Theology through the Arts at Trinity this January

Noted theologian and artist, Dr. Jeremy Begbie, will be visiting Trinity School for Ministry January 20-21. The Founding Director of Duke University's Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, Dr. Begbie also served as the associate principal of the Anglican theological college of Ridley Hall, Cambridge.

"Jeremy Begbie is a musician/theologian par excellence.  Whatever music you enjoy and wherever you are on the journey of faith and understanding, he will delight, surprise, challenge, and inspire you," said Bishop and theologian N.T. Wright.

Dr. Mark Stevenson, Trinity's director of extension ministries, arranged for Dr. Begbie's visit.  Making gospel connections between the Christian faith and the arts is "vital, but hard," he explained.  "It is incredibly powerful when done well.  As Christians, we are telling the Gospel story, the great narrative.  The arts if they can be used in telling that story can be profoundly effective.  What this will do is give people a sense of how art helps us understand and tell that story," he continued.

"The arts are showing us again and again the possibilities of transformation...they can show us how things could be," said Dr. Begbie.

Dr. Begbie will offer a free recital and lecture at Trinity the evening of January 20 a seminar on January 21 for W. David O. Taylor's class, The beauty of Holiness: Art in Service of Anglican Worship and Mission (ST 725/825) and then a free evening program at Church of the Ascension in Oakland, also on January 21.

For more information about Dr. Begbie's visit and Trinity's intensive course offerings this coming January, visit http://www.tsm.edu/Academics/Intensives.html.  For a teaching video of Dr. Begbie, visit here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlR3bOsoAdA.