The 4th Mission of Old First presents:
Progressive Christianity: A conversation with Rick Moody, Darcey Steinke and Daniel Meeter
7.30-8.30pm | Old First Lower Hall, 729 Carroll St, Brooklyn
Moderated by Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo, Co-owner of Greenlight Bookstore
$10 suggested donation to benefit the Old First Ceiling Restoration Fund
In contemporary America, Christianity is often associated with right-wing politics and fundamentalism. But increasing numbers of contemporary Christians find Biblical teachings both more compassionate and more complex than such associations would suggest. Nationally acclaimed authors Rick Moody and Darcey Steinke join Old First Reformed Church minister Daniel Meeter in a discussion of progressive Christianity: both as a political force, and as a means of approaching the teachings of Christ with fresh eyes and freedom from traditional assumptions. Like many of their contemporaries, novelists Rick Moody and Darcey Steinke attended Sunday school as kids but drifted away from religion as adolescents. As adults, they have grappled anew with the teachings of the Bible in their own work and as co-editors of the anthology Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited. They will talk with Old First's reverend Daniel Meeter, author most recently of Why Be A Christian (If No One Goes to Hell)? The discussion will be moderated by Jessica Stockton Bagnulo, a member of the Old First congregation and the co-owner and events coordinator of Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Rick Moody is the critically acclaimed author of the novel The Ice Storm, the short story collection Demonology, the memoir The Black Veil, and many other works. He is the recipient of the Guggenheim fellowship and works with the New York Public Library Young Lions, the PEN American Center, Yaddo, and his band the Wingdale Community Singers. More information at rickmoodybooks.com.
Darcey Steinke is the author of five books, including Milk, Jesus Saves, and a memoir, Easter Everywhere, which was a New York Times Notable Book.
Moody and Steinke's renewed interest in Christianity struck a chord with other notable writers -- and the result is an extraordinary collection of original essays captured in Joyful Noise: The New Testament Revisited. Gathering together some of the freshest and most thought-provoking voices in contemporary literature -- including Madison Smartt Bell, Benjamin Cheever, Lydia Davis, Jeffrey Eugenides, Lucy Grealey, bell hooks, Ann Padgett, Joanna Scott, and Kim Wozencraft -- Joyful Noise offers a fascinating range of probing and very personal interpretations of what Christianity means today.
The Rev. Dr. Daniel Meeter has been the pastor and teacher at Old First since 2001. He was ordained to the Reformed Church ministry in 1980, and has served churches in New Jersey, Michigan, and Ontario. He earned a Ph.D. from Drew University in 1989, and has published two technical books in theology as well as many articles. He is married to Rev. Melody Takken Meeter, director of pastoral care at the Lutheran Medical Center of Brooklyn.