Living the Kingdom: A Theology of Play, Saturday, Oct. 1, 9am-1:45pm

September 28, 2011

Living the Kingdom:  A Theology of Play

Fifth Jean and Parker F. Wilson Seminar, Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity

First Presbyterian Church, Dallas
Saturday, October 1, 9:00 AM to 1:45 PM
In this class, we will develop a “theology of play” as a way of understanding our relationship to the Kingdom of God. Too often, in our overextended culture, we conceive of “play” as a “break” from work that renews us to be able, once again, to work.  But what if “play” is our real work – creative work through which the Holy Spirit guides us more fully into being who we are, as children of God?  The content of the course will be divided into three main sections.  First:  we will discuss what it looks like to claim a space for play, a place in which we insist on God’s promises, are freed by God’s grace, and are empowered by God’s love.  Second, we will begin to imagine what God’s Kingdom looks like, envisioning a world characterized by justice, mercy, and humbly walking with God (Micah 6:8).  Finally, we will discuss how it is that our playing before the sovereign God makes an actual contribution to the coming of Kingdom “on earth, as it is in heaven.”

Cynthia Rigby, Professor of Constructive Theology, The Theological School, Drew University
Cynthia Rigby joined the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1995. In an article in the Dallas Morning News, on March 28, 2006, Rigby was cited as one of the great theologians of our time who can “span the gap between church and society.” An energetic scholar, Rigby is the author of more than thirty articles and book chapters including, The Promotion of Social Righteousness (Witherspoon Press, 2010) and Shaping our Faith: A Christian Feminist Theology (forthcoming). She is the co-editor of Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002) and editor of Power, Powerlessness, and the Divine: New Inquiries in Bible and Theology (Scholars Press, 1997). Dr. Rigby is a sought-after speaker who enjoys lecturing and teaching for academic, church, and denominational events both domestically and internationally. She received her AB, magna cum laude, from Brown University in 1986, her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1989, and the Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1998.