At the Saint Luke's Discovery Hour Sunday, Dec. 8, the Rev. Paul Chandler will speak on the topic "Songs in Waiting: Learning from the Middle East" at 9 a.m. in the parish hall, 1864 Post Road, Darien.
Chandler will highlight themes from "Songs in Waiting," his book of spiritual meditations on the ancient Middle Eastern songs/canticles sung around the birth of Jesus. Capturing the essence of these songs, the inspirational paintings of artist Daniel Bonnell, which are woven throughout the book, will be exhibited during the talk via large four-color prints. Grounded in the original context of their Middle Eastern cultural settings, the talk, like the book, draws from the arts, visual and literary.
Chandler is an American Episcopal priest and interfaith advocate who grew up in Senegal, West Africa, and has lived and worked throughout the Islamic world with churches, religious publishing groups and relief and development agencies. His most recent role was serving as the rector for 10 years of St. John's Church in Cairo, Egypt.
He is also the founder of CARAVAN, and interfaith arts initiative that seeks to build bridges between East and West, and the creeds and cultures, through the arts.
For information, call 203-655-4067 or visit www.saintlukesdarien.org.