Saturday February 16, 2013

GUILFORD -- After the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Feb. 17, Guilford Community Church will host the first of a Lenten series. Soup and Bread, as well as discussion, will be part of a presentation by Jeremy Kirk on alternative understandings of suffering in contemporary Christianity.

Kirk writes, "While North American Christianity frequently focuses on one type of suffering as sacrificial during Lent, there are many Christian interpretations of suffering..." He will share examples, taken from his background in Christian social ethics, liberation theology, American pragmatism, feminism, Zen Buddhism and critical theory.

Kirk has taught ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Iona College in New York, and is currently instructing a course at Marlboro College titled, "Feminism, Men and Masculinity." He has served as an organizer with "Witness Against Torture: A Campaign to Shut Down Guantanamo," as well as with several environmental groups. He is currently pursuing ordination in the Vermont Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Kirk is a new member of the Guilford Community Church congregation and is also a PhD Student of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He currently lives in Marlboro with his partner, Sara Jane, and daughter, Vera.

The worship service for the day is focused on the One Great Hour of Sharing offering which exemplifies the abundant love of Christ for all peoples. Andy Davis, choir director, will lead two anthems, "Planting Seeds of Love" and "If We Only Have Love" by Jacques Brel.

Other Lenten offerings include Wednesday Meditations from 4 to 5 p.m. in the sanctuary and the Prayer Shawl Ministry which takes place at the same time. Everyone is welcome to all events.

Guilford Community Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ and is fully handicapped accessible. An ASL interpreter and hearing assistance is provided. The church is located one mile south of exit 1 on Route 5 in back of the Guilford Country Store. For more information call 802-257-2776 or check the website at www.guilfordchurch.org.