Reflecting on the Divine in our Lives

Fri. March 20, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902


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Carrie Frederick Frost (Maternal Body: A Theology of Incarnation from the Christian East), Sonja Livingston (The Virgin of Prince Street: Expeditions into Devotion), and Vanessa Ochs (The Passover Haggadah: A Biography) discuss their explorations of religion, examining sacred texts, images, and traditions and how they inspire, transform, and perhaps unsettle our lives. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“In this book, Carrie Frederick Frost has undertaken an act of quiet, powerful courage. Mining the treasurers of Orthodoxy’s veneration of the Virgin Mary—its hymns, icons, and festal calendar—Frost seeks resources for theological reflection on the embodied experience of maternity. She follows Mary’s presence during the liturgical year though the sequence of conception, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and nursing. Drawing on her own experience as a mother of five, she explores the physical realities of motherhood—the maternal body—as a profoundly fruitful source for understanding incarnation, divine-human relationships, and creation as divinely blessed.” —Susan Ashbrook Harvery, Professor of Religion and Hisory, Brown University

“In these lyrical sojourns Sonja Livingston contemplates the riches of the Catholic tradition along with its ongoing tribulations. In doing so the essayist discovers that devotion in imperfect circumstances is, in fact, the only devotion ever possible and has the extraordinary capacity to transform the human heart. Livingston’s essays illuminate while infusing nuance and generosity into an increasingly polarized religious landscape.” —Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward

“Vanessa Ochs is the only person who could have written this engaging, feisty, and brilliant biography of the Haggadah. Here, she shows us not a staid or fixed text, but a text patinaed with wine, a book that both comforts and unsettles, that remembers and interprets and challenges. Ochs has done the remarkable: she has written a book about the Haggadah that is as delightful as the Haggadah itself.” —Lauren F. Winner, Duke Divinity School