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Christianity and Poetry (various poets)
Led by English Professor Tom Gardner

  • Mondays, 2:00-3:00pm
  • March 14-April 11
  • @ the Bradley Study Center, 104 Faculty Street

Do you think about reading poems as watching kind of drama? A glimpse into an inward act of searching and lament and praise?

With Tom Gardner, we will learn a way of reading and thinking that we can carry away use ourselves in the future.

We will spend five weeks discussing a number of challenging, thought-provoking Christian poets — including George Herbert, Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, Denise Levertov, Christian Wiman, and Kathleen Norris.

Poems will be available online or provided before the discussion!

All poetry backgrounds (or lack of backgrounds) welcome.

Join the Christianity and Poetry Disccussion Group!

Active Groups:

The Abolition of Man (C.S. Lewis)

Led by Jonathan Boreyko
Mondays, 4:00-5:00pm
January 31-March 21
@ the Bradley Study Center, 104 Faculty Street

Restless Devices: Recovering Personhood, Presence, and Place in the Digital Age (Felicia Wu Song)

Led by Taylor Rollo and James Depret-Guillaume
Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00pm
February 2-March 23
@ the Bradley Study Center, 104 Faculty St

To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World (James Davidson Hunter)

Led by Dean Bork and Steve Hodges (professors emeritus)
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00pm
February 1-April 5
@ the Bradley Study Center, 104 Faculty St


Target audience: Everyone welcome. This advanced discussion group may serve faculty, graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and intellectually curious community members best.

Can I get the book? Email drbork@vt.edu, or attend first meeting to get a copy of To Change the World.

About the group: It has become cliché to say that “Christians are to be in the world but not of it”. Living well as cultural aliens has been a challenge for as long as there has been a Church. It is no less so today. We do well to ask, what does it mean for us to engage our cultural context effectively as agents
of God’s kingdom?

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