CRANBURY — The Reverend Dr. Gordon Graham will give the first in a series of talks on “The Celtic Saints,” at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Cranbury, at 8:50 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16.
As Dr. Graham explains, St David’s is named for the patron saint of Wales, “One of a number of iconic figures from ancient Ireland, Scotland and Wales, in a time when Celtic Christianity was at its most vibrant. Although relatively little is known about many of these figures, they have proved to have powerful appeal and to illuminate the meaning of Christian discipleship in important ways.”
On four Sundays in January and February, Dr. Graham will give a brief account of the lives of some of the best known of the “Celtic Saints,” with a reflection on the spiritual lessons that might be drawn from those lives. The topic on Jan. 16 is, “St Columba, Irish missionary to Scotland,” followed on Jan. 30 by “St Brigid, ‘Mother Abbot’ of Kildare”, “St Patrick, Patron saint of Ireland” on Feb. 13, and “St David, Patron Saint of Wales” on Feb. 27.
A resident of Princeton, Dr. Graham is Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at Princeton Theological Seminary and has been an associate priest at St David’s since September 2009. He is the author of several books on a wide variety of subjects in philosophy, ethics, politics, art and religion, including “Evil and Christian Ethics” (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and “The Re-enchantment of the World: Art versus Religion” (Oxford University Press, 2007).
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