The thirty-sixth series continues the efforts of the School to offer adult lay persons a variety of opportunities to strengthen the basis of their commitment to Jesus Christ and the church, to learn how to better understand the intersections of life and faith, and how to prepare more effectively for work in service to God and humanity. The School is made possible by the generosity of SSTL’s former Dean, Joe Stalcup, and his wife, Nancy Vaughn Stalcup, and the gifts of others who share their commitment to theological education.
Fifty Shades of Green: The Bible’s Ecology of Wonder
Saturday, April 26 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth
William P. Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Chair of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
At its most fundamental level, Scripture arouses a sense of wonder, specifically wonder of God, wonder of the world, and wonder of ourselves. In the Bible wonder exists prior to belief and dogma; it both sustains and reforms belief. Wonder brings out the best in religious faith even as it inspires the search for wisdom and knowledge in the world. In this course, participants will explore how the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, evokes all sorts of wonder: from fear to fascination, from awe to desire. We will also explore how wonder links the ancient biblical text with contemporary, including scientific, understandings of our world. The overall goal is to reawaken our divinely endowed sense of wonder.
William P. Brown is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the William Marcellus McPheeters Chair of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Bill has also taught at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond and at Emory University. He is the author of several books and numerous essays on biblical interpretation and theology, including The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder (2010), Seeing the Psalms: A Theology of Metaphor (2002), Ecclesiastes (2000), as well as editor of Engaging Biblical Authority (2007). Bill is an avid Sunday School teacher and a founding member of Earth Covenant Ministry, an emerging organization of Presbyterian churches in the Atlanta area dedicated to creation care (now a part of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light). Gail and Bill have two daughters, Ella and Hannah.
How do I register?
1. Register online at www.brite.edu/stalcup
2. Mail the attached registration form along with a check or money order (made payable to Brite Divinity School) to:
The Office of Lay and Continuing Education
Brite Divinity School
TCU Box 298130
Fort Worth, TX 76129
3. Call (817) 257-7580
May I register “at the door?”
Of course, but you must pre-register to reserve a box lunch.
How much is the registration fee?
The fee is $35.00 for each seminar, which includes a light lunch. Please keep in mind, however, the additional savings available through the money-saving offers listed on the registration form.
What about scholarships?
In keeping with the history of the School and the mission of Brite Divinity School, we want to make the seminars available to all, regardless of their financial circumstances. If you need financial aid, please contact our office and arrangements will be made to ensure your participation.
Where are classes held?
Classes will be held in Dallas, Arlington, Tyler, Granbury, and Fort Worth:
Northway Christian Church, 7202 W. Northwest Highway – Sept 7, Sept 21, Oct 5, Nov 16, Jan 11, Feb 8, & Apr 12
First Presbyterian Church, 408 Park Avenue – Oct 19 & Mar 15
Rush Creek Christian Church, 2401 SW Green Oaks Blvd. – Nov 2
First Christian Church, 4202 S. Broadway Ave. – Mar 29
Acton United Methodist Church, 3433 Fall Creek Highway – Jan 25