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Sunday, June 11

10:30 a.m.—Christian Science Church Service (Chapel)

Please bring your Christian Science Quarterly if you have one. All contributions to the collection made at this morning’s service will be given to the student-led Principia College Christian Science Organization (CSO). Principia’s CSO holds Sunday and Wednesday services during the academic year, hosts lectures, and carries on a variety of activities on campus that support students’ growth in Christian Science.

7:30 p.m.—Hymn Sing (Chapel)

Led by Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish
(The hymn sing will begin immediately following the opening assembly.)

8:30 p.m.—Game Night (Piasa Pub)

Join the Guest Relations team and your fellow Sessioners for an evening of fun and games!

Monday, June 12

8:00 a.m.—"The loveliness of Love..." (Chapel)

A talk by Gardner Fogg, CS

11:30 a.m.—Carillon Concert (Chapel Green)

Enjoy a musical performance by world-renowned carillonneur Carlo van Ulft. We invite you to watch Carlo perform and learn about Principia’s Rainwater Carillon.

7:00 p.m.—Singer Songwriter Tribute Show with Will Kruger (Wanamaker Hall)

Join guitarist, singer/songwriter, and entertainer Will Kruger as he performs his “Singer Songwriter Tribute Show” to the music of Paul Simon, Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor, and John Denver. He brings a unique sense of clarity and a strong emphasis on the lyrical content with his selection of songs. Will is also a member of Peter, Paul, and Mary Alive, the country’s No. 1 group paying tribute to that famous folk trio. As a songwriter in his own right, Will had four of his songs featured in the motion picture God Where Are You by Lazarus Filmworks. Join Will on a memorable, musical journey! 

Tuesday, June 13

8:00 a.m.—Healing the Past (Chapel)

A talk by Chestnut Booth, CS

7:00 p.m.—Movie Night: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) (Wanamaker Hall)

For a variety of reasons, seven British retirees respond to an online ad and travel to Jaipur, India, where they find a run-down hotel with a young, exuberant, and optimistic host. Evelyn, newly widowed, wants a low-cost experience; Graham seeks a long-ago love; Douglas and Jean have lost their pension in a family investment; Muriel needs cheap hip surgery; Madge seeks a rich husband; and Norman is chasing women. India affects each in different ways, enchanting Douglas and Evelyn while driving Jean deeper into bitterness. Their host, young Sonny, has dreams but little cash or skill; he also has a girlfriend whom his mother dismisses. Stories cross and discoveries await each one.

Wednesday, June 14

8:00 a.m.—"The Whole Armor of God" (Chapel)

A talk by Marilyn Wallace, CS

7:15 p.m.—Carillon Prelude (Chapel Green)

Enjoy listening to the Chapel carillon bells before the testimony meeting.

7:30 p.m.—Christian Science Testimony Meeting (Chapel)

Thursday, June 15

8:00 a.m.—Preparation and Effort (Chapel)

A talk by Chuck Wilcoxen

7:00 p.m.—Love Letters (Wanamaker Hall)

Love Letters by A.R. Gurney (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama) is a thoughtful, funny, and touching romance. Reading from their letters to each other, the characters, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner, take us on a decades-long journey as they face individual challenges, only to return in writing to their one true friend.

Presented by the Bankside Repertory Theatre Company, based in Alton, Illinois, the play stars founding company members Chrissy Calkins Steele and John J. O’Hagan. Both actors are Principia College faculty members with successful careers in professional theatre. A “talk-back” session with the cast will follow the show.

8:30 p.m.—Dueling Pianos (Piasa Pub)

Join Dr. Joe Van Riper and Darin Pierce for a fun evening of much-loved songs and sing-a-long.

Friday, June 16

8:00 a.m.—Healing Division through Prayer (Chapel)

A talk by Terese Messman

7:00 p.m.—Shining, Shimmering, Splendid (Wanamaker Hall)

Why do we love princesses? Emily Ellet explains it all in a magical evening of songs and stories about our favorite royals, both real and fictional. Enjoy Disney classics, Broadway show tunes, and sparkling live music with a three-piece band. It's funny, uplifting, and a tour de force—it's "shining, shimmering, splendid!" 

