First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

Adventures in Religion

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces.
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First Jefferson offers a religious education program that delves into the fascinating aspects of the world's religions. This roundtable discussion meets in the church library on Sundays at 9:30 a.m each week. All are welcome.

July 9, 2017 through October 1, 2017
Library, 9:30 a.m.

Jesus Through Pagan Eyes

Adventures in Religion is a round-table discussion group about world religions. We discuss Reverend Mark Townsend, Jesus through Pagan Eyes: Bridging Neopagan Perspectives with a Progressive Vision of Christ, Llewellyn Publications, © 2012. ISBN-10: 0738721913. ISBN-13: 978-0738721910. Paperback.

A thoughtful and deeply moving collection of stories, essays, and interviews about Jesus from today's most respected Pagan, Wiccan, and Druidic leaders.  These explore the historical figure of Jesus in relation to Witchcraft, the tarot, goddess worship, and shamanism?while illustrating how this god of the Christian church blesses and inspires those who embrace non-traditional spiritual paths. (Amazon review)

Part Three:  Thirteen Interviews with Respected Pagan Elders
Discussion continues.

Coming in October 2017

We will discuss Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Princeton University Press; 2nd edition; (March 1, 1972). ISBN-10: 0691017840. ISBN-13: 978-0691017846. (Paperback).

“The first popular work to combine the spiritual and psychological insights of modern psychoanalysis with the archetypes of world mythology, the book creates a roadmap for navigating the frustrating path of contemporary life. Examining heroic myths in the light of modern psychology, it considers not only the patterns and stages of mythology but also its relevance to our lives today--and to the life of any person seeking a fully realized existence.” - Amazon.

PROLOGUE: The Monomyth
1. Myth and Dream
2. Tragedy and Comedy
3. The Hero and the God
4. The World Navel
The Adventure of the Hero
CHAPTER I: Departure
1. The Call to Adventure
2. Refusal of the Call
3. Supernatural Aid
4. The Crossing of the First Threshold
5. The Belly of the Whale
CHAPTER II: Initiation
1. The Road of Trials
2. The Meeting with the Goddess
3. Woman as the Temptress
4. Atonement with the Father
5. Apotheosis
6. The Ultimate Boon
1. Refusal of the Return
2. The Magic Flight
3. Rescue from Without
4. The Crossing of the Return Threshold
5. Master of the Two Worlds
6. Freedom to Live
The Cosmogonic Cycle
CHAPTER I: Emanations
1. From Psychology to Metaphysics
2. The Universal Round
3. Out of the Void-Space
4. Within Space-Life
5. The Breaking of the One into the Manifold
6. Folk Stories of Creation
CHAPTER II: The Virgin Birth
1. Mother Universe
2. Matrix of Destiny
3. Womb of Redemption
4. Folk Stories of Virgin Motherhood
CHAPTER III: Transformations of the Hero
1. The Primordial Hero and the Human
2. Childhood of the Human Hero
3. The Hero as Warrior
4. The Hero as Lover
5. The Hero as Emperor and as Tyrant
6. The Hero as World Redeemer
7. The Hero as Saint
8. Departure of the Hero
CHAPTER IV: Dissolutions
1. End of the Microcosm
2. End of the Macrocosm
EPILOGUE: Myth and Society
1. The Shapeshifter
2. The Function of Myth Cult, and Meditation
3. The Hero Today

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