Starts September 28th, 2015
The last book of the Bible sits all by itself as a strange appendix to the New Testament. It is at once both compelling and bizarre, and occupies a unique place in Christian spiritual life. It has often become the purview of fundamentalist “fire and brimstone” preachers, and those occupying mainline pulpits are often reluctant to take it up. Yet the Book of Revelation is a fascinating work of art, demanding our full attention, and it is in every way worth reclaiming as a part of the Biblical witness.
Learning Objectives & Purpose
The goal of the study is to provide participants with a meaningful seven-week exploration of the last book of the Bible, exploding some modern misconceptions about the often controversial work, and giving them a new appreciation for the positive influence that it has had, as well as it how it can speak to 21st Century mainline churches.
Can I Participate?
Sure! As an adult education project, Reclaiming Revelation is intended for anyone interested in exploring the last book of the Bible from mid-teens on up. The study assumes that you are old enough to think in abstract terms, even if it is not part of your comfort zone.
Reclaiming Revelation takes place over seven sessions, which includes in-person seminars, combined with the assignments and extra readings included with this online portion. The intention is that you will make use of both online and in person resources in order to get the most out of this exploration, but it also works as a supplement for those who might miss a particular week. I will be awarding Achievement badges for both in-person seminar participation as well as the completion of the online material.
In the in-person seminars start on Monday, September 28, 2015 in the Conference Room at St. Matthew’s United Church.
In-Person Seminar Course Dates & Times:
- Lesson 1: Introduction and Overview
– September 28, 2015 – 7:15pm
- Lesson 2: Of Numbers and Symbols
-October 4, 2015 – 7:15pm
- Lesson 3: I Know Your Works
- Lesson 4: Scrolls, Trumpets and Bowls
- Lesson 5: Pulling Back the Curtain
- Lesson 6: Hope Amidst Darkness
- Lesson 7: Reclaiming Revelation
This online portion is intended as a supplement for the in-person seminars. As this course works on a badge system for completing reading and optional assignments, I will also be awarding online participants badges for attending the seminars in person.