Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, a Reform congregation located at 131 Remsen Street (between Clinton and Henry) and Grace Church (Episcopal), at 254 Hicks Street (corner of Grace Court, between Joralemon and Remsen) will present their twelfth annual Interfaith Scholar-in-Residence Weekend Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17. This year’s resident scholar and speaker will be Dr. Lawrence A. Hoffman, Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship and Ritual at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion.
The Weekend will begin on Friday, May 15 with the 6:30 P.M. Shabbat service at the Synagogue, at which Dr. Hoffman will speak on “The Anxious Search for Meaning: A New Way that Religion Matters.” On Saturday, May 16, beginning at 1:00 P.M. there will be a luncheon and lecture, with time for discussion afterwards, at Grace Church. The topic of Dr. Hoffman’s lecture is “Lord’s Prayer and Kaddish, Eucharist and Haggadah: Symbols of Salvation that Jews and Christians Share.” (Following the lecture, it’s a short walk to the Willowtown Spring Fair.) The final event of the Weekend will be the Sunday Morning Prayer service at Grace, beginning at 10:30, at which Dr. Hoffman will deliver the homily, “Biblical Spirituality for Modern Souls: From Genesis to Deuteronomy–The Shape of a Human Life.” Following the service there will be a coffee hour with light refreshments.
All of these events, including the luncheon, are free and all are welcome to attend and participate. If you want to attend the luncheon, RSVP by calling the Grace Church office, 718-624-1850.