12th Annual Spirituality Conference
Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
in-person and on Zoom
Understanding Jesus Means Understanding Judaism
Jesus and his first followers were Jews, thoroughly grounded in Jewish Scripture, Jewish ethics and theology, and Jewish hopes. To understand the New Testament is thus to recover part of Jewish history. How has knowledge of this common history become lost? How might understanding the New Testament in its historical context provide not only a new way of approaching Jewish-Christian relations but also a new way of celebrating our common roots? Our topics include the Our Father prayer, the Parables of the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan, Jesus’ comments on observing Torah (Jewish Law), and Jesus’ relations to women and to gentiles.
Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D., is Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford Seminary and University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies Emerita as well as Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies Emerita at Vanderbilt University.
Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and Short Stories by Jesus; four children’s books (with Sandy Sasso); The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III); and The Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-edited with Marc Brettler). In 2020 she published The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently (with Marc Brettler); and Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven. She is the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute. In 2021, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. AJ describes herself as an unorthodox member of an Orthodox synagogue and a Yankee Jewish feminist who taught New Testament in a Christian divinity school in the Buckle of the Bible Belt.
After much thought, prayer, and discussion, we have decided to make this a “hybrid” conference. We are attempting to balance health and safety with our desire for spiritual growth in community. This means that you may, if you are vaccinated, attend in-person, or you may attend online via Zoom. Dr. Levine will be presenting remotely over Zoom from Nashville, and will be broadcast into Child Hall and to all online attendees.
Please decide which pricing option works best for your budget, while allowing us to continue to offer high-quality speakers:
- Regular Price: $65
- Sliding Scale 1: $55
- Sliding Scale 2: $45
- Sliding Scale 3: $20
- Regular Price: $50
- Sliding Scale 1: $40
- Sliding Scale 2: $30
- Sliding Scale 3: $15
About the Spirituality Conference
From 2009 to 2019, people have travelled from around the Southeast (and beyond) to spend the day in retreat with acclaimed writers and teachers of Christian spirituality, including Richard Rohr, Kathleen Norris, John Philip Newell, Joyce Rupp, Cynthia Bourgeault, Lauren Artress, Margaret Silf, Barbara Brown Taylor, Becca Stevens, and Lerita Coleman Brown.
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Feel free to contact Jeannie Mahood, 404-365-1034.
2017 Spirituality Conference
Featuring the Rev. Dr. Barbara Brown Taylor
2016 Spirituality Conference
Featuring the Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell