Friday, August 19, 2011

Confessions: Our Schedule

As noted in our first post, we shall begin reading the Confessions of Augustine together on September 12, 2011. Each Monday I'll post a few prompts to get our discussion going on that week's portion of the work. Then we'll endeavor to continue the conversation with your comments, posts, video/audio responses and chats. As we approach the start of the feast, I'll supply details on how you can submit your own posts and responses. Right now I simply want to offer you an outline of our posting schedule:
  • September 12, 2011: Kick Off! This will be an opportunity to exchange introductions and expectations. I'd love to hear what you hope to gain from this experience. Share whatever you like and get to know your tablemates if you will. I'll post some material that might be of interest as you begin the feast. Also, go ahead and read Book I of Confessions so you'll be ready to participate the following week! 
Lingo Alert: Augustine's Confessions is divided into sections referred to as "books." Each book is only about 20 pages long, so you can think of these as chapters. Once we've completed our introductions, we'll read a book a week.
  • September 19, 2011: Book I
  • September 26, 2011: Book II
  • October 3, 2011: Book III
  • October 10, 2011: Book IV
  • October 17, 2011: Book V
  • October 24, 2011: Book VI
  • October 31, 2011: Book VII
  • November 7, 2011: Book VIII
  • November 14, 2011: Book IX
  • November 21, 2011: This week we'll take a break from reading so we can reflect on the end of the narrative portion of the work and prepare for Augustine's upcoming meditations on mind, memory, time and matter. Also, this is the week of Thanksgiving, and some of us have pies to bake. 
  • November 28, 2011: Book X
  • December 5, 2011: Book XI
  • December 12, 2011: Book XII
  • December 19, 2011: Book XIII
As a reminder, the dates above only indicate when I'll begin posting on a particular section of the work. You are not obligated to keep this schedule yourself. If you find yourself "behind" a week or even several weeks, that's absolutely fine! The posts on that material will still be available, and we'll be monitoring those discussions to respond to your questions and comments. While I expect that the flurry of activity on a given portion of Confessions will take place during its assigned week, you are encouraged to participate whenever and however you wish.

I hope this helps you begin to see the shape of this project. I'll continue to post details as we move closer to September 12, 2011. Until then, feel free to ask questions below or to find me on Twitter.


  1. Just found you today, and this Augustine reading looks like great fun. Is there something I need to do to pull a chair up to the table besides follow you on Twitter?

  2. Greetings, Michelle! I'm so glad you are joining us! Finding us on Facebook is another good way to get reminders of our postings, but you can just check-in here whenever you want to engage the conversation. I look forward to you sharing your wisdom with us!