Summer Lecture Series: Keeping Time in Early Modern Europe


The University of Arizona Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies joins with St. Philip’s to present their annual summer lecture series, entitled “Keeping Time in Early Modern Europe.” In the transitional sixteenth century, European people reckoned the passage of time in various ways. Sometimes they combined two or more ways—but all were connected with their religious beliefs. The 2014 Summer Lecture Series will present four of these ways of measuring the passage of life: by the human life cycle, from birth through maturity to death; by the medieval Catholic ecclesiastical calendar, which was only initially taken into emerging Protestantism and then mainly rejected; by observations of the heavens, whether scientifically or from a belief in astrology; and through the eyes of Pope Gregory XIII (r. 1572-1585) and his advisors, who ended the Julian calendar in 1582.

Sunday, August 3
“Life’s ‘Strange Eventful History’: Navigating the Early Modern Life-Cycle”
Kristen Coan, M.A. student

Sunday, August 10
“How to Reform a Dragon: Church Calendars and Catholic Ritual in Protestant England”
Cory Davis, M.A. student

Sunday, August 17
“George Washington was Really Born on February 11!: The Disruption of the New Gregorian Calendar 1582”
Susan Karant-Nunn, Director, Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies, and Regents’ Professor of History

Sunday, August 24
“‘The Stars above us, Govern our Condition’: Seeking Signs of Order in Celestial Bodies in the Early Modern Period”
David Neufeld, Ph.D. student

This joint offering between the Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies and St. Philip’s is free and open to the public. These lectures provide a unique opportunity for scholars training in the field to prepare a project and present their work to a large audience at St. Philip’s, assisting these students in their graduate careers. The series includes an expert faculty member in the Division each year. The public is cordially invited to join us in supporting these future scholars of Reformation history.


Friends of Music Summer Concert: Jason Carder Jazz Trio

Friends of Music again presents their popular summer concert series of four concerts, kicking off with the Jason Carder Jazz Trio on Sunday, June 22, at 2 p.m. in the Church. Composed of three charismatic musicians — Jason Carder, Jeff Haskell, and Brice Winston — who have international reputations for their versatility, this trio offers a traditional but inventive approach to the American Songbook and Gospel Standards.   Jeff Haskell on keyboard is the harmonic engine behind the group. Brice Winston on saxophone and Jason Carder on trumpet both have their own unique styles of jazz, blues, and pop music. Each of these musicians has a distinguished history of recording and performing throughout the world. The trio format gives the three musicians unencumbered freedom to explore different textural devices and rhythmic avenues. This is a must-see group which, due to the touring demands of each, does not have the opportunity to perform in Tucson on a regular basis. Listen to them here.

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Concerts continue through September 7. For more information click here.

The suggested concert admission is $20 per person, or whatever can be afforded. Friends of Music provides support to the music program at St. Philip’s, through sponsoring concerts, special musical events, commissions, scholarships, and community outreach programs.

Forum Series: Viewing Catastrophe

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Dates: June 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27
Time: 10:15 a.m.
Room: East Gallery

This summer series of five forums looks at catastrophe from differing perspectives—  from Judaism to Christianity, with scientific response, atheism, and psychology entering the discussion in between.  One day, TV and newspapers detail a missing Malaysian airliner, another day they report on 9/11, devastating fires in Arizona, tornados in Arkansas.  We cannot help but stand in awe of the dreadful magnitude of these purposeful and natural events.


June 22:  What’s God Got to Do with It?  Rabbi Helen Cohn
June 29:  A Small Scientific Contribution, Dr. Ed Alexander
July 13:  Atheists’ Response to Natural Catastrophe, Dr. Julia Annas
July 20:  Psychological Responses, Dr. Sharon Nielsen
July 27:  One Priest’s Perspective, The Rev. Vicki Hesse

Please join moderator Harry Caldwell, PhD, for these insightful and provocative presentations. Spiritual Formation.