January Forum

One New Humanity:
The Responsibilities of Epiphany

By David Romanik

The season after the Epiphany is a time in the Church year that resists easy characterization. Most of the other liturgical seasons can be described with a word or two: Advent is about “preparation,” Lent is about “penitence,” Easter is about “resurrection,” and the season after Pentecost is about “discipleship.” The season after Epiphany, on the other hand, celebrates the fact that God’s promises to Israel have been extended to the whole world through Jesus Christ. This season acknowledges that God has annulled our ancient rivalries and prejudices and, in the words of the letter to the Ephesians, created “one new humanity.” Perhaps this is the reason that Epiphany is so hard to summarize. While one can (dubiously) claim that the other seasons of the Church year are about individual piety, the season after the Epiphany remains stubbornly communal. It is a time when we are called to reflect on the ways we are connected not just to the members of our family or our tribe, but to everyone with whom we share this life, including those of succeeding generations. During January and February, our Adult Forums will explore this dynamic and consider the ways we can be responsible to one another.

January 6
That’s What Epiphany is All About, Charlie Brown:
Epiphany and Christian Responsibility

Join David Romanik as he discusses the theological and liturgical significance of the Epiphany and considers how it ought to shape our experience of the world.

January 20
Environmental Changes

This Sunday, we will consider our connection and responsibility to succeeding generations by hearing about the changes in our environment. Redeemer parishioner Karl Schoettle has served as chair of the Environmental Committee of the Graphic Arts Association and chair of the Environmental Conservation Board in Washington. Join Karl as he discusses what is real, what is speculative, what we should do, and why the Church should be involved.

Karl has spent nearly 50 years in the printing and packaging industries. He learned the value of paper recycling from an early age and has been a life-long student and teacher of environmental affairs. While president of several packaging and printing companies, he served as chairman of the Environmental Committee of the Graphic Arts Association and chairman of the Environmental Conservation Board in Washington.

Karl was confirmed and served as head acolyte here at the Church of The Redeemer. Karl lived in Dedham, Massachusetts with his family for 20 years, where he served as rector’s warden at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, treasurer at the Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, Ma., and organized church and civic environmental groups.  

January 27
The Sabbath Was Made for People

During Epiphany, we are exploring the responsibilities of Epiphany: the ways to acknowledge that God has created “one new humanity” in Jesus Christ. This Sunday, we will consider how keeping the sabbath benefits the people around us. Join David Romanik as he discusses the discipline of sabbath and how it reorients our perspective on the world.

Last Published: January 24, 2019 8:46 AM