2022 Chi Rho Lectures

Jonathan Homrighausen and Suzanne Moore

Illuminating Justice:

How Art and Sacred Text Repair the World

Ancient scripture and contemporary art can help us imagine and crte a more just world. Our focus is The Saint John’s Bible, a handwritten, illuminated Bible, commissioned by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota and completed in 2011 by calligrapher Donald Jackson and a worldwide team of artists. We explore how this Bible’s images make ancient texts speak to current problems: ecological ruin, gender injustice, and strife between religions.

The Saint John’s Bible and Tikkun Olam: How Art and Sacred Text Repair the World – Jonathan HomrighausenFriday, Nov. 11,
7:00 pm
Huldah and the Power of the Book:
Artist and Biblical Scholar in Dialogue 
– Suzanne Moore and Jonathan Homrighausen
Saturday, Nov. 12, 10:00 am
“You Did Not Return to Me” (Amos 4:9): Earthly and Heavenly Gifts, and Our “Return” – Suzanne MooreSaturday, Nov. 12, 7:00 pm
Word Made Flesh and Words Made Scroll:
How The Saint John’s Bible Connects Jews and Christians 
Jonathan Homrighausen
Sunday, Nov. 13, 9:45 am

Jonathan Homrighausen teaches
in Religious Studies at the College of William & Mary. He is author of Planting Letters and Weaving Lines: Calligraphy, The Song of Songs, and The Saint John’s Bible (2022) and Illuminating Justice: The Ethical Imagination of The Saint John’s Bible

(2018). He is currently writing Writing Esther, Then and Now, as his doctoral dissertation in Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament at Duke University.

Suzanne Moore is a painter, lettering artist and designer. Spanning 40 years, her manuscript books have
presented subjects from the Cherokee writing system to the story of Scheherazade. She melds traditional scribal techniques with contemporary aesthetics. Her work is exhibited widely, and is held in private and public collections internationally. She created numerous illuminations and calligraphic treatments for The Saint John’s Bible.

Click here to view and download a poster for this event.

Holiday Opportunities

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Advent & Christmas Worship Schedule at Central

All services open for in-person attendance (masks required for age 2 and older) 
 Services denoted with an asterisk (*) will also be live-streamed

Advent Worship and Holy Communion on Sundays at 8:30am* & 11am 
 (Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, & 19)

Holden Evening Prayer on Tuesdays at 7pm 
 (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, & Dec. 14)

Advent Mid-week Worship w/Communion on Wednesdays at 12:30pm

(Dec. 1, Dec. 8, & Dec. 15)

Advent Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 5 at 4:30pm* Blue Christmas Service on Tuesday, December 21 at 7pm

Christmas Eve Manger Service at 4:30pm* Christmas Eve Festival Worship at 9:30pm*

The Second Day of Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 26 at 10am* 
 The Ninth Day of Christmas on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 10am* 
 (please note the time change and only one service)

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2021 Chi Rho Lectures – Mark Brocker

The 2021 Chi Rho Lecture: 

Doing Ethics in Extraordinary Times:

The Witness of Dietrich  Bonhoeffer

by the Rev. Dr. Mark Brocker

November 12-14, 2021, Central Lutheran Church,  Eugene, Oregon

Attendance in person with masks or the Friday, Saturday evening, and Sunday Lectures will be streamed. The Saturday morning sessions will be available via zoom or in person at Central.  Links for streaming and zoom will be available later.

German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is often celebrated as an example of a modern Christian martyr, and his participation in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler tends to be looked upon with favor. It is striking that Bonhoeffer himself deliberately sought to avoid justifying his actions. For Bonhoeffer his involvement in the conspiracy was an extraordinary venture of responsibility taken up only after a long period of ethical discernment and only after other more ordinary ethical options had been exhausted. In these lectures we will explore what it means to do ethics in extraordinary times and consider what the witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer means for us today.German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is often celebrated as an example of a modern Christian martyr, and his participation in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler tends to be looked upon with favor. It is striking that Bonhoeffer himself deliberately sought to avoid justifying his actions. For Bonhoeffer his involvement in the conspiracy was an extraordinary venture of responsibility taken up only after a long period of ethical discernment and only after other more ordinary ethical options had been exhausted. In these lectures we will explore what it means to do ethics in extraordinary times and consider what the witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer means for us today.

Lectures: Please note that links for live stream and zoom are active at the time of the session.

Download the program for Friday and Saturday evenings here.

Creating Courageous Human Beings: The Work of the Holy Spirit in Bonhoeffer’s Ethics Click here for video.

Bonhoeffer’s Ethics the work of the Holy Spirit is to create human beings who are committed to fulfilling their daily responsibilities and to engaging in courageous actions that address the most pressing issues of our time.

Friday night lecture:  Nov. 12, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter Street


Toward a Concrete Evangelical Ethics of Responsibility.   Click on each handout: Work Sheet Concrete Evangelical Ethics Responsible Decision Making Case Study

Utilizing insights from Bonhoeffer’s Ethics we will begin to develop a concrete evangelical ethics of responsibility and be introduced to a corresponding case study method.  

Saturday Morning Workshop , Nov. 13, 9:30 am– 12:30pm in Central’s Parish Hall


When the Ground Moves under Our Feet: Being Responsible in Extraordinary Situations Click here for video.

In this lecture we will explore what it means to be responsible in extraordinary situations, when the ethical ground is moving under our feet. Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the resistance and eventually in a conspiracy against Hitler and the Nazis will serve as a case study for us.

Saturday Night Lecture, Nov. 13, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church


What Does It Mean to Tell the Truth? Click here for video. Click here for Handout

Bonhoeffer asserts the provocative thesis that telling the truth is something that must be learned and that some people are incapable of telling the truth because they lack a firm enough grasp of reality.

