Services & Classes
A Lively History of Christianity
Ten Sessions, Ten Sundays, 9:00-9:45 a.m.
Beginning January 20, 2002
January 20: "The Curtain Rises"
The Apostolic Era: First Century
January 27: "Down, But Not Out!"
Early Christians on Trial: 200-325 A.D.
February 3: "Christianity Is In!"
Constantine Endorses the Faith: 325-500 A.D.
February 10: "Repeated Pow-wows"
The Nicene Councils: 500-800 A.D.
February 17: "Charlemagne to the Rescue"
The Holy Roman Empire: 800-1100 A.D.
February 24: "Win Some, Lose Some"
The Crusades: 1100-1300 A.D.
March 3: "Who Turned Out the Lights?"
The Dark Ages: 1300-1550 A.D.
March 10: "If You Can't Lick 'em-Leave 'em!"
The Reformation: 1550-1700 A.D.
March 17: "Christian Cacophony!"
Growth of Protestantism: 1700-2000 A.D.
March 24: "What Next?"
Christianity, Today and Tomorrow: 2000 and Beyond
How could a tiny, disorganized religious sect, their leader supposedly dead, become the most influential force in history? Does the history of the faith show the clear presence and supervision of Christ through the Holy Spirit, notwithstanding appearances (or disappearances) sometimes to the contrary? Where do the various parts of the Church fit into the picture?
Dr. Lilburn E. Wesche, the leading instructor, planned the curriculum, which holds interest and value for the following:
- Inquirers who want to explore the claims of Christ and the Church;
- Christians who want to be able to see the Church with a perspective that is from a different part of the Church;
- Christians who want to understand how the Church can encompass such variety within the scope of orthodoxy; and
- Christians who want to understand their own ecclesial heritage.
Everyone: inquirers, Christians of whatever theological persuasion or church-is warmly invited to attend the series, which is presented without charge as a service to inquirers and the Church as a whole, by Epworth Chapel on the Green, a church which is Wesleyan in theology, Anglican in worship, orthodox in teaching, evangelical in mission, and ecumenical in thought.