How Ancient Christian Texts are Inspiring New Spiritual Practices
Irvine United Congregational Church is partnering with the Jesus Seminar on the Road program to better understand a collection of Christian texts found in Egypt that are becoming more accessible to the public, and inspiring new spiritual practices.
The event is led by guest scholars Celene Lillie of the Tanho Center in Colorado, and Natalie Perkins, a chaplain and lecturer based in New York City.
The program begins with a lecture on Friday, October 6th, 7:30–9 pm, and continues on Saturday, October 7th, with a series of daytime sessions 9:30 am – 4 pm. Lillie and Perkins will discuss The Gospel of Mary, which portrays Mary as a comforter and stabilizing force for Jesus’ followers in the wake of his crucifixion and resurrection; and Thunder: Perfect Mind, an ancient text that speaks in the voice of a predominantly female deity. They’ll also talk about the possibilities these texts provide for deepening contemporary spiritual practice.
All events take place at Irvine United Congregational Church, 4915 Alton Parkway Irvine, CA 92604. Prices are $20 for the Friday evening lecture, $30 for each morning and afternoon session on Saturday, or $60 for the whole weekend. This event qualifies for Continuing Education Units for clergy and other educators. Registration is accepted online and at the door (credit cards accepted).
To read a program description and to register online, visit: https://www.westarinstitute.org/upcoming-events-calendar/irvine-2017/
Jesus Seminar on the Road is a program of the Westar Institute, a non-profit, public-benefit research and educational organization that bridges the gap between scholarship about religion and the perception of religion in popular culture. It is not affiliated with any religious institution or denomination and does not advocate a particular theological point of view.