The Syrian refugee crisis, sustainable living in Florida, physical healing through music, the role of the Virgin Mary in shaping Renaissance Florence: these bold and intriguing topics will be covered during St. Gregory’s 2016 Lecture Series, and you can attend all four of the outstanding lectures for free.

This year’s series brings back Dr. Robert Rabil, Professor of Middle East Studies at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), who will discuss the current political situation in Syria, the challenges of refugee resettlement, and how we can respond effectively. Rabil’s lecture, which kicks off the series on Thursday, January 28, addresses one of today’s most pressing international topics. Responding to the lecture will be Dr. Noemi Marin, Professor of Political Communication at FAU, Dr. Bassem Alhalabi, Professor of Engineering at FAU and a Syrian-American, and our rector, Fr. Andrew Sherman.

The 2016 Lecture Series

The series continues with a joint lecture on February 22 from Ruth Cunningham, a classically trained musician and sound healing practitioner, and Tim Brumfield, our Director of Music Ministry. This lecture will combine words and sounds to understand and experience the soul-transforming power of music. On March 17, Dr. Emily Fenichel, Assistant Professor at FAU, will guide listeners in a history of the Virgin Mary’s importance in Renaissance Florence, a city that claimed her as a protector and built a cathedral in her honor.

The series culminates on April 12 with an in-depth look at sustainability in Florida, specifically in terms trash and recycling, from Dawn McCormick, Director of Communications and Community Relations for Waste Management, Inc. of Florida, and Becky Haltermon, Education Specialist with the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County. Together they will share their insight into waste disposal, recycling, and renewable energy in Florida.

St. Gregory’s seeks to provide a welcoming space for the community to discuss issues of faith and spirituality. We see our Lecture Series as a “front porch” for discussion, learning, and growth.

All lectures begin at 7 p.m. and take place in Harris Hall at St. Gregory’s. These free lectures are open to the public and include a reception. For complete details on lectures and speakers, visit our Lecture Series page, call the church office at 561.395.8285, or pick up a brochure in the sanctuary or the church office.