The Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida and The Yergey Library Present

Scorsese's Silence and the Revelation of God

Guest Speaker Drew Trotter, Consortium of Christian Study Centers
Thursday Evening, March 30, at 6 p.m.
In the Great Hall at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke
A courtyard reception will follow.

Loneliness. Alienation. Despair.

Martin Scorsese’s magnum opus, Silence, based on a 1966 novel by the Japanese Catholic
Shusaku Endo, explores these realities in the context of the silence of God felt by a Portuguese missionary to Japan in the 1640’s. The missionary, Father Sebastian Rodrigues, has a dual purpose for going to the persecution-rife island: one of his most beloved teachers, Father Christovao Ferreira, was rumored to have apostatized, and Rodrigues could not rest until he found out the truth. What he finds raises a multitude of questions about the nature of faith, the viability of the missionary enterprise, and even the essential character of truth itself. This 50 year old novel about events from 500 years ago asks questions and raises issues pertinent to Christians in the global world of the 21st century. 

Executive Director of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers, Drew Trotter will unpack the issues raised in this important novel with an engaging presentation reflecting on Scorsese’s newly released movie. Drew has written on film and popular culture for over thirty years in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today and Critique. He has taught seminars on popular culture, university education in America today, a biblical model of discipleship and how to interpret the Scriptures. Also a well-respected Bible teacher, Drew has lectured and preached at seminaries, churches and colleges throughout the United States and Canada on a wide variety of topics including prayer, discipleship, and Christian cultural awareness. 


The Very Rev. Dr. Reggie Kidd, the Cathedral's Dean, is offering a series of classes this Lent to study the book, Silence, by Shusaku Endo. Scheduled the weeks prior to the speaker event with Drew Trotter, this is an excellent preface to the March 30th teaching. The four classes begin in early March as part of the Cathedral's offering of weekday Christian education on Wednesday evenings. Check out a copy of Silence at The Yergey Library or purchase a copy at the Cathedral Book Store.

Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m.
Introduction by Dean Kidd
“Lent and the God Who Suffers with His People”

Wednesday, March 15, at 7 p.m.
Reflections by the Rev. Berek Q. Smith
Discussion of the Prologue & Chapters 1 through 4, The Letters of Father Rodrigues

Wednesday, March 22, at 7 p.m.
Discussion of Chapters 5 through 7,  Father Rodrigues' Imprisonment & Internal Struggles

Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m.
Discussion of Chapters 8 through 10 & the Appendix, Father Rodrigues' Choice

The Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, has partnered with The Yergey Library, a ministry of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, to schedule this event. The Diocese of Central Florida is committed to offering excellent opportunities for spiritual education. This speaker engagement is the first in a new series created to expand the Dioceses' teaching ministry to both lay people and the clergy of Central Florida.  

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Downtown street meters are free after 6 p.m. The small parking lot behind the Cathedral on Jefferson street is reserved for staff and those with limited mobility. One handicap space is available. The Washington Street surface lot is available, however there is a charge for parking including the ten designated spaces for the Cathedral.