Talk on Jamestown discoveries set

Published 9:29 pm Tuesday, September 8, 2015

There were some amazing discoveries in Jamestown recently, and local folks will have the chance to learn more about them without driving too far during a talk later this month at Historic St. Luke’s Church.

Four bodies, including a clergyman and a captain who had a trinket of Catholic significance buried with him in his grave, were uncovered, said John Ericson, education coordinator at Historic St. Luke’s Church.

Mark Summers, manager of public relations and educational programs of Jamestown Rediscovery at Historic Jamestown, will lead a lecture on the role of religion and politics in Jamestown based on the new discovery.

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“(It’s) a very different understanding than we had,” Ericson said.

These discoveries in Jamestown have begun to raise more questions than answers, said Todd Ballance, executive director at St. Luke’s. Historians are beginning to think that the Virginian colonists were more separated by their religious perspectives than historians had originally thought them to be.

“Maybe things are not as cut and dry,” Ballance said.

At that time, it wasn’t uncommon for someone to act out violently because of a difference in religious perspectives, Ballance said.

“This is something that has continued to be a raising issue throughout modern history, Balance said. He hopes that the lecture initiates some good conversation on how religion’s effects on government have continued to be relevant throughout history, even in today’s society.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at the church, 14477 Benn’s Church Blvd.

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served throughout the evening.

Joseph Tapia, marketing coordinator at Historic St. Luke’s Church, hopes to see more guests at this event than at their last lecture, which was an estimated 25 people.

Entrance to the September lecture costs $25 per person, or $40 per couple. Early registration ends on Sept. 21, and an extra $10 is added to the price for late registration. The final cut off is Sept. 25 at 5 p.m.

Along with the museum’s usual 45-minute guided tours, which largely focus on religious freedom, regular events at the church also include Heritage Day and the blessing of the animals ceremony.

The lecture is the second of three in the annual lecture series. The third lecture will take place in October. The topic of this lecture will be architecture and how religion is expressed through it, Ballance said.