We’re very pleased to let you know that the FBCH Book Group is planning to meet, via Zoom, on Wednesday October 28th at 6:30 PM to begin our discussion of John Dominic Crossan’s book, The Power of Parable (2012). Subsequent zoom meetings, each lasting about an hour, will be held on the Wednesday’s of November 4th, 18th, and 25th . (We will not be meeting on Remembrance Day, the 11th).
Our discussion of The Power of Parable marks our return to the New Testament after our last two books which were drawn from the Old Testament. The parables of Jesus are an excellent way to gain insight into the message of the Gospels, and will no doubt provide the basis for an exciting exchange of ideas. As Crossan writes, “The power of Jesus’s parables challenged and enabled his followers to co-create with God a world of justice and love, peace and nonviolence”. The parables, as Joachim Jeremias a leading biblical scholar attests, are “a fragment of the original rock” and when we study the parables, “we stand right before Jesus.”
I certainly hope that you will join with us as we continue our book discussions with Crossan’s The Power of Parable. Crossan has authored or co-authored three of our previous books, and his texts usually provide a good read and a thorough treatment of the subject at hand. We may disagree with Crossan at times, but I think we would all agree that his ideas are thought- provoking. As usual, please join our discussion whether you have read the book or not. The parables themselves will provide substance for much of our exchanges.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to chat. I am very interested to get a sense of how many people are able to participate in this book discussion, and your reply would be much appreciated.
Due to Covid precautions, we will meet via Zoom. There will be some issues and challenges, for sure, as we all become comfortable with our new virtual format. That being said, I am really looking forward to getting back into our discussions after a break of almost a year! We will not have a meal together as we have in the past, nor socialize in person, but I’m confident that we can have an engaging discussion. We will open each session about 15 minutes early to allow time for greetings and socializing.
A number of people have attended Zoom meetings at this point; however, if you have not set up Zoom on your computer, or if you would like some assistance with the program, please call Jean at the church office (902-422-5203).
We have enough copies of Crossan’s book on hand in the church office to meet our needs (we received them last March).
To reserve your book, please call Jean at the church office (902-422-5203). She will put a copy in an envelope with your name on it for you to pick up at the church.
There are two methods of pick up: You can ask Jean to leave the copy at the sign-in desk at the usual driveway-door entrance for pickup during office hours, or Jean can leave your book in the Narthex for pick up on a Sunday.
Once again, I hope you are able to join us for this discussion on the parables of Jesus.