First United Church of Christ in Marblehead will be offering the Lenten season study group “Short Stories by Jesus” on Thursday afternoons for six weeks beginning Thursday, Feb. 27. All class sessions are open to the community and will be held at the Marblehead Peninsula Branch Library, 710 E. Main St., Marblehead.
No registration or fee is required for the class. Everyone is welcome to attend one, several, or all of the class meetings.
Each class will begin with a 10-12 minute video presentation by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School. The video will focus on the question, “How can we re-read Jesus’ provocative parables?”
Dr. Levine is the author of a book entitled Short Stories of Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.
Following each video, Rev. Dr. Doug Williamson, Pastor of First United Church of Christ, and retired Pastor Rev. Dr. Tom Sagendorf will have a group discussion on the parable or parables of the week.
The group sessions include: Feb. 27, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Son; March 5, 4-5:30 p.m., The Good Samaritan; March 12, 2:30-3:45 p.m., The Pearl of Great Price; March 19, 4-5:30 p.m., The Mustard Seed, March 26, 4-5:30 p.m., The Laborers in the Vineyard; and April 2, 4-5:15 p.m., The Widow and the Judge.
Note: The Ida Rupp Public Library is not a sponsor, nor does it endorse any practices or points of view of the sponsors of this program. For questions concerning these classes, call Rev. Williamson at 419-798-4612.