December 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm #635Forgiving VictimParticipant
This is a course description by unit developed by the participants at Techny.
Unit One: Starting human, staying human covers anthropology, communication and understanding ourselves.
Unit Two: God, not one of the gods develops our competency in reading texts through the eyes of the forgiving victim, the discovery that God is not in rivalry with anything that is, and monotheism appearing as atheism.
Unit Three: The difference Jesus makes leads us into becoming a new people who are learning to tell more truthful stories about ourselves; we discover forgiveness leading to new community as we discover a social other who is good for us.
Unit Four: Unexpected insiders invites us to begin telling a human story in which death does not have the final say and to discover ways to build community with no insiders or outsiders.
This is a course description by unit developed by the participants in Houston.
Unit One – Starting human, staying human
The course begins with anthropology because to understand God, we need first to understand ourselves. We’ll discuss the relevance of revelation and be guided by two questions: What is the shape of God’s communication with us? And what is the effect on us of being on the receiving end of an act of communication from God?
Unit Two – God, not one of the gods
In this unit we will learn to be more relaxed and unafraid of the “big bad book”. We’ll learn to read scriptures through the eyes of the Forgiving Victim and discover that God is not in rivalry with anything that is.
Unit Three – The difference Jesus makes
Jesus opens us up to becoming a new people. We will find the ground shifting as we undergo the “earthquake”. Being forgiven enables a new unity, old identities fall away as we begin to tell more truthful stories about ourselves. We will see glimpses of the master at work.
Unit Four – Unexpected insiders
Our belonging is being undone and redone as we find ourselves insiders within a great shift. We are called into a new space and ask, “What will happen when death does not have the final say?” Together we will work out what comes next.
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