Recommended Events
in and around Birmingham

David Bains
Religion Department, Samford University




April 1-4

Holy Week
Easter Triduum / Pascha services

Maundy (or Holy) Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter/Pascha are the high festivals of the Christian Year.
Every student of Christianity should experience the liturgies of these days in a variety of Christian traditions.  Protestants, Catholics, and Orthodox Christians all observe Easter/Pascha on the same days this year.

In particular, let me recommend 2 things:
Outdoor Way-of-the-Cross processions such as that sponsored by various churches in Homewood beginning Friday, at 2:00 p.m. in Homewood Park.
Saturday Night Services these are the first celebrations of Easter and the most ancient.  In Catholic, Episcopal, and some other churches it is known as the Easter Vigil.  The service typically begins in early evening (7 to 8 o’clock) and lasts 2-3 hours.

In Orthodox churches the principal celebration of Easter (which they call Pascha) begins shortly before midnight.
Check with individual churches or their websites for service times.


April 6,

3:15 p.m.

Racial Integration at Samford

Religion Colloquium

Wayne Flynt
Auburn University
3:15 Reid Chapel


Friday, April 9 & Saturday, April 10

Lebanese Food & Cultural Festival

St. Elias Maronite Church

836 Eighth Street, Birmingham

10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

World Religions
and others

April 27, 2010

Reconceiving Church-State Issues with New Assists from the Founders”

Martin E. Marty

“On Not Privileging the Privileging of Religion: A clue from Montesuieu
10 a.m. Reid Chapel

“On the Difference Indifference Can Make: A clue from Franklin”

4 p.m. Moot Court Room, Robinson Hall

World Religions (will attend)
and others

April 28, 2010

“On Tracing Lines, Not Building Walls: A clue from Madison”

10:30 a.m. Hodges Chapel


And others


April 29, 2010

“How is Jesus Christ the Key to
Biblical Interpretation?”
Christian Faith and Critical Thought

Kenneth B.E. Roxburgh

3:30 p.m. Brock Forum

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