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SHAKESPEARE’S TRAGIC VISION:Religious Perspectives in King Lear, 4 part Ad Ed

SHAKESPEARE’S TRAGIC VISION:Religious Perspectives in King Lear with REV. DAVID ROBB. Among all of Shakespeare’s several mature tragedies King Lear is the one that seems to speak most forcefully to the modern experience. Focusing on this dramatic work, this brief series will explore the significance of the tragic vision to religious imagination, how Shakespeare altered the classical rules of tragedy to fit a culture shaped by Christian doctrines and values, and what it is about tragedy that speaks so profoundly to the human condition. Though King Lear cannot be said to be a “religious” drama per se, it may be Shakespeare’s most theological exploration, and one that raises the religious questions forcefully without leaving us with a clear resolution.
April 15:    King Lear  Act 1
April 22:   King Lear  Acts 2 and 3
April 29:   King Lear  Acts 4 and 5

Coming in May: Shakespeare’s Comic Vision: Religious Perspectives in Much Ado About Nothing

Please note there is a second program at 11:15 for which there is no Brainiacs RSVP (they're not Brainiacs events, not sure how many of them I will be staying for).. After the 11:15 program, there is coffee and cake social with the members of the Church. (Small donation is voluntary).

April 15


Co-sponsored with the All Souls Historical Society

Join us for this outstanding biographical film that explores the life, motivations, and accomplishments of former All Souls member Peter Cooper that first aired on PBS in 2011. The film traces his roots and explains why “he was the first person in the United States to really understand the Industrial Revolution and its implications.”
Discussion of the film will follow at 12:45 p.m. in the Minot Simons Room where a post-film open discussion will be followed by a brief mid-year meeting of the All Souls Historical Society. All are invited to attend and learn about the ongoing work of the Society as well as updates on new projects being undertaken.


How can we respond to the magic and mystery of life? How do we begin to acknowledge the wonder of our experiences of joy and sorrow, and the passage of time? Where can we go to encounter the Holy? We can stop, breathe, and contemplate; then we can act! In this conversation on spiritual practices, Mr. Gregoire will explore what it means to create sacred space, sanctuaries, in our homes, businesses and in the world. He will examine the important role of ritual as a daily, life-affirming practice. According to Professor Ronald Grimes of Yale University, rituals “re-create our connections to the natural world and the course of human history.” With that end in mind, Mr. Gregoire will explore key ideas and processes behind creating ritual and developing sacred spaces.

Daniel Gregoire, a member of All Souls, is currently completing a Master of Divinity degree this spring at Union Theological Seminary with an academic focus on Worship and the Arts. He is a sponsored UUA candidate for the ministry who has completed preliminary ministerial field work at the Community UU Church of New York and a Clinical Pastoral Education program with the Healthcare Chaplaincy of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital. At All Souls he is currently serving as a member of the Diversity Task Force, and is also a trustee-at-large of the UUA Metro-New York District Board of Directors. Mr. Gregoire was raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, a mill-city famous for shoe manufacturing and championship boxing



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  • Merv H.

    Rev. David Robb as always was on point. Intellectually challenging and yet understandable. I had my copy of King Lear along and he referred liberally to the lines in the first act as noted. I will be back.

    April 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting, very informative. knowledgeable speaker; will come again

    April 16, 2012

  • ScottW

    I will be easy to find, I will be standing up in the middle of the room, have on a Brainiac nametag, and i look a heck of a lot like my photo!

    April 12, 2012

  • ScottW

    yes i know it's Sunday and 10 am..but it's worth it, he is very good, he did an excellent adult ed on Emily Dickinson, on Socrates, and other topics

    April 12, 2012

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