Religious Leaders Connection Group

Intra-faith Study/Dialogue Group for Christian Clergy (4 Sessions)

Theologies in the Plural

Wednesdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 2017
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul, 1671 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

SPIN is offering a study group for Christian clergy, focused on re-thinking Christian theology in light of our ever more pluralistic community, interfaith relations and social justice action opportunities. It is an important conversation for practicing clergy with interest in our multi-religious context. Participation is limited to eight people. Pre-registration is required (see below).

Facilitator
Rev. Dr. John Marboe, SPIN volunteer, Ph.D. in Mythological Studies, pastor of Zion Lutheran/St. Paul, adjunct faculty at UMN, and part-time garbage man

Description: Theologies in the Plural
The fact of growing religious plurality in our communities raises an urgent question in our time: Shall we embrace religious plurality, and how? Somewhere between (or beyond) the extremes of religious-xenophobia and “all paths lead to…” is a place for more serious thought, dialogue and reflection.  Christians bear major responsibility for the state of religious affairs in the world because of our enormous influence in the world historically. In the spirit of “Let it begin with me,” these four sessions will revolve around major Christian theological themes, with the constant emphasis on personal reflection, listening and questions. The goal not so much a better way of theologizing (though that’s welcome), but greater awareness of the shadows in our own theologies, imaginations, and worldview. We aim to create a space for genuine dialogue, and will gear conversation for thought leaders in Christian contexts. Each session will revolve around a text, or texts, aimed at provoking conversation.

Topic by Session:

  • The Question of Hierarchy (Creation, Oneness of God, gender, authority)
  • The Question of Belief (universalism, psychology, control, protest)
  • The Question of Extension (mission, inclusion, oppression, salvation, charity, justice)
  • The Question of Morality (dualism, sanctity, goodness, evil, repression)

Recommended Reading:
Your God, My God, Our God: Rethinking Christian Theology for Religious Plurality, by S. Wesley Ariarajah

We are requesting a contribution of $50 (more or less, as your resources permit) to cover the cost of providing this series. We have several copies of the Ariarajah book available for $15 each.

To register, with option to order book, click here. If you have questions, please email here.