Practicing Heaven Here and Now: The Book of Revelation and a vision for life in our time (not the end time!)
Featuring the Very Rev. Dr. Michael Battle, Director of the Desmond Tutu Center in New York City
How do we practice heaven together? The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Battle contends the book of Revelation is a hopeful call for our own time to bring heaven on earth in beloved community—not merely a perilous vision of end times. Join our guest speaker as he connects our contemporary struggles with the ancient Book of Revelation and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Archbishop Desmond Tutu and others.
As St. George’s continues its ministry of welcome for all in a spirit of healing and reconciliation, we are excited to welcome the Rev. Battle as our Lenten weekend speaker in 2018. We hope his presentations will help us grow closer as neighbors who want to see God in each other and work together to make God’s dream a reality on earth.
The Rev. Dr. Battle is widely known in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The author of nine books, he was ordained by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1993. He currently is a professor and Director of the Desmond Tutu Center at General Theological Seminary in New York. His latest book (2017), “Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation,” contends that Revelation is a hopeful call to bring heaven on earth, not a frightening vision of the end times. Learn more about him at www.michaelbattle.com.
Schedule (session titles coming soon):
- The Rev. Deacon Ed Jones, Diocese of Virginia (Moderator)
- The Rev. Joe Hensley, Rector, St. George’s Episcopal Church
- The Rev. Aaron Dobynes, Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site)
- The Rev. Catherine Hicks, Rector, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Port Royal)
- The Rev. Elizabeth Dowdy: Chaplain, Mary Washington Hospital