interpretation, and she is the author of the forthcoming book, The Song of Songs in the Early Middle Ages (Brill, 2019).

A historian by training from The Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, her work has always been interdisciplinary. She is interested broadly in medieval history, medieval biblical interpretation, Anglican studies, and the history of spirituality, particularly the religious experience of women. She also holds a master’s degree in medieval history from the University of Durham.