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Good Friday and Histories of Hateful Interpretation – March 26
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO PUBLIC HEALTH PROTOCOLS AROUND CORONAVIRUS
Good Friday, The Gospel of John, and Histories of Hateful Interpretation
A Half-Day Scripture Forum
Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 9:30am to 2:00pm
This program is intended for clergy and other professional religious and congregational leaders.
This year’s suggested Good Friday passages in both the Revised Common Lectionary and the Roman Catholic Lectionary include the Gospel of John chapters 18-19 with John’s account of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion. These familiar and treasured texts in the Christian interpretive tradition have also contributed – along with Good Friday celebrations as a whole – to the alienation and persecution of Jews throughout Christian history. What are responsible ways for Christian congregations and leaders to liturgically use and preach from these loaded texts? This half-day Scripture Forum will bring contemporary Jewish and Christian perspectives to bear on these passages, and participants will discuss how Christian religious leaders can sensitively exegete them in light of their reception history.