Preparing for the Passion
Saturday, January 18, 2014
An Opportunity to Share in a Course on Passion and Atonement
This special opportunity provides the chance to participate in several sessions of Mark Heim’s course “Passion and Atonement.” Mark has designed the course so that attendance at these sessions is open. It is intended as preparation for the Lenten season for pastors and as a way for anyone who wants to explore what involvement in a seminary course is like.
The class meets from 9:00 to noon on January 18, 21, 22, and 23.
The registration fee is $100.
Participants are eligible to receive 10 Sabbath Hours.
Saturday, January 18
Mimetic theory and Sacrifice: The Anthropological Background of the Cross
The thought of Rene Girard on the origin of human culture and religion, recent research on the mimetic character of human desire, and the place of sacrifice.
Tuesday, January 21
Scapegoating, the Bible and the Cross
The revelatory character of the Hebrew scriptures as the basis for understanding Jesus' death, with particular attention to the Day of Atonement and key texts like the Psalms and those dealing with Cain and Abel, Joseph, Abraham and Isaac, Job, Jonah.
Wednesday, January 22
Christ's Passion and Scapegoating
Key elements of the Gospel passion narratives and their importance for a reconstructed theology of the cross, as well as the early church's interpretation of Jesus' death.
Thursday, January 23
The World in Light of the Cross
The impact of the Passion in culture and society and also the implications of the reformed theology of the cross for liturgy and connections with individual and social life.