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2016 Conference Schedule

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◊ FRIDAY, JULY 15
Friday Evening Program
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Registration and Bookstore
The registration desk will be located in the central atrium of the Moore Senior Center. The Bookstore will be open for browsing and book purchases during conference hours.
7:15 – 7:30 p.m.
Conference Kickoff and Welcome
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Robert Miller | The Historical Jesus
The use (and abuse) of Jesus for political reasons by the Gospel writers and editors leads to skepticism about whether anything at all can be known about him. In fact, there are those who believe Jesus never existed at all and that he is a simply a mythological construct. How can we identify the real historical Jesus and separate realistic claims about what he said from bogus ones? This session introduces the background work of the Jesus Seminar and reviews the methods it used to uncover Jesus’ authentic voice.
◊ SATURDAY, JULY 16
Saturday Program
Morning Session
9:30 a.m. – 12 Noon
8:00–9:30 a.m.
Registration and Bookstore
The registration desk will be located in the central atrium of the Moore Senior Center. The Bookstore will be open for browsing and book purchases during conference hours.
9:30–10:30 a.m.
Robert Miller | Wisdom Teacher or Apocalyptic Prophet?
After years of work on the project, the critical scholars comprising the Jesus Seminar concluded that Jesus was a gifted composer of aphorisms and parables and that these parables were the earliest sayings truly related to Jesus. Clearly, Jesus was a wisdom teacher. However, others disagree and believe that the true Jesus was a prophet who believed in a final judgment. This talk will show how and why the Jesus Seminar ultimately rejected this apocalyptic version of Jesus.
Break
  11:00 a.m. – 12 Noon
David Galston | Is It Only a Parable?
Once the obstacles to hearing Jesus are overcome, his parables emerge as his most authentic theological vision. What makes a parable more than just a parable? In this session we will analyze the features of his parables, then consider how Jesus used parables to open a window onto the vision of a reality he called the Empire of God.
Lunch
Afternoon Session
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
David Galston | Jesus and the Wisdom Tradition
The parables of Jesus offer a unique approach to wisdom. In this session we will show how his parables compare with, and sometimes contradict, traditional Christian teaching? We will also compare the wisdom teachings of Jesus with those of other wisdom teachers from the Buddhist, Taoist and Hindu traditions. In doing so, we will look for common features within all wisdom teachings that may help us recover Christianity’s ancient wisdom tradition and in doing so help reshape Christianity for the modern world.
Break
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Robert Miller and David Galston | Questions & Answers
In this open Q&A session, participants will get a chance to ask any question that wasn’t answered during the program talks.
Book Signing 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Conference speakers will be on hand to sign copies of their books, which will be available for purchase in the bookstore.
◊ SUNDAY, JULY 17
Sunday Worship & Fellowship
10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship in the Park
Join us for a special morning worship service at Blue Hill’s Town Park overlooking Blue Hill Bay. Hosted by St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, all are welcome to attend. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at St. Francis. The Town Park is located on Water Street, just beyond the town harbor and the hospital. St. Francis is located at 330 Hinckley Ridge Road (Rt. 177) in Blue Hill (map it).
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