Medieval Images of Virgin Mary: the Queen, the Bride, the Mother

Event details

  • Sunday | November 1, 2015
  • 10:00 am
  • St. Paul's Dining Room

The theme of spirituality continues this month in the Adult Forum. Please join us at 10 a.m. in the Dining Room for these programs in November. All are welcome!

Sunday, November 1
“Medieval Images of Virgin Mary: the Queen, the Bride, the Mother,” led by Dr. Elina Gertsman, Associate Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University.

978-0-271-06401-7mdProfessor Gertsman’s most recent book Worlds Within: Opening the Medieval Shrine Madonna, focuses on the Shrine Madonnas, or Vierges ouvrantes, sculptures which conceal within their bodies complex carved and/or painted iconographies. The Shrine Madonna emerged in Europe at the end of the 1200s, and reached a peak of popularity during the following three centuries. Come hear about how the appearance of these objects points to the changing roles of vision and sensation in the complex performative ways the audiences were expected to engage with devotional art, both in public and in private.

Sunday November 8
“Joy: A Spirituality of Pope Francis,” led by Dr. Natalie Kertes Weaver, Professor of Religious Studies at Ursuline College.

FrancisPope Francis has the “it” factor that has everyone talking. His public humility, challenging and timely encyclicals, daring comments with the press, and media presence have given a refreshing new face to the papacy. Taking his cues from St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis has turned dialogue in the Catholic Church to critical challenges of our day, including a renewed focus on poverty, environmental well-being, family life, and core human dignity. At the root of his spirituality is a fundamental joy of Christian life, especially as it is experienced and celebrated at the grassroots level. This talk will explore Pope Francis’ spirituality of joy in light of his two key encyclicals: Evangelii Gaudium and Laudato Si.