Bach's Reading of the Saint John Passion: a Jewish-Christian Conversation
Apr
14
12:00 pm12:00

Bach's Reading of the Saint John Passion: a Jewish-Christian Conversation

A panel discussion with Pastor Amandus J. Derr, Senior Pastor of Saint Peter's Church; Rabbi Peter Rubenstein, a leader in interfaith relationships and Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Central Synagogue; and Professor Christoph Wolff, the world's foremost Bach scholar, director of the Bach Archive (Leipzig), and Professor Emeritus at Harvard University.

At about 12:40 there will be a brief rehearsal of the chorals.

An Irenic Reading of the Passion: Saint John and the Life-Giving Cross
Apr
5
7:00 pm19:00

An Irenic Reading of the Passion: Saint John and the Life-Giving Cross

Certainly Saint John's view of the cross is not something to be dreaded -- not defeat or shame -- but something which shows forth God's glory. Throughout the narrative Jesus is driven to go to the cross and proclaim "It is finished." Yet Saint John's phrase, "the Jews," has been used to smear jewish people with the guilt of crucifixion and used to fuel all sorts of anti-semitism.

In this session we will take John's proposition about the cross as he intends it, and look at the ways in which the glory of the cross becomes nothing other than the tree of life.

Presented by Professor Gordon Lathrop, Pastor Jared R. Stahler, and Cantor Bálint Karosi.

Join us before the Study at 6:00 p.m. for Vespers/Evening Prayer.

The Rev. Dr. Gordon W. Lathrop is among the world's foremost liturgical theologians. He is Charles A. Schieren Professor of Liturgy emeritus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Among his principal publications are Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology, Holy People: A Liturgical Ecclesiology, and Holy Ground: A Liturgical Cosmology. His forthcoming volume, Saving Images: On the Bible and Christian Liturgy, is to be published by Augsburg Fortress this coming summer.

Cantor Bálint Karosi serves as cantor and director of music of Saint Peter's Church. Mr. Karosi is a recipient of numerous awards, including the First Prize in the Bach competition, Leipzig. He holds an artist diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in composition at Yale University.

Pastor Jared R. Stahler is Associate Pastor of Saint Peter's Church. He has a special interest in the intersection of arts and theology. Pastor Stahler holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

Suffering and the Saint John Passion from Latino/a Perspectives
Mar
29
7:00 pm19:00

Suffering and the Saint John Passion from Latino/a Perspectives

Presented by Pastor Juan Carlos Ruiz, Pastor Jared R. Stahler, and Cantor Bálint Karosi.

Join us before the Study at 6:00 p.m. for Vespers/Evening Prayer.

Cantor Bálint Karosi serves as cantor and director of music of Saint Peter's Church. Mr. Karosi is a recipient of numerous awards, including the First Prize in the Bach competition, Leipzig. He holds an artist diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in composition at Yale University.

Pastor Jared R. Stahler is Associate Pastor of Saint Peter's Church. He has a special interest in the intersection of arts and theology. Pastor Stahler holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

Misuses of "the Jews"
Mar
22
7:00 pm19:00

Misuses of "the Jews"

Presented by Professor William G. Rusch, Pastor Jared R. Stahler, and Cantor Bálint Karosi.

Join us before the Study at 6:00 p.m. for Vespers/Evening Prayer.

The Rev. Dr. William G. Rush is professor of Lutheran Studies at Yale Divinity School and Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford University. An historical theologian, Dr. Rush is an expert in patristic theology and ecumenical theology. He is a scholar of the church reformer, Martin Luther, and the churches of the reformation.

Cantor Bálint Karosi serves as cantor and director of music of Saint Peter's Church. Mr. Karosi is a recipient of numerous awards, including the First Prize in the Bach competition, Leipzig. He holds an artist diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in composition at Yale University.

Pastor Jared R. Stahler is Associate Pastor of Saint Peter's Church. He has a special interest in the intersection of arts and theology. Pastor Stahler holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

Writer, Reader and Character: Sympathetic, Ambivalent, Injurious
Mar
15
7:00 pm19:00

Writer, Reader and Character: Sympathetic, Ambivalent, Injurious

Like any good author, the writer of the Gospel according to Saint John incorporated rhetorical strategies in the work's narrative and dialogue between characters. Metaphor, duality, double-meaning, parallel, paradox and conditional statements are everywhere. 

We'll examine a unique character to this Gospel: Nicodemus, a leader among "the Jews" who variously creates confusion, helps lead to understanding/sensitivity, and sparks division. No other figure in this Gospel represents the human power to be constructive or destructive as does Nicodemus.

How exactly does Bach treat Nicodemus and these power dynamics? Come hear!

Presented by Seminarian Suzanne Campise,  
with Pastor Jared R. Stahler and Cantor Bálint Karosi.

Join us before the Study at 6:00 p.m. for Vespers/Evening Prayer.

Susan Campise is a seminarian studying at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and a seminary intern at Saint Peter's Church.

Cantor Bálint Karosi serves as cantor and director of music of Saint Peter's Church. Mr. Karosi is a recipient of numerous awards, including the First Prize in the Bach competition, Leipzig. He holds an artist diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in composition at Yale University.

Pastor Jared R. Stahler is Associate Pastor of Saint Peter's Church. He has a special interest in the intersection of arts and theology. Pastor Stahler holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music.

 

Unique Features of John's Passion: a Comparative Look
Mar
8
7:00 pm19:00

Unique Features of John's Passion: a Comparative Look

  • Saint Peter's Church

Aside from a few common characters (among them, Jesus), places and events (the Passion, for example), John's Gospel has very little relationship to the other three of the Bible's Gospels: Mark or Matthew or Luke. John's is a unique theological argument, one that is easily misunderstood and even more easily conflated with the other three Gospel writers with particularly disastrous/harmful results. 

This session explores some of the unique characteristics of Saint John's Gospel, with a particular emphasis on the Passion. We'll look at how some of the major theological themes, their social and religious perspectives and critiques, played out 2,000 years ago and might still be relevant today. And, since the emphasis of this series is Bach's Passion, we will examine Bach's own understanding of John's Gospel and how he paints that understanding in music. 

Presented by Pastor Amandus J. Derr
with Pastor Jared R. Stahler, and Cantor Bálint Karosi.

Join us before the Study at 6:00 p.m. for Vespers/Evening Prayer led by Betty Jackson.

Pastor Amandus J. Derr is Senior Pastor of Saint Peter's and works tirelessly for religious understanding and interfaith collaboration.

Cantor Bálint Karosi serves as cantor and director of music of Saint Peter's Church. Mr. Karosi is a recipient of numerous awards, including the First Prize in the Bach competition, Leipzig. He holds an artist diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and is a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in composition at Yale University.

Pastor Jared R. Stahler is Associate Pastor of Saint Peter's Church. He has a special interest in the intersection of arts and theology. Pastor Stahler holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music.