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Seminars to feature eminent scholars filmed in the Holy Land

June 20, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ will begin a 12-week series entitled "Eclipsing Empire: Paul, Rome, and the Kingdom of God" on July 1.

Part of the "Living the Questions" curriculum exploring Christianity from a progressive perspective, each one-hour session in the Summer Sunday Seminar Series will feature a high-definition video and discussion guided by either the Rev. Dr. John H. Danner or the Rev. Deborah Kunkel.

Classes are every Sunday at 9 a.m. in Heron Hall, on the lower level of the church.

All of the seminars are free and open to the public.

Those who attend will join preeminent New Testament scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan on location in Turkey as they trace the Apostle Paul's footsteps throughout the Roman Empire. It explores fresh insights into Paul's message of the Kingdom of God, its challenge to Roman imperial theology, and the apostle's radical relevance for today. Take-home materials will be provided.

John Dominic Crossan, Professor Emeritus of Biblical studies at De Paul University, has written more than 20 books and is widely regarded as the world's premier historical Jesus scholar. He was a Roman Catholic monk for 19 years and a priest for 12 and was also co-chair of The Jesus Seminar and chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

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Marcus Borg (1942-2015) was the Hundere Professor of religion and culture at Oregon State University. The author of more than 10 books, he lectured extensively throughout North America and overseas. His work has been translated into five languages.

For more information, visit or call 239-472-0497.

Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is at 2050 Periwinkle Way.



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