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The Crusades:  A Dark History

(Part 2 of a 2-Part Seminar)

Location: Sanctuary at St. Matthew’s United Church

Address: 2035 – 26a ST SW, Calgary, AB

Phone: 403-249-1721

Dates: Mondays starting April 24, 2017 at 7:15pm for six sessions, although there will be a two-week gap in May to allow John to attend a conference and Victoria Day. Actual dates will be April 24, May 1, May 8, May 29, June 5, and June 12th.


Size: No formal minimum or maximum, the meeting space is the Church Sanctuary, which is Wheelchair accessible via a lift located near the office doors. Please contact me if you will need assistance.

Drop ins are welcome.

Register by email to revjohn26a@gmail.com

This seminar is an exploration of the Crusades, a series of military campaigns spanning the 11th to 13th Centuries sanctioned by the Roman Catholic Church with the goal of reclaiming Jerusalem and other holy sites in the Middle East. T

As a seminar format, participants are welcome to come and learn about the history of a dark time in western Christianity. While it is a broad overview, my hope is to dispel some common misconceptions. This course will take a critical in-depth look. While this will be a warts-and-all course, my hope is to help learn from this time period, its influences on later history, and a cautionary tale.

No pre-reading is necessary, but participants are welcome to read Justo Gonazales’ A History of Christianity. Volume 1.

This seminar is Part 2 of a 2-part seminar. Part 1 dealt with the development of Christianity from its earliest days to the eve of the Crusades.  It is not be necessary to have attended Part 1 in order to attend Part 2.

Facilitator:  John Crowdis  The Rev. John Crowdis has been serving as the minister at St. Matthew’s United Church since July of 2014. A graduate of the Vancouver School of Theology, John is enthusiastic about bringing university-level Biblical scholarship and history in a way that is accessible to everyone.

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