Sunday Morning Adult Education Forum, Sunday, Nov. 14, 9:45 am, Central Lutheran Church 


Chi Rho Series Lectures are free and open to all, but a free will contribution is welcome.

Wolfgang Rübsam Concert

Bach on the Brombaugh

An Organ Concert by Wolfgang Rübsam

Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Central Lutheran Church, 18th Avenue and Potter Street, Eugene, OR
Vaccination cards, Masks and social distancing required for in person attendance

Program will be live-streamed at ConnectToCentral.org.


Program:
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sonata No. 1  E-flat Major. BWV 525
Partite diverse sopra “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig” BWV 768
Prelude and Fugue in C Minor. BWV 546
Choraleprelude: Schmücke Dich o liebe Seele, BWV654
Passacaglia c minor BWV 582

No Admission charge

Program will be live-streamed at ConnectToCentral.org. Program, vitae also on line.
Co-sponsored with the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance
Mr. Rübsam is the John Hamilton visiting Professor/lecturer with Julia Brown for 2021.  Additional programs available at the School of Music and Dance, University of Oregon between October 11-15.

Wolfgang Rübsam is internationally known for his over 100 highly acclaimed organ repertoire recordings of baroque and romantic literature, as well as for his Naxos Bach recordings on the modern piano. Since 2017 he has also made many recordings on the “Lautenwerk,” a special harpsichord with gut strings without dampers, an instrument that Johann Sebastian Bach loved very much because of its cantabile character.
When Wolfgang Rübsam won the Grand Prix de Chartres in interpretation in 1973, he became professor of church music and organ at Northwestern University in Chicago / Evanston, Illinois. During his 23-year tenure, he was also university organist at the University of Chicago for the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. In the 14 years following, he taught at the University of Music in Saarbrücken Germany. Rubsam has given numerous concerts and master classes in the USA and in Europe, as well as serving on juries for the most renowned international organ competitions.

The 2019 Chi Rho Lectures

Beverly Roberts Gaventa

 


 

Listening to a Pauline Letter (Romans in Particular)

Listening or reading a Pauline letter can be a challenge. How were the letters put together and who was Paul’s audience in Rome? Friday, Nov. 1, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter Street

Romans: It’s About God

The central feature of Romans is what God has done, is doing, and

will do. What is Paul’s concern with power, welcome, trust, and praise?

Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Northwest Christian University, Library, Rm 203, 1188 Kincaid

Romans: The Gospel for Jew and Greek (And What About Us)

Paul says that the gospel was written for Jew and Greek alike. How do Paul’s words speak to our current crises around human difference? Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church

Romans: Christian Hospitality in a World of Difference

Paul writes “Welcome one another,” but this can be difficult where there are deeply held differences of judgment. What might we learn from Paul about Christian hospitality?
Sunday, Nov. 3, 9:45 am, Adult Education Hour, Central Lutheran Church

This Sunday at Central

During the Covid-19 virus emergency, as of November 29th, an on-site worship services will be held on Sundays at 9 AM.  Since numbers are limited, to attend, please go to THIS SITE to register or see the current worship schedule. All other public events at Central have been canceled until further notice unless cleared by the church office.  Please join us for worship via our live stream or audio and video podcasts. You can connect with these from our home page using the colored tiles on that page.

Ronald Heine 2018 Chi Rho Lecturer

The 2018 Chi Rho Lectures 

You can listen to each lecture by clicking on the link.

Lecture 1: The Unity of Scripture: What It Means and Why It Matters  – Friday Evening, Nov. 9, 2018             
  Q and A for Lecture 1

Lecture 2: Reading the Exodus Story as a Symbol of Salvation – Saturday Morning, Nov. 10, 2018
Q and A for Lecture 2

Lecture 3: The Christological Reading of the Prophets – Saturday Morning, Nov. 10. 2018
 Q and A for Lecture 3

Lecture 4: Origen on Scripture and the Life of Discipleship – Saturday Evening, Nov. 10, 2018
 Q and A for Lecture 4

Lecture 5: Early Christian Interpretations of the Psalms – Sunday Morning, Nov. 11, 2018
Q and A for Lecture 5

Monday Book Club

Book Club Meetings   2020 – 2021

7:00 PM – Zoom – 2nd Monday of the Month

Everyone is welcome.  Please join us whether you have read the book or not. The book club will be meeting via ZOOM until the virus emergency is over. For more information on being included in the Zoom meetings, contact Betsy Berg.

2017 Chi Rho Lectures Now Available Here

 

KURT K. HENDEL
Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor Emeritus 
of Reformation History
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Dr. Kurt Hendel of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago was the 2017 Chi Rho speaker.  A renowned reformation scholar, Dr. Hendel will provide prospective on this 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.  Below you will find links to recordings of Dr. Hendel’s lectures along with his handouts for downloading.

 

Spiritual Reform – Martin Luther: Person of Faith Friday, Oct. 27, 7:30 pm
Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter Street, Eugene

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Click here to see his outline.


Ethical Reform – Martin Luther: Faith Active in Love
Saturday, Oct. 28, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Northwest Christian University, Library, Rm 203, 1188 Kincaid, Eugene

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Click here to listen to the follow-up questions.

Click here to see his outline.


Theological Reform – Martin Luther: The Hidden and Revealed God
and the Church’s Mission

Saturday, Oct. 28, 7:30 pm

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Click here to see his outline.


Luther on Marriage and Family
Sunday, Oct. 29, 9:45 am
Central Lutheran Church, Adult Education hour

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Click here to see his outline.