A Comic Vision

Phil BlackwellHow is comedy more serious than tragedy, and how do we experience it in our daily lives?  A survey that includes Job, Jesus, Augustine, Kierkegaard, Shakespeare, with some help from Peter deVries and Marilynne Robinson, will show us what happens when things come together and when they fall apart.

Phil Blackwell grew up in Menomonee Falls and was a classmate and teammate of Terry Goode’s.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Yale Divinity School; he also has a degree from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.  For forty-seven years he served as a United Methodist minister in settings across northern Illinois, including a dairy farming community, a blue-collar city, a university campus, an upscale suburb, and for his final thirteen years, The Chicago Temple on Daley Plaza in the city’s Loop.  His wife, Sally, and he have retired to a cottage on Whitewater Lake.