St. Gabriel's forum on 'finding hope' April 23
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church is offering a community forum entitled "Hope and Despair in These Times" on Sunday April 23.
The forum, which will be held in Marion's Music Hall at 164 Front Street, will be led by Prof. Barry O’Connell, professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College.
O'Connell will refer to the Gospel of Matthew as a basis for finding hope in our challenging cultural and national era. O'Connell describes his topic as follows:
"For us all despair is a temptation at times: when a child dies, or a young woman or man before his or her time, in the face of the cruelties of war, or when the problems of our nation appear beyond us, overwhelming. How do we, how can we, choose hope in response to grief and loss? Faith is always a miraculous choice, the great irrational leap, and the foundation of hope. I look forward to exploring these matters so at the heart of being human.”
This will be the fifth of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church’s collaborative community forums.