Emily Ellet is a New York City-based actor, singer, and audiobook narrator. She recently worked with Princess Cruise Lines on the Ruby Princess, performing this show as well as the acclaimed new Stephen Schwartz revue, Magic to Do. She is a proud member of P.E.O. and SAG/AFTRA.

Saturday, June 17

7:00 p.m.—Trivia Night Sponsored by Alumni & Field Relations (Dining Room)

Who was the 22nd U.S. President? What food never spoils? Who sang the 1953 hit “How Much Is that Doggy in the Window?” Join us for a fun night of trivia with your friends. Make memories, win prizes, and test your knowledge!

Sunday, June 18

10:30 a.m.—Christian Science Church Service (Chapel)

Please bring your Christian Science Quarterly if you have one. All contributions to the collection made at this morning’s service will be given to the student-led Principia College Christian Science Organization (CSO). Principia’s CSO holds Sunday and Wednesday services during the academic year, hosts lectures, and carries on a variety of activities on campus that support students’ growth in Christian Science.

3:00–5:00 p.m.—Grand Market Bazaar (Holt Gallery in the School of Nations)

A variety of artisans and authors will exhibit their wares for viewing or purchase.

7:30 p.m.—Hymn Sing (Chapel)

Led by Dr. Joe Van Riper

8:30 p.m.—Game Night (Piasa Pub)

Join the Guest Relations team and your fellow Sessioners for an evening of fun and games!

Monday, June 19

8:00 a.m.—“There Are No Detours in Life, Just the Impetus and Guidance of God!” (Chapel)

A talk by Kathryn Thompson

7:00 p.m.—A Time to Dance (Cox Auditorium)

In this one-woman show, Libby Skala uses storytelling, music, and dance to portray the life story of her great aunt Elizabeth (Lisl) Polk, a modern dancer in Vienna, where she and her sisters found Christian Science before immigrating to the United States in 1938. In the U.S., Polk became known for her pioneering work teaching the joy of rhythm and movement to what some called "special children." What’s more, Lisl Polk is a Summer Session alum!

Tuesday, June 20

8:00 a.m.—“Believe Only, and [Ye] Shall Be Made Whole” (Chapel)

A talk by Nikki O’Hagan

7:00 p.m.—Movie Night: Lion (2016) (Wanamaker Hall)

In 1986, five-year-old Saroo was a poor but happy child in a rural family in India. On a trip with his brother, Saroo suddenly finds himself alone and trapped in a moving, decommissioned passenger train that takes him to Calcutta, 1,500 miles away from home. Now totally lost in an alien, urban environment and too young to identify either himself or his home to the authorities, Saroo struggles to survive as a street child until he is sent to an orphanage. Soon, Saroo is selected to be adopted by the Brierley family in Tasmania, where he grows up in a loving, prosperous home. For all his material good fortune, however, Saroo finds himself plagued by memories of his lost family and tries to search for them even as his guilt drives him to hide this quest from his adoptive parents and his girlfriend. Only when he has an epiphany does he realize not only the answers he needs but also the steadfast love that he has always shared with all his loved ones in both worlds.

Wednesday, June 21

8:00 a.m.—“Felt Ye the Power of the Word?” (Chapel)

A talk by Kathy Merrill

7:15 p.m.—Carillon Prelude (Chapel Green)

Enjoy listening to the Chapel carillon bells before the testimony meeting.

7:30 p.m.—Christian Science Testimony Meeting (Chapel)

Thursday, June 22

8:00 a.m.—“As in Heaven . . . So on Earth?” (Chapel)

A talk by Tanner Johnsrud, CS

7:00 p.m.—The Dr. John Tutt Story (Wanamaker Hall)

The Effulgence Foundation will present the first in a series of documentaries on the second generation of Christian Scientists. The film explores the fascinating life of Dr. John Tutt, one of the most famous Christian Scientists of the 20th century. Foundation curators will also be present to give background on the film and lead a question and answer session.

8:30 p.m.—Dueling Pianos (Piasa Pub)

Join Dr. Joe Van Riper and Darin Pierce for a fun evening of much-loved songs and sing-a-long.

Friday, June 23

8:00 a.m.—“Age-Old or Ageless? Choose Wisely!” (Chapel)

A talk by Gary Duke, CS