Theology has to do with our study of God. Nuptial is a word that describes a marriage relationship. So when we talk about ‘nuptial theology,’ we are looking specifically at the places in the Bible where God describes himself in nuptial terms—as a husband or bridegroom. This self-revelation of God as a Husband, and of His people as His Bride obviously has import on the meaning of our human marriages. However, it also has meaning for all people—married or single, believer or unbeliever—because it reveals something of the kind of relationship God longs to have with all people.
Nuptial theology reminds us that to be a Christian is not just to believe certain facts about God or even just to attend church on Sundays. Rather, it is to encounter God’s love and discover that it changes everything! It is to be welcomed into a relationship that is intimate, permanent, and safe.
To join this conversation about God, join us at one of our “Nuptial Theology for Everyone” events this year. Some are oriented toward singleness, some toward marriage, and some are designed to bring us all together to share and learn from each other.
Nuptial Theology for Everyone
A series of gatherings to enrich our vocations of marriage and singleness
Have you ever wondered about how a Christian vision of singleness might be a blessing to the Church? Or about the “why” of Christian marriage as opposed to just the “how”? Have you ever wondered what Tory means when he talks about “nuptial theology?” In the coming year, we are hosting a series of events featuring these very topics and more.
Christian Marriage: A Mutual Indwelling
Sat, Jan 6 | 9:00 – 2:30 pm
Set aside a day at the beginning of the new year to celebrate the gift of your marriage and to contemplate your calling as a couple. God brought you together for a specific purpose; He longs to bring life to the world through you. This doesn’t mean conjuring something up, but discovering what He has already put inside you to give. Tory and Elizabeth will guide us through our third annual Amore marriage retreat using Marilynne Robinson’s novel Home and its theme of “reciprocity.”
The Gift of Singleness
Sun, Mar 11 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Truro Common Grounds
In the Church, we often refer to the “gift” of singleness, but what exactly does that mean? How can people living without spouses—whether permanently or temporarily—discover and live out of this gift, and how can all Christians embrace singleness as a gift for the whole Church? We will explore this through stories, teaching and discussion.
Ministry Commissioning Service: Leading Out of Your Marriage or Singleness
Fri, May 11 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm
One’s marital status is not incidental to one’s ministry, but an integral part of it. Each state provides unique insight and access to the love of God and can be a blessing to the world. Join us for a time of teaching, worship, and commissioning for married and single members of our church family.
Ongoing Amore Events
Rector’s Class and Blog on Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love)
Sun(s), Sep 17 – Dec 17 | 10:30 am
Truro Common Grounds
During this year’s Rector’s Forum and through his blog, Tory will lead a parish wide discussion of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation. We will explore the “ministry of accompaniment” toward all couples, even those whose life situations “fall short of what the LORD demands of us.” In addition we will seek to understand how Catholics reason about the gospel and the ways it is both the same and different from Anglicans. The goal of this parish wide conversation is to deepen our understanding and commitment to our parish vision to “learn to love like God.”
Signs of Love
Sun(s), Jan 07 – Jan 28, 2018
All are welcome to join Brent Orrell in an exploratory discussion of the seminal book, Signs of Love: Christian Liturgy in the Everyday Life of the Family by Fr. Renzo Bonetti of Italy. We will discuss how the ordinary activity of families can be understood as powerful acts of “Christian liturgy,” and how all of us—since we all come from families—can discover family life as a place to meet the risen Christ.
Various Times + Locations
Some of our community groups have been specifically birthed out of this particular understanding of the “liturgy of the family” and thus are domestic expressions of Fr. Renzo’s teaching. These domestic communities are open to all people—young or old, married or single—and meet in homes throughout Northern Virginia for fellowship, worship and Bible teaching.