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Chesterton House

A Center for Christian Studies at Cornell

Past Events at Chesterton House

Jubilee Conference

Friday, Feb 17, 2017

11:00 am to 9:00 pm

Pittsburgh, PA
Conference

“There is not one square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” ― Abraham Kuyper

The Jubilee Conference is about living faithfully in every area of life. For over 40 years, thousands of college students have been invited to Pittsburgh to talk, learn, think, and dream about the public implications of their personal transformation. Whether you’re interested in engineering and science or art and music, law and politics or medicine and mission, justice and families or college life and the years to come, Jubilee will have someone speaking about what it means to be involved in those places faithfully.

Chesterton House will be organizing a trip to Jubilee this February!

Jubilee takes place February 17-19, 2017. Follow this link to learn more: http://www.jubileeconference.com/

The Jubilee Conference is part of the mission of the Coalition for Christian Outreach.

Wisdom & Worldview in Proverbs - Class 3

Spring 2017 Course

Monday, Feb 13, 2017

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

314 Anabel Taylor Hall
Class

Taught by Chesterton House Senior Scholar, Dr. Ryan O'Dowd:

This course is founded on the assumption that people who lived almost three millennia ago are enough like us that their wisdom writings have value for us today.  We seek, therefore, not only to understand their writings but to find modern relevance for their ideas about the good life, death, faith, education and knowledge, value, desire, culture, vocation, selfhood, suffering, politics, ethics, and law.

personally tailored research plans for exploring their gifts and sense of calling and then complete their plans alongside their progress through course readings and lectures.

Click here to learn more information and how to register.

An Evening of Blues and Jazz - Out of the Garden: Sounds, Words, and Images of Lament, Justice, Mercy & Hope

Ruth Naomi Floyd

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Statler Auditorium - Cornell University
Partner Event, Public Lecture
The Garden.  The Garden of Gethsemane.  Where Jesus was betrayed. Where he wept, abandoned and alone.  Where he agonized in prayer through blood, sweat, and tears.  Ruth Naomi Floyd will take us to the Garden to be with Jesus.  With images, spoken word, and the rhythms and harmonies of gospel, blues, and jazz, she will draw us into lament to cry out for justice and mercy, and ultimately to hope.  Her powerful vocal artistry concert will be accompanied by some of her haunting and stunning photographic studies.  Join us as Ruth Naomi Floyd takes us to the Garden, to our suffering Jesus, and to hope.
 
Pianist - Aaron Graves
Special Guest on Sax - Joe Salzano
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RUTH NAOMI FLOYD is a gifted vocalist-composer who has been at forefront of creating vocal jazz settings that express Christian theology for over 17 years. As a leader, she has released several highly acclaimed recordings. Blessed with a soaring mezzo-soprano voice, critics have praised Ms. Floyd's music for its distinctive sound of progressive ensemble jazz that is seamlessly blended with explicit Biblical messages of unwavering faith in God.
 
Ruth Naomi Floyd leads her own multi-faceted ensemble and her recordings consist primarily of original compositions. Her association as the co-founder of Contour Records ® affords her complete artistic freedom to record her own works and collaborate with a diverse range of musicians.
 
Ms. Floyd has recorded and/or performed with such notable instrumentalists as James Newton, Gary Thomas, James Weidman, Jay Hoggard, Bryan Carrott, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ralph Peterson, Jr., Uri Caine, Charles Fambrough, Julian Joseph, Craig Handy, Reggie Washington, Matthew Parrish, Mark Prince, Ed Howard, Tyrone Brown, John Patitucci, Byron Landrum, T.K. Blue, Bobby Zankel and Greg Tardy.
 
Ruth Naomi Floyd, is the daughter of urban missionaries. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From a child she embraced the Christian faith and its immense body of music served as a constant influence and vital part of her life. She began to develop and share her musical talents as a young child by singing in church choirs and studying piano, flute and bassoon.
 
 
"Jazz may be the optimum creative form for proclaiming the unchanging Truth of God’s
Word. Floyd’s jazz speaks to our edgy, multiethnic, postmodern world." - Dr. John Nunes
 
Check out Ms. Floyd's latest record here.
 
In partnership with:
Christian Union
Cornell United Religious Work
New Life Presbyterian Church
Bethel Grove Bible Church
Bread of Life Anglican Church
Christ Chapel
First Chinese Christian Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Vineyard Church

The Beauty and Danger of Art

A Conversation with Ruth Naomi Floyd

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017

11:00 am

Cook House Dining
Discussion Group

“‘Out of this World?’ Why the Arts Matter to Faith”

Jeremy Begbie, Duke Divinity School

Friday, Feb 10, 2017

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Statler Hall Auditorium
Partner Event, Public Lecture

Livestream Jeremy Begbie Lecture

Why do the arts matter so much to people of religious faith? It is often assumed that the arts are mainly concerned with pulling us out of this world of space and time into some completely different, supposedly superior world, and that this is why they are so appealing to people of faith.

