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The Secular Gospel of Jesus

JSOR-LOGO-with-textJesus Seminar on the Road is partnering with Redlands United Church of Christ to distinguish what the historical Jesus said from what others said about him. What did his words mean in their first-century context? What can they mean for today? The program will be led by guest scholars Joanna Dewey of Episcopal Divinity School (Emeritus) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Celene Lillie, director of the Tanho Center for a new New Testament.

The program, entitled “The Secular Gospel of Jesus,” begins with a lecture on Friday, September 16th, 7:30–9 pm, and continues on Saturday, September 17th, with a series of daytime sessions 9:30 am – 4 pm. Beginning with an primer on the historical Jesus, Dewey and Lillie will explore the meaning of parables and other teachings of Jesus in their first-century context. They will also turn to the applicability of Jesus for the twenty-first century: How might Jesus and the early Jesus movements revitalize or influence the way we think about and practice spiritual life in the present?

All events take place at Redlands United Church of Christ, 168 Bellevue Ave., Redlands, CA 92373. Prices are $20 for the Friday evening lecture, $30 for each morning and afternoon session on Saturday, or $75 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: westarinstitute.org/upcoming-events-calendar/redlands-2016/

Speakers are available for interviews.

Make your reservation NOW and save $$!   

Early bird savings for the Jesus Seminar on the Road end Friday, September 2.  Don’t delay making your reservation.  Save $15 by registering before September 2!


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.

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