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Quit Smoking Charlottesville

Thursday, March 6th 2014 - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
at The Charlottesville Free Clinic
1138 Rose Hill Drive

A 12 week support group to help you quit smoking! It’s FREE and open to the public from March 6th through May 22nd.

Go to http://www.cvillefreeclinic.org/index.php/news/events-detail/quit-smoking-with-the-cfc1  for more details.

Carnival

Thursday, April 10th 2014 - 5:30 pm

Located at McIntire Park

April 11th – Pork BBQ – Fireworks – Dogwood Trees for sale

April 24th – Chicken in the Park

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Dogwood Garden Club Flower Show

Thursday, April 24th 2014 - 1:00 am - 4:00 am
at Virginia Department of Forestry Building
900 Natural Resources Drive

The Dogwood Garden Club is having a flower show on Thursday, April 24 in celebration with Charlottesville’s 65th Annual Dogwood Festival.  It is free and open to the public, so join us from 1:00PM-4:00PM at the Virginia Department of Forestry Building, 900 Natural Resources Drive, Charlottesville, VA.  We’ll showcase beautiful horticultural exhibits and gorgeous floral designs.

Educational speakers will be:

1-2pm – John Rogers from Mowry Spring Vineyards, “Creating a Vineyard”

2-3pm – Bill Bonwell from Stony Mountain Nursery, “Water Features for Your Garden”

3-4pm – Karen Hall from the Central Virginia Beekeeper’s Association, “The Importance of Bees in Our World”

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Dogwood Golf Tournament

Thursday, April 24th 2014 - 10:00 am

Meadow Creek Golf Course

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Charles Marsh will present his new book “Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer”

Thursday, April 24th 2014 - 5:30 pm
at New Dominion Bookshop
404 East Main Street

In the decades since his execution by the Nazis in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor, theologian, and anti-Hitler conspirator, has become one of the most widely read and inspiring Christian thinkers of our time. Now, drawing on extensive new research, Strange Glory offers a definitive account, by turns majestic and intimate, of this modern icon.

The scion of a grand family that rarely went to church, Dietrich decided as a thirteen-year-old to become a theologian. By twenty-one, the rather snobbish and awkward young man had already written a dissertation hailed by Karl Barth as a “theological miracle.” But it was only the first step in a lifelong effort to recover an authentic and orthodox Christianity from the dilutions of liberal Protestantism and the modern idolatries of blood and nation—which forces had left the German church completely helpless against the onslaught of Nazism.

From the start, Bonhoeffer insisted that the essence of Christianity was not its abstract precepts but the concrete reality of the shared life in Christ. In 1930, his search for that true fellowship led Bonhoeffer to America for ten fateful months in the company of social reformers, Harlem churchmen, and public intellectuals. Energized by the lived faith he had seen, he would now begin to make what he later saw as his definitive “turn from the phraseological to the real.” He went home with renewed vocation and took up ministry among Berlin’s downtrodden while trying to find his place in the hoary academic establishment increasingly captive to nationalist fervor.

With the rise of Hitler, however, Bonhoeffer’s journey took yet another turn. The German church was Nazified, along with every other state-sponsored institution. But it was the Nuremberg laws that set Bonhoeffer’s earthly life on an ineluctable path toward destruction. His denunciation of the race statutes as heresy and his insistence on the church’s moral obligation to defend all victims of state violence, regardless of race or religion, alienated him from what would become the Reich church and even some fellow resistors. Soon the twenty-seven-year-old pastor was one of the most conspicuous dissidents in Germany. He would carry on subverting the regime and bearing Christian witness, whether in the pastorate he assumed in London, the Pomeranian monastery he established to train dissenting ministers, or in the worldwide ecumenical movement. Increasingly, though, Bonhoeffer would find himself a voice crying in the wilderness, until, finally, he understood that true moral responsibility obliged him to commit treason, for which he would pay with his life.

Charles Marsh brings Bonhoeffer to life in his full complexity for the first time. With a keen understanding of the multifaceted writings, often misunderstood, as well as the imperfect man behind the saintly image, here is a nuanced, exhilarating, and often heartrending portrait that lays bare Bonhoeffer’s flaws and inner torment, as well as the friendships and the faith that sustained and finally redeemed him. Strange Glory is a momentous achievement.

About Author: Charles Marsh is a professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia and director of the Project on Lived Theology. He is the author of seven previous books, including God’s Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights, which won the 1998 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Of Marsh’s earlier volumes Reclaiming Bonhoeffer, the late Eberhand Bethge, Bonhoeffer’s closest friend and first biographer, wrote: “This book is a theological sensation—an exciting event. Nobody who attempts to define Bonhoeffer’s legacy today will able to ignore Marsh’s book.”Marsh was a recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship in 2009 and the 2010 Ellen Maria Gorrissen Berlin Prize fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“A definitive study of Bonhoeffer’s life . . . erudite and humanizing. . . Marsh sagely counters all of today’s polemical heat with more historical context . . . It is this Bonhoeffer, and not the culture-war stick-figure . . . who embodies an example of spiritual witness that we desperately need today . . . Thank God for Charles Marsh’s Strange Glory.”
—Ann Neumann, Bookforum

“Attempts to provide a more closely examined view of Bonhoeffer’s personality than past biographers . . . using rarely glimpsed correspondence to paint a warts-and-all portrait of this German martyr…. No doubt Marsh’s portrayal will infuse new controversy into discussions about Bonhoeffer for years to come.”
Kirkus Review

“A hero never more vividly human; a founder of critical belief, never more faithful; Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in Charles Marsh’s elegant biography, comes powerfully to life for a new era. Just in time.”
—James Carroll, Author of Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age.

