Events and Symposia

Fall Speaker Series

We are hosting a series of speakers and topics that in some way explore the impact of the reformation. This series is possible through a generous grant from the Eli Lilly Foundation.

Oct 12: Mr. Elliott Kramer, History grad student UC Berkeley – the Anglican Church in Colonial North America

Oct 19: Dr. Daniel Lee, history department UC Berkeley – Luther, Calvin, and the construction of the modern state.

Oct 22 (Sunday) Mr. Jeffrey Thomas – director of the American Bach Soloists – Bach’s Powerfully Affirming Congregational Voice:
Rhetoric in Bach’s Early Cantatas

Mr. Thomas will use examples of cantata movements in which Bach embedded chorale texts and melodies to represent what seems to be the ultimate distillation of scriptural messages, as they summarize both that content and the high-quality (non-biblical) texts that illuminate the readings for any given day. The straightforwardness and the single and focused messages that are inherent in the chorale texts really represent the tremendous power of congregational understanding and absorption of Lutheran dogma.

Admission is free but we request you get a ticket for planning purposes. You can do so here.

Oct 26: Ms. Lucia Graves – political commentator for the Guardian, UK – media, the 2016 election, and truth.

Nov 16: Dr. Lori Anne Ferrell, FRHS – Claremont Graduate School director of English Early Modern Studies – topic TBA

Nov 30: Dr. Katherine Wilkinson – author and researcher for the drawdown project – how do we approach climate change to act in hope.

Past Events:

Spring Symposium 2017

Jane Austen and Religion: an exploration of faith and religion in her novels.  This two day event will include presentations from experts and students of Jane Austen’s work with a focus on how Austen’s Anglicanism informs or is hidden in her texts. There will also be an evensong service as part of the proceedings. This event is free. Please check back here for schedule and speaker updates. For questions or to present please contact tom@calepiscopal.org

Topics and Speakers:

Dr. Laura White, University of Nebraska will speak from her book ‘Jane Austen’s Anglicanism’. Dr. White will expand on the themes developed in that book with her further thoughts on the role of Anglicanism in Austen’s life. Link to the book page is here.

Lise Gaston, graduate student at UC Berkeley, will offer a talk on Austen’s clergy relations Henry Austen and Austen Leigh and the role they played in constructing the image of the holy Austen.

Jessica Ling, graduate student at UC Berkeley, will explore the role of the clergyman in regency England and some of the different ways in which the church was embedded into the culture and life of Britain in Austen’s era.

Dr. Roger E. Moore, Vanderbilt University, will speak from the topics raised in his book ‘Jane Austen and the Reformation’ specifically focusing on how Austen’s musings on places reveals her to be a sophisticated critic of the Reformation, specifically the Dissolution of the Monasteries carried out by Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell in the 1530s. Far from a writer who is uninterested in religion or religious history, as has often been assumed, Austen is instead part of a long, divisive conversation in England about sixteenth-century religious reforms and their negative social, economic, and spiritual consequences. A link to a review of Dr. Moore’s book is here.

 

 

Each year Cal Episcopal celebrates the festival of Candlemas. We choose this day for two reasons. 1) it is the only festival of the Incarnation (the humanity of God) that occurs during the academic year. 2) it celebrates the Cal motto ‘fiat lux’ or ‘let there be light. This year we welcomed the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Dr. Jonathan Sheehan, Dr. Henrike Lange,  and Dr. Asad Ahmed to discuss the role of faith and the academy historically and currently. A Candlemas procession including blessing of candles followed.

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This event is also with collaboration from the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion.