This week I received an email which contained a noteworthy paragraph… I’ve added some links to it, but otherwise I will simply quote it for you:

I’d encourage you to mark Monday November 6 on your calendars, as that night one of this continent’s most influential (and engaging, cantankerous, and witty) theologians will be speaking at St Margaret’s Church on the corner of Westminster and Ethelbert. Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University Divinity School, and in 2001 was named “America’s Best Theologian” by Time magazine. His book A community of character: Toward a constructive Christian social ethic has been cited as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the 20th century. The working title of the lecture (which starts at 7:00pm) is “Why North Americans are afraid to die.”

And on the subject of upcoming events that take place in churches (and those are the only similarities), I picked up my copy of The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others this week, and as I flipped through it, I found a playbill from last summer, together with a ticket stub for the show… I’d been using them as bookmarks, but both came from the show Pentecostal, Wisconsin, which I reviewed last year as well. Wondering what Ryan Paulson, the genius behind this one-man show, was up to, I visited his site, and found out that he’s performing it on Friday, September 29th at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church here in Winnipeg. Cool. I also noted that Ryan has a blog as well as some video clips of the show.

Now, this show is clearly recommended for those who are able to see the humourous side of becoming disillusioned with the Pentecostal chuch one grew up in. You must not be afraid to laugh, nor get offended when he demonstrates what speaking in tongues looks and sounds like. That said, I do recommend the show, and hope I’ll be able to take it in.

And on the subject of events not taking place in a church building, how about the book launch party for Jesus Has left the Building by Paul Vieira? Thursday September 21st from 7:00-9:00 at the Academy Bar & Eatery (414 Academy in Winnipeg)… come and go as you please. It’s been a busy week, but it looks like I should be able to take it in. Tunes, book signing, and general visitation anticipated.

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