Saint MatthiasÂ' Church Presents Inspiring Lenten Lecture Series


The Reverend Kenneth M. Near, Rector, is will offer a free Lenten programme for 2012; a speakers series around the theme of honour. Lectures take place over the next four Sunday mornings at St. Matthias' Church in Westmount and encourage interactive Q & A interludes throughout. Talks include: Donald Boisvert (teacher and author of several articles dealing with the gay community's interaction with the church) on Honour, and the Emerging Church of the 21st Century;  The Honourable Justin Trudeau (Liberal MP for Papineau) on Honour, and the Building of a Just Society; Roy L Heenan (internationally respected lawyer and scholar) on Honour, and the Law and Patricia Kirkpatrick (Chair, McGill Biblical Studies Department) on Honour, and The Shadows of Feminine Idealization.

Rev. Kenneth M. Near has invited these scholars and community leaders to the church to lead a public discussion on this current and significant topic. 

Dates, topics, and leaders' profiles:

Sunday, 4 March, 2012:
Honour: And the Emerging Church of the 21st Century - Donald Boisvert
Donald Boisvert serves on the faculty of Concordia University in the Religion department. In 2010 he was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award by the Concordia University Alumni Association. He is the author of several books and scholarly articles dealing with the gay community's interaction with the church. Mr. Boisvert is preparing for ordination in the Anglican Church of Canada. He is also a gay man with a deep desire to serve and lead an emerging celebrative Eucharistic faith community seeking new directions in ministry for the 21st Century.

Sunday, 11 March, 2012:
Honour: And the Building of a Just Society - the Honourable Justin Trudeau Retribalization and globalism are social constructs. The first creates calcified cultural borders within. The second diminishes the significance of national borders. Apparently, neither is interested in the collective core values of the nation as a collective people. The Honourable Justin Trudeau, like his father before him, eschews narrow parochialism and offers instead a multicultural vision, i.e. a "gorgeous mosaic" located in "a just society".

Sunday, 18 March, 2012:
Honour: And the Law - Roy L. Heenan
Born in Mexico City, educated in Montréal, Roy Heenan is an internationally respected lawyer and scholar. He and Peter Blaikie co-founded Heenan Blaikie in Montréal and were among the first law practitioners to recognize the growing importance of international labour law. He is a roster member for dispute settlement procedures under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has served on numerous boards including the CBC and as President of the Board of Directors of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.This redoubtable practice attracted the attention of two former Prime Ministers of Canada, the Right Honourable Pierre Elliot Trudeau and the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien, who both joined this firm after leaving office.

Sunday, 25 March, 2012
Honour: And The Shadows of Feminine Idealization - Patricia Kirkpatrick
Patricia Kirkpatrick completed doctoral studies at Oxford University in 1984 with a specialty in Hebrew Scripture and Feminist Studies. Her research interests included: Oral Narrative Composition and Transmission, Historiography in the Biblical Text, Jewish Christian Dialogue, and Gender and the Church. She is the current Chair of the Biblical Studies Department at McGill and is involved with formation of candidates for Holy Orders in the Anglican Diocese of Montréal. 

The Significance and Relevance of Honour
Sundays, March 4, 11, 18, 25: 9:10 A.M. – 10:20 A.M. (including Q & A throughout)
Where: St. Matthias' Church, 10 Church Hill, Westmount
Lectures held in the Lower Hall of the Church
With: Donald Boisvert, the Honourable Justin Trudeau, Roy L. Heenan and Patricia Kirkpatrick

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