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Revelation for the Rest of Us

Revelation for the Rest of Us

Denver, Colo., August 27, 2013 – The ongoing lecture/conversation series titled FaithLife Connections (FLC), will return to South Broadway Christian Church (23 Lincoln Street, 80203) in Denver, Colo., on Sunday, October 27, 2013.

Created by Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Okla., and featuring the seminary’s faculty, FaithLife Connections is designed to help laypeople develop the tools to connect faith with daily life.  The third presenter in the Denver area will be Dr. Nancy Pittman, Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at PTS. Her discussion topic will be “Revelation for the Rest of Us.

“The Book of Revelation has been interpreted, reinterpreted, and misinterpreted in light of its readers’ interests and concerns since it first appeared among Christian communities in the late first century.  The recent “Left Behind” craze has only served to underscore dramatic differences in how Christians have read the book and made use of it in their faith journeys.  In this presentation, I will ground this difficult book in the situation of those first-century readers and offer ways we might understand it’s call to action from their perspectives before we view it through our own,” said Pittman.

Pittman will give a homily during the Sunday morning service, following the service attendees are encouraged to share perspectives and engage in conversations. After lunch together, more time for discussion will be available, including recommendations on materials and resources.  Anyone, of any religious tradition or of no tradition, who seeks to make connections between faith matters and daily life, is welcome to attend.

“Persons seeking to follow the way of Jesus in today’s world face profound challenges. At PTS, we believe that faculty and students – including both laity and clergy – should seek to understand the challenges, to relate resources from Christian traditions to develop creative, hopeful individual and communal strategies for ways in which Christians could respond to those issues. PTS has developed FLC to reach out to people of faith who seek similar ends,” said John Imbler, Coordinator of FLC.

Designed to run for three and a half years, seminary faculty with topics of expertise and interest, will rotate to participating congregations so seven different topics will be discussed over the course of the program.  FLC will be hosted by seven congregations in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) covenant regions, those include: Denver, Colo.; Columbia, Mo.; Wichita, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; Fayetteville, Ark.; Edmond, Okla.; and Tulsa, Okla.  Within the three and a half year span, a congregation will host a weekend event twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. 

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