Spring Lecture: Seculosity – An Evening with David Zahl at St. James Parish

Spring Lecture: Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What To Do About It

St. James Parish, located in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, is pleased to invite individuals of all faiths to attend, Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What To Do About It as presented by David Zahl. The event will take place on Tuesday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m. at St. James (25 S. 3rd Street) in the Great Hall.

According to Zahl, Americans may be going to church less, but we’re more religious than ever. At the heart of our current moment lies a universal yearning, writes Zahl, not to be happy or respected so much as enough—what religions call “righteous.” To fill the void left by religion, we look to all sorts of everyday activities—from eating and parenting to dating and voting—for the identity, purpose, and meaning once provided on Sunday morning. Seculosity takes a thoughtful yet entertaining tour of American “performancism.” Ultimately, Zahl brings us to a fresh appreciation for the grace of God in all its countercultural wonder.

David Zahl is the founder and director of Mockingbird Ministries, editor-in-chief of the popular Mockingbird website (www.mbird.com), and co-host of The Mockingcast. He and his family live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he also serves on the staff of Christ Episcopal Church. Zahl is the author of A Mess of Help: From the Crucified Soul of Rock N’ Roll and coauthor of Law and Gospel: A Theology for Sinners (and Saints). His most recent book, Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What To Do About It, appeared in 2019 from Fortress Press. This book will be available for purchase at the lecture and attendees will have the opportunity to have their books signed.

This presentation is part of the St. James Parish Lecture Series that brings a variety of guest speakers to the area to discuss important matters of faith, family, and community.

The event will be preceded by a welcome reception in the church’s Great Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Attending “Seculocity,” or any of the St. James Parish Lecture Series events, is free to the public and no registration is necessary.

For over 275 years, St. James has welcomed thousands of parishioners and provides ministry to those in need beyond the parish. Learn more by visiting our website, email us at communications@stjamesp.org, or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

Contact: St. James Parish at 910.763.1628

 

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