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Conversations with Bishop John Shelby Spong

Saturday, April 20, 2013

9:15 AM

Lifelong Learning
Bishop John Shelby Spong
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Location: The Eliot Church of Newton

Date: April 20, 2013
Registration Fee: $50

For those seeking to experience Christianity in a new and vibrant way, Bishop John Shelby Spong offers fresh spiritual ideas. Over the past four decades, he has become one of the defining voices for progressive Christianity. Many, both inside and outside the church, acclaim him as a teaching bishop who makes contemporary biblical scholarship and theology accessible to the ordinary layperson and a champion of an inclusive faith.

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The workshop will take place at The Eliot Church of Newton, 474 Centre Street in Newton

Schedule:
9:15 Registration & coffee
9:45 Welcome, prayer & song
10:00 Session 1: A Progressive Perspective on the Bible
11:00 Break
11:30   Q & A
 12:30  Lunch
1:15  Session 2:  Envisioning a New Christianity
2:15   Break
2:30    Q & A
3:30 Closing & departure

Lunch included.

A committed Christian who has spent a lifetime studying the Bible and whose life has been deeply shaped by it, Bishop Spong says he was not interested in Bible bashing. "I come to this interpretive task not as an enemy of Christianity," he says. "I am not even a disillusioned former Christian, as some of my scholar-friends identify themselves. I am a believer who knows and loves the Bible deeply. But I also recognize that parts of it have been used to undergird prejudices and to mask violence."

A visiting lecturer at Harvard and at universities and churches worldwide, Bishop Spong delivers more than 200 public lectures each year to standing-room-only crowds. His bestselling books include Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism, A New Christianity for a New World, Why Christianity Must Change or Die, and Here I Stand.

This one-day workshop, held at The Eliot Church of Newton, is co-sponsored by The Eliot Church of Newton and Andover Newton Theological School. Workshop participants will receive 4 Sabbath Hours from Andover Newton in recognition of their continuing learning. To apply for Sabbath Hours complete the Reflection Form that will be provided at the workshop.

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