In this six-week series during the 10 O’clock Hour, Dan Smith and Brent Coffin will lead us in a exploration into a deeply disturbing theme in the First Gospel ― what Peter Gomes has called Christianity's original sin ― Matthew's anti-Judaism. Why did this interpretation of the Jesus event accent the duality and separation between the early Christians and a leading Jewish renewal movement? How does this theme fit into Matthew's understanding of Gospel, the good news of God's liberating and transformative power? And not least of all, how does our critical love affair with Matthew's text enable and require us to understand better God's invitation to radical faith in our own community, place, and time? Because these sessions will build on one another in a cumulative conversation, we encourage you to attend all six sessions, if possible. However, if you need to miss one or a few, be sure to ask for handouts that will be made available at each session.
Sundays, March 2 through April 6 in the Hastings Room