Prof. Jeremy Begbie will challenge this view. The arts are crucial to faith - especially Judeo-Christian faith - because they immerse us in this world in a way that is bodily rooted, emotionally engaged, and socially uniting. And as such, they remind us that there is always more to this world than we can ever grasp, and that this world can (and will) be re-made.

The lecture will be illustrated extensively with Begbie's performance at the piano.

RSVP and share/ invite others on Facebook!

In partnership with:
Christian Union
New Life Presbyterian Church
Bethel Grove Bible Church
Bread of Life Anglican Church
Christ Chapel
First Chinese Christian Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Vineyard Church

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Jeremy Begbie is Thomas A. Langford Research Professor in Theology at Duke Divinity School. He is also Senior Member at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. He is Founding Director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, one of the main aims of which is to foster theological-artistic links between Duke and Cambridge. Prior to his present appointment, he held a personal chair at the University of St Andrews and was Associate Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge.

Educated largely in Scotland, before studying theology at Aberdeen and Cambridge, he read music and philosophy at Edinburgh University. Holding piano performing and teaching qualifications, he is also an oboist, and was recently made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music.

He has published extensively, his particular interest being the interplay between the arts and theology, bringing to light the different ways they can illuminate and benefit each other. His books include Theology, Music and Time (CUP), Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Baker), and Music, Modernity, and God (OUP). He tours widely as a speaker, specializing in multimedia performance-lectures. Recent engagements have included preaching, speaking and performing in universities and churches in North America, Hong Kong and Australia.

“Harmony: Music and Peace-Building”

A Conversation with Dr. Jeremy Begbie

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017

5:00 pm

Common Room that is connected to Rose House dining
Discussion Group

Attention to various senses and types of musical harmony can do much to illuminate and clarify different conceptions of peace and peace-building already in use, as well as generate fresh and perhaps neglected ways of conceiving them and practicing peacemaking in the future.

Wisdom & Worldview in Proverbs - Class 2

Spring 2017 Course

Monday, Feb 6, 2017

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

314 Anabel Taylor Hall
Class

Taught by Chesterton House Senior Scholar, Dr. Ryan O'Dowd:

This course is founded on the assumption that people who lived almost three millennia ago are enough like us that their wisdom writings have value for us today.  We seek, therefore, not only to understand their writings but to find modern relevance for their ideas about the good life, death, faith, education and knowledge, value, desire, culture, vocation, selfhood, suffering, politics, ethics, and law.

personally tailored research plans for exploring their gifts and sense of calling and then complete their plans alongside their progress through course readings and lectures.

Click here to learn more information and how to register.

Wisdom & Worldview in Proverbs - Class 1

Spring 2017 Course

Monday, Jan 30, 2017

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

314 Anabel Taylor Hall
Class

Taught by Chesterton House Senior Scholar, Dr. Ryan O'Dowd:

This course is founded on the assumption that people who lived almost three millennia ago are enough like us that their wisdom writings have value for us today.  We seek, therefore, not only to understand their writings but to find modern relevance for their ideas about the good life, death, faith, education and knowledge, value, desire, culture, vocation, selfhood, suffering, politics, ethics, and law.

personally tailored research plans for exploring their gifts and sense of calling and then complete their plans alongside their progress through course readings and lectures.

Click here to learn more information and how to register.

Can I Smoke Pot?

Conversation with Tom Breedan

Friday, Jan 27, 2017

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Chesterton House 115 The Knoll
Discussion Group, Public Lecture

Chances are, you or someone you know has asked this very question. The problem is, the Bible never mentions marijuana. Drawing from his book, Tom Breedan will discuss how scripture can still help people make wise and God-honoring desicions about marijuana use. 

Tom Breeden received an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. and is licensed in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He serves as the Pastoral Intern at Grace Community Church in Charlottesville, VA and is here in Ithaca preaching at New Life Presbyterian Church.

An Evening of Poetry and Tea

Monday, Nov 28, 2016

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Chesterton House 115 The Knoll
Discussion Group

Due to popular demand we are having another night of sharing verse and imbibing hot liquids. Bring your favorite poets, or better yet, your original works, and prepare to experience the magic of the written, spoken word. Come back from Thanksgiving break and warm your hearts and your throats with us on a chilly November night. 

Hope you can make it!

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