Classes and Group Study
About this Class
Resources for Dismantling Racism: The Gospel of Mark, Part 1
Imagine a sacred, ancient text that addresses the problem of religious nationalism, economic inequality, and racial/ethnic prejudice. These are all central concerns in the Gospel of Mark!
- Fully explore Jesus’ early campaign to confront institutions of income inequality, religious nationalism, and racial/ethnic prejudice.
- This course will both give a holistic account of the message of Jesus according to Mark and also a detailed reading of the first seven chapters.
- Group members will hopefully walk away feeling grounded and confident in understanding what Jesus is up to in the first half of Mark.
- Explore concrete resources for how to approach these issues as a church community today.
- Group members will be asked to end each session by joining in Ignatian meditation (which combines meditation with scripture).
Required Text The Bible
Optional Text Say to This Mountain, by Ched Myers, et. al. (Orbis, 1996)
Dates and Reading Assignments
- Sep 15, 2021 @ 7:30-9pm Introduction and Prologue
- Sep 22, [email protected] 7:30-9pm Mark 1
- Sep 29, [email protected] 7:30-9pm Mark 2
- Oct 6, [email protected] 7:30-9pm Mark 3
Two week break
- Oct 27, [email protected] 7:30-9pm Mark 4
- Nov 3, [email protected] 7:30-9pm Mark 5
- Nov 10, [email protected] 7:30-9pm Mark 6Nov 17, [email protected] 7:30-9pm Mark 7
8:45pm-9:00pm Ignatian Meditation on Text
Participation: Hybrid (In-person at St. Columba’s or on zoom)
The audio of the lecture and parts of the Q&A will be recorded and uploaded as a podcast each week.