Wonderful Wednesdays is an educational forum that welcomes a wide community. Lecturers and facilitators present a two or three session series. The program draws together diverse perspectives on various subjects. Wonderful Wednesdays is open to everyone, and admission is by donation. Arrive at 9:30 AM for coffee, tea, and treats. The presentation begins at 10:00 AM and runs until 11:00 AM with a ten-minute coffee break. If time allows, each session is concluded with a question-and-answer period. Bring your friends and a curious mind to this stimulating mid-week morning!
Wonderful Wednesdays runs twice a year (usually for 4-6 weeks): once in the spring coinciding with Lent, and a second time in the fall. The next series will be in October 2017.
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PAST SERIES TOPICS AND SPEAKERS:
The Man Who Gave Us Screwtape
February 22 with The Rev’d Canon Herb O’Driscoll
As a follow up to his Wonderful Wednesday series in Winter 2016 (The Man who Discovered Narnia: A two part series on C S Lewis), Canon Herb O’Driscoll offers an in-depth exploration of how Lewis’s famed work “The Screwtape Letters” emerged from his academic experience and his family life. The letters are written as an imagined correspondence between two tempters hoping to capture a christian soul. If there is time Canon Herb will mischievously share a couple of his own Screwtape Letters!
Internationally regarded as one of the greatest preachers of our day, The Rev’d Canon Herb O’Driscoll is the author of more than 30 books. In great demand as a speaker and conference leader, O’Driscoll is at once a brilliant scholar and mesmerizing Irish storyteller. He has been the featured presenter at many preaching seminars and conferences around the globe, and is one of the world’s leading authorities on Celtic Christianity.
The Lenten Season
March 8 with Rabbi Harry Brechner (Judaism)
March 15 with Bishop John Hannen (Christianity)
March 22 with Dr. Farouk Mitha (Islam)
As we go through Lenten tide, a traditional time of penitence and reflection in our Christian faith, this three-part series will explore how the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity (particularly the Anglo-Catholic expression of our Anglican tradition) and Islam, approach this aspect of their faith. To see how the “Children of the Book” are similar and/or different in their approach to being reconciled to God despite our human frailties.
Rabbi Harry Brechner is the spiritual leader of Congregation Emanu-El in Victoria. Harry is involved in various social action projects and outreach to marginal and vulnerable folk in Victoria. Prior to moving to Victoria, he served as Head of School for the New Orleans Jewish Day School and Director of the Bureau of Jewish Education for Greater New Orleans.
Bishop John Hannen (who prefers the title “Father John”) is a retired Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Caledonia. In 2001, he gave up his position of Bishop to pursue parish ministry at St. Barnabas in Victoria and work with First Nations people.
Dr. Farouk Mitha is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at UVic and a Curriculum Development Coordinator at The Institute of of Ismaili Studies. Some people may remember that Dr. Mitha presented a Wonderful Wednesdays talk in November 2015 on Muslim faith.