“A marvelous biography, a page-turner, beautifully written. Strange Glory not only makes Dietrich Bonhoeffer come alive, but also offers us an intimate and very perceptive look into his mind and spirit. Charles Marsh confronts the complexities of Bonhoeffer’s resistance to the Third Reich with an unsentimental eye, allowing us to see why this martyred pastor and theologian has so much to offer to our increasingly godless world.”
—Carlos Eire, T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies, Yale University; author of Waiting for Snow in Havana, winner of the National Book Award

“An extraordinary account of an extraordinary life, Charles Marsh’s Strange Glory is profoundly researched and vividly imagined. Marsh has unearthed enough archival material to keep generations of Bonhoeffer scholars occupied, but, more important, has used his knowledge to weave a mesmerizing tale about one of the giants of the twentieth century. I can’t remember when I have read a more compelling biography.”
—Alan Jacobs, professor of the humanities at Baylor University and author of The Book of Common Prayer

“As Bonhoeffer’s doomed quest unfolds, the experience of reading Strange Glory is by turns terrifying and exhilarating. A story of profound thought and heroic action told in crystalline prose, this is a marvelous biography.”
—James Tobin, author of Ernie Pyle’s War and The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency (winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award)

“The life, thoughts and deeds of Dietrich Bonhoeffer inspire people all over the world. All those people will be drawn to this biography by the prominent theologian and acclaimed writer Charles Marsh, whose meticulous knowledge of the Bonhoeffer story and its sources infuses such a vivid narrative.”
—Wolfgang Huber, former Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany

“A hero never more vividly human; a founder of critical belief, never more faithful; Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in Charles Marsh’s elegant biography, comes powerfully to life for a new era. Just in time.”
- James Carroll, Author of Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age.

“A marvelous biography, a page-turner, beautifully written. Strange Glory not only makes Dietrich Bonhoeffer come alive, but also offers us an intimate and very perceptive look into his mind and spirit. Charles Marsh confronts the complexities of Bonhoeffer’s resistance to the Third Reich with an unsentimental eye, allowing us to see why this martyred pastor and theologian has so much to offer to our increasingly godless world.”

—Carlos Eire, T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies, Yale University; author of Waiting for Snow in Havana, winner of the National Book Award

“An extraordinary account of an extraordinary life, Charles Marsh’s Strange Gloryis profoundly researched and vividly imagined. Marsh has unearthed enough archival material to keep generations of Bonhoeffer scholars occupied, but, more important, has used his knowledge to weave a mesmerizing tale about one of the giants of the twentieth century. I can’t remember when I have read a more compelling biography.”

—Alan Jacobs, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Baylor University and author of The “Book of Common Prayer”: A Biography

“As Bonhoeffer’s doomed quest unfolds, the experience of reading Strange Gloryis by turns terrifying and exhilarating. A story of profound thought and heroic action told in crystalline prose, this is a marvelous biography.”

—James Tobin, author of Ernie Pyle’s War (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award) and The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency

“The life, thoughts, and deeds of Dietrich Bonhoeffer inspire people all over the world. All those people will be drawn to this biography by the prominent theologian and acclaimed writer Charles Marsh, whose meticulous knowledge of the Bonhoeffer story and its sources infuses such a vivid narrative.”

—Wolfgang Huber, former Chair of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany

For more information contact Mitzi Ware, mitziware@hotmail.com

A Chemical Reaction: The Story of a True Green Revolution

Thursday, April 24th 2014 - 6:00 pm
at Jefferson-Madison Regional Library
201 E. Market Street

A Chemical Reaction tells the story of one of the most powerful and effective community initiatives in the history of North America. When Dr. June Irwin noticed a connection between her patients’ health and their exposure to chemical pesticides, she began a local movement, ultimately pitting the town of Hudson, Quebec against the biggest chemical companies in a legal battle that reached the Supreme Court. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTcvO-o8NTA

6:30 p.m. at the McIntire Room of the Central Library. Refreshments will be served at 6:00 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the film.

This event is co-sponsored by the U.Va. Food Collaborative, the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club, the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, and Whole Foods.

For more information, please contact John Cruickshank at 434 973-0373 or jcruickshank4@gmail.com.

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Dogwood Benefit Breakfast

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 7:00 am

Doubletree Hotel

Doors open for Silent Auction at 7:00am

Buffet opens at 8:00am

Dogwood Vietnam Memorial Rededication

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 11:00 am

Guest Speaker

McIntire Park East

Danny Lipford at Blue Ridge Builders Supply in Crozet

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
at Blue Ridge Builders Supply
5221 Rockfish Gap Turnpike

Get all your questions answered by America’s Home Improvement Expert. Danny Lipford, host of Today’s Homeowner, will be at Blue Ridge Builders Supply in Crozet, Friday, April 25th from 1pm until 3pm. For event information check out Facebook or www.todayshomeowner.com

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Friday’s After Five – 2014 Season

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
at Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
700 E Main Street

Join us every Friday for these FREE concerts! 

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