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Clergy Study Day with James Alison ~ The Atonement as Project: Jesus’ Imagination, Cross, Church, Creation
Fri, May 31, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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A reading of Matthew 21-22 will take us into the question of what Jesus thought he was doing in going to the Cross, and why. It will also enable us to look at notions of sacrifice, God, eternal life through the perspective of …the joy that was set before him…(Hebrews 12:2)
A reading of the texts concerning the coming of the Holy Spirit will (a) provide some sermon prep for the two Sundays following (June 2 and June 9). They will also show how the project that Jesus imagined and for which he gave himself is an inherent part of what he was doing, in the form of the New Community we call “Church”. This will then enable us to have a look at what we mean by Creation, not as stable backdrop, but as incoming foreground for which atonement is our entry point.
James Alison (b. 1959) is a Roman Catholic theologian, priest, and author, who has brought the work of the great French thinker René Girard to a wider public. In addition, he is known for his insistence that truthfulness in matters gay is an ordinary part of basic Christianity.
He is the author of Knowing Jesus (1992); Raising Abel (1996); The Joy of Being Wrong (1998); Faith beyond resentment: fragments catholic and gay (2001); On being liked (2004);Undergoing God (2006); Broken Hearts and New Creations: intimations of a great reversal (2010); and Jesus the Forgiving Victim (2013).
For more, click here to visit his website.