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Faith In Brooklyn for Jan. 10

January 10, 2018 By Francesca Norsen Tate, Religion Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
An aerial view of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church at Clinton and Montague streets. Eagle file photo by Francesca N. Tate
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Heights Synagogue and Church Present Joint Martin Luther King Day Services

The Brooklyn Heights Synagogue and First Presbyterian Church have again this year joined forces for a weekend of musical interfaith services and pulpit exchange to commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on what would have been his birthday.

Civil rights leader King, who was born on Jan. 15, 1929, was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968, just after giving a speech.

The first of these two services will be the Kabbalat Shabbat liturgy, Friday, Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m., at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue. The Rev. Adriene Thorne, pastor at First Presbyterian Church, will be the guest speaker. Then, on Sunday, Jan.14, BHS’ Rabbi Serge Lippe is the guest speaker at First Presbyterian Church’s 11 a.m. service. Each service will incorporate music, lessons and readings from the Jewish and Christian traditions. “We will seek new ways to model diversity, faith and inclusiveness in our worship and lives,” reads an announcement of the event.

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“We Are Pilgrims” Dialogue Takes People to the Mountaintop and the Via Dolorosa

“We Are Pilgrims” is the title of the ongoing Faith Formation Series at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church.

The Rev. Craig Townsend, the parish’s Associate for Faith Formation, invites participants to contemplate the idea, history and specificity of pilgrimage(s) with forums taking place at 10:15 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. (before and after the 11:15 a.m. Eucharist).

This Sunday’s forum is themed, “To the Mountaintop: The Pilgrimage of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” The Feb. 25 and March 11 forums are, respectively, “The Way of the Cross: Pilgrimage to Jerusalem” and “The Medieval Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.”

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Bas-relief Sculpture on Exhibit For Latest Forum @ St. Ann’s

Another longstanding series at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church is The Forum @ St. Ann’s, a showcase of art, performance and discussions. “Dialogues in Depth: Reliefs by Jolie Stahl and Jock Ireland,” an exhibition of bas-relief sculpture, will be on view at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church from Jan. 11 through Feb. 11.

Both artists refer to classical paintings as a basis for their work, using the paintings’ compositions and, at times, concepts, to shape their own art. Jolie Stahl’s interest is in a contemporary dialogue with age-old themes and Jock Ireland’s is in the formal and sensory interpretation of classical allegories. Interpretation of the chosen composition poses the challenge for both artists.

Jolie Stahl’s stoneware reliefs are based on such works as “The Expulsion” (Albrecht Dürer), “Judith with the Head of Holofernes” (Andreas Mantegna) and “Massacre of the Innocents” (Nicolas Poussin). Stahl believes that in troubling times the church can serve as a beacon and sanctuary for all, including the disenfranchised.

Jock Ireland has also been working with the narrative themes of classical paintings as a point of departure for his exploration into more formal and abstract themes. Ireland’s works his reliefs in clay before casting them in plaster. He states that “I can really feel the wholeness that comes from the flatness . . . and this abstract/formal stuff informs the content.”

The Forum @ St. Ann’s is the arts and culture program of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church. The Forum seeks to engage the wider community through civic discourse, music and the arts by presenting a variety of gatherings and events throughout the year.

“Dialogues in Depth: Reliefs by Jolie Stahl and Jock Ireland” is free and will be available for viewing Tuesday through Thursday, noon- 3 p.m. and on Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., or by arrangement. Contact [email protected] or 718-875-6960.


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