Theological: The Dead Sea Scrolls: How are They Relevant Today?Carl Savage
Carl Savage,  Associate Professor in the Practice of Professional Leadership and Biblical Studies, and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Written 2100 or so years ago, unearthed in the last century, the Dead Sea Scrolls continue to influence our religious landscape. They show us more about the formational religious literature of Judaism and Christianity than was known prior to their discovery.  They reveal the religious searching that was apparent during the late Second Temple period leading up to the time of Jesus. They expose the diversity and straddled boundaries of religious identity among the Jews of that time.  And they bring to light a wealth of interpretative liturgy centered around biblical literature.

Come explore their inspired and timely connections with religious life as we experience it today.

Dr. Savage, who has done archaeological research at Qumran, will present a two hour seminar highlighting the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery and impact.


Spirituality: Spirituality of Discernment: A Book Launch
Michael Christensen, Associate Professor in the Practice of Spirituality and Ministry,  International Director, Shalom Initiative, and Pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church in Berkeley, CAhs_christensen_michael_07t

For Henri Nouwen, discernment is hearing a deeper sound beneath the noise of ordinary life and seeing through the appearances to the interconnectedness of all things to gain a vision of “how things hold together” (theorik physike) in our lives and in the world.

Now, in association with the Nouwen Legacy Trust, Michael Christensen and Rebecca Laird have taken his journals, coursework, and unpublished writings a developed the definitive trilogy of spiritual direction, formation and discernment books.

Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life by Henri Nouwen with Michael Christensen and Rebecca Laird was recently released as the third and final volume in the series. Dr. Christensen will present Nouwen’s spirituality of discernment in a two hour seminar format on Saturday, September 14.