Seminar on Christian Biographies
This summer’s Christian Biography series, led by Dan Moulton, will explore the lives and works of four people who share two things in common: a yearning to express their Christian faith in creative works of art, and legacies that were almost forgotten in history.
In Monday, August 8th, we will discuss Hildegard of Bingen, a remarkable 12th century woman who would stand out in any era. Hildegard was a visionary mystic who was accomplished in many fields of endeavor. A composer, playwright, poet, art director, medicinal herbalist, theologian and more, she would have stood out in any era. We will discuss her life and visions, then take time to reflect upon her works and create a simple artistic expression of our own spirituality.
On Wednesday, August 10th, we will explore the life of Johann Sebastian Bach. Sometimes referred to as “The Fifth Evangelist”, J.S.Bach created music that pro-claims the Gospel and lifts souls soaring in worship. But Bach’s personal faith has been somewhat enigmatic. In this seminar, we will discuss his life and past debates regarding the depth of his faith. We will also reflect briefly on examples of his liturgical compositions and discuss the meaning of music in our own faith-lives.
On Monday, August 15th, we will introduce Lilias Trotter. Lilias Trotter was an English painter of immense potential who chose to forgo a life of fame to serve Christ asa missionary in North Africa. Hers is a fascinating story, which will convince you that, although she never visited theUnited States, she would have been at home in the Lakeside tradition. In this seminar, we will discuss her life’s journey and reflect on her art and devotional writing.
On Wednesday, August 17th, we will explore the life of Henry O. Tanner, an American born realist painter who once said, “I will preach with my brush.” The son of a minister and a former slave, Tanner’s inner faith poured out into works of art that reveal the human dignity present in Bible stories and everyday life. Tanner We will discuss his complex, fascinating life and reflect upon some of his most significant works of art.
Dan Moulton was raised on the Marblehead Peninsula and retired here with his wife, Dia, in 2018. Prior to retirement, Dan spent 39 years in Michigan where he worked in various engineering positions at General Motors. In addition to degrees in Physics/Math from Heidelberg College and Engineering from The Ohio State University, Dan studied business at the University of Michigan and holds a graduate Diploma in Christian Studies from Ashland Theological Seminary. He enjoys adult teaching and has particular interests in Historical Theology and the intersection of Science and Religion.