Rev. Kevin offers a variety of multi-week book and Bible study classes at different times during the church year. Past classes have included “Exploring the Bible”, “The Apostle Paul”, and “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time”.
Classes are generally held Tuesdays 1-2:30 p.m. and repeated Wednesdays 6-7:30 p.m. for 6-8 weeks. Watch the website for future series, and sign up on the office window.
Tuesdays: May 2nd – June 6th at 1 PM until 2:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: May 3rd – June 7th at 6 PM until 7:30 p.m.
Location: In the Parlor
We will be reading and discussing Cynthia Bourgeault’s book: “The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity.” Those interested are encouraged to sign up on the church window for either of the two class offerings, get a copy of the book, and read ahead. We will spend two class sessions on each of the three parts of the book: Mary as “Apostle,” as “Beloved,” and as “Unitive Wisdom.”
Book Description from the Amazon website: Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity—yet, if you look in the Bible, you’ll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer that question, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church tradition, art, legend, and newly discovered texts to see what’s there. She then applies her own reasoning and intuition, informed by the wisdom of the ages-old Christian contemplative tradition. What emerges is a radical view of Mary Magdalene as Jesus’s most important disciple, the one he considered to understand his teaching best. That teaching was characterized by a nondualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the feminine. Cynthia shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus’s original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.
Please sign up on the office window.
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