The 2017 Ohmann Lecture Series, which focuses on interfaith conversation and understanding, continues next Sunday at 9:45 a.m, as Dr. Peter Hobbie begins a four-part series, “Key Christian Doctrines for a Diverse World.” All are welcomed! For July's offerings, please select the Learning & Enrichment tab at the top of the page and select Adult Learning Hour.

Sundays in July at 9:45 a.m.

Rabbi Philip J. Bentley—Jewish-Christian Relations: Conflict and Reconciliation

July 2: ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

 

Last summer Rabbi Bentley talked of Jesus in his historical environment. This lecture is along similar lines but will be about the New Testament in the context of the times in which its books were chosen and canonized by church leaders. The life and times of Jesus were in a Jewish society under Roman occupation. A century after Jesus’s death the church needed to separate itself from that Jewish world, and that meant a dark view of Jews and their traditions. 

 

July 9: ANTI-SEMITISM IN CHRISTIAN HISTORY

 

After Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, Jews became the target of violent persecution. This lecture will focus on the specifically religious aspects of anti-Semitism rather than the social or racial aspects. The history will be a brief survey from the fourth century until the last century.

 

July 16: JEWISH-CHRISTIAN RECONCILIATION


Despite a long history of prejudice and persecution, there have been Christians who defended Jews and learned with Jews. In the last century many developments made Jewish-Christian dialogue and cooperation a priority. This includes Pope John XXIII’s changes in policy and liturgy, as well as such organizations as the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

 

Dr. Mary Louise Bringle—Interreligious Conversation in Our Hymnody

 

July 30: SING THE TRADITIONS

 

This special Fifth-Sunday Hymn Sing will focus on hymns and songs that draw upon and reflect a diversity of musical and lyrical sources. We’ll meet in the Sanctuary and sing as we learn (or perhaps learn as we sing)!

 

From fear to friendship: Understanding our own tradition so that we can better understand,

 engage, coexist, and cooperate with others in a diverse and fractured world.