The Reverend H. Vann Knight, long-time Unitarian Universalist minister, is offering us a five week series in the study of the Tao Te Ching. The book consists of a brief introduction and 81 short paragraphs. Written like poetry, every line is packed with meaning. This is a course that asks a lot of its participants, but promises a great return on the time invested.Time/Dates: Saturday, January 18: 10:15am to noon Saturday, January 25: 10:15am to noon Saturday, February 1: 10:15am to noon Saturday, February 8: 10:15am to noon Saturday, February 15: 10:15am to noon Registration for this event is now closed. Contact Tiffany at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance.
Each of the five sessions would focus on 16 assigned paragraphs. Each week, each participant would select two of the assigned 16 paragraphs for close attention, writing a reflection of about half a page for each of their 2 selections. During class, each participant would be invited, but not required, to read their selected paragraphs and reflections. At the close of each class, the written reflections would be left with the discussion leader who would read and return them with comments.
Due to the nature of this course, participants should expect to spend about 2 hours per week in preparation.
You must purchase and read Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Tao Te Ching before the first class (here’s where you can buy it)
About our visiting instructor:
Reverend H. Vann Knight is a native of Alabama, having grown up there during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s.
He is a graduate of Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama and received his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. More recently, he completed all course work for the Doctor of Ministry degree at Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.
Reverend Knight has been a Parish Minister for over 35 years. His theological journey has given him experience in, and understanding of, conservative and liberal Christianity, as well as familiarity with eastern religions.
He and his wife, Linda Lee Knight, are duel citizens of the United States and Canada. From 1993 until 2001, Reverend Knight was Parish Minister of First Unitarian Church in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. From 2001 until his retirement in 2012, he was Parish Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn, in Swampscott, Massachusetts. He is now Minister Emeritus of that congregation.
Reverend Knight and Mrs. Knight are residents of New Brunswick Canada.