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Warren Carter

Uncaring, Absent, Violent, and Merciless?

God in the New Testament: What Sorts of God We Construct

This seminar looks at constructions of God in New Testament writings. While much contemporary reading of the New Testament focuses on Jesus and on the church, not much attention has been given to ways in which various NT writings present God. By attending to various passages across the New Testament, this seminar suggests that NT writings are primarily interested in what God does, on God-at-work in the world. They construct God-at-work in pursuing life-giving, loving and liberative actions. They also construct God in fearful and terrible ways that suggest God is powerless, uncaring, absent, violent, merciless, and an emperor-lookalike. The seminar raises questions about how we read the Bible, how we negotiate New Testament “texts of terror,” and what sorts of God we construct.

Warren Carter is Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School at TCU in Fort Worth. He came to Brite in 2007 after teaching for 17 years at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. He is a native of Aotearoa/New Zealand and did his theological study at Melbourne College of Divinity (BD; ThM) and Princeton Theological Seminary (PhD). His scholarly work has focused on the gospels of Matthew and John, and he is especially interested in the ways in which early Christians negotiated the Roman empire.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at
Chalice Abbey Center for Spirituality and the Arts
2717 Stanley, Amarillo
9:30-Noon and 1:30-4:00pm
$40 Suggested Registration Donation
Accepted Credit for Mission West Clergy
Sponsored by the Amarillo Institute for Biblical Studies

SUN  6:30 PM – 8:00 PM World Café

World Café offers an opportunity for fellowship as we discuss a variety of progressive theological topics. World Café is informal, and all are welcome. Refer to calendar for current topic of discussion.

TUE 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM  Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a simple form of sitting meditation which has its roots in the bedrock of Christian contemplative tradition from the fourteenth century. The essence of Centering Prayer consists of learning to withdraw attention from our thoughts in order to rest in a gentle, open attentiveness to God. The release of a thought is accomplished with the help of a sacred word which helps return you to open awareness. Centering Prayer is done not with your attention but with your intention to maintain an openness to God.

Centering Prayer is led by Sharri Fisher. Sharri is a member of Spiritual Directors International and holds a certificate from Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction in Tuscon, Arizona.

THU  6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Bat Kol

Bat Kol gatherings are contemplative in nature, loosely following the framework of the ancient prayer practice of Lectio Devina. Bat kol is the name given in Jewish Tradition to the phenomenon of the Divine Voice. Translated into English, bat kol literally means “the daughter of a sound.” Connotatively, we understand bat kol to be the echo of the Divine voice spoken intimately to and heard individually within our receptive hearts. In these weekly gatherings, we employ a variety of contemplative practices intended to enhance our hearing of the Bat Kol. Dress is casual. All are welcome. Refer to the calendar for current topic of reflection.

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