Wednesday Night Teaching Series

St. John’s offers a Wednesday night service, supper and teaching series at various times throughout the year.  A series is offered in October, and during Lent.  The Lenten series is always a different guest speaker each week, while the October and Advent series are usually a class taught by a priest or lay person on a particular subject.

Classes for children and youth are also offered at the same time, and a nursery is open for babies & toddlers.

All Wednesday night events begin with 5:30pm Eucharist, followed by supper at 6:00pm & the presentation from 6:30pm-7:30pm

Fall Wednesday Night Series (Sept. 26-Oct. 17)

War and Christian Ethics
Led by The Rev. Dr. Deonna Neal

This four-part lecture series will consider some issues surrounding war from a Christian ethics perspective.  The titles of the four lecture series are listed below:

Lecture 1 (Sep 26):  Christianity and the Just War Tradition: An Overview
Lecture 2 (Oct 3) :   21st Century Military Technologies:  A Christian Ethics Perspective
Lecture 3 (Oct 10):  Nationalism and the Christian Conscience:  Some Considerations
Lecture 4 (Oct 17):  The Grief and Costs of War:  Moral Injury and Healing

Some key questions that will be addressed are:  How can war be undertaken in accordance with the Gospel mandate to love and serve the neighbor?  How do cyberwarfare, autonomous weapons, and human enhancement impact the ethics of warfighting? On what moral grounds might a Christian resign from military service?  What spiritual and sacramental resources are available to help Christian service members heal from the tragedy of war?

(Speaker Bio): Dr. Neal is a priest associate at St. John’s Episcopal Church and holds a PhD in Christian Ethics from the University of Notre Dame, an M.Phil. in Political Theology/Just War from the University of Oxford, and an M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary.  She is also an Air Force veteran and USAF Academy Graduate. Dr. Neal currently serves as an Associate Professor of Leadership, Ethics, and the Profession of Arms at Air University and teaches and lectures at Squadron Officer College, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, the Senior NCO Academy, and the Air Force Chaplain Corps College.