April 30, 2017.
Special Presentation. See below.
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.
January 8, 2017
Baha’i faith. The Baha’i faith derives from Islam, but what is it?
January 15, 2017
Baha’i faith and Mormonism: Doctrinal, sociological, and chronological comparisons and contrasts, presented by our own Joel Bailey.
Starting January 22, 2017
Jesus through Pagan Eyes
We will 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)
Acknowledgments. Preface and Foreword: Welcoming this Book, pp. xiii-xxix.
Introduction: “Divine” Babies and “Dirty” Bath Water,” pp. 1-9.
Part One: The Naked Nazarene.
Chapter 1: The Tri-part Jesus and Chapter 2: Will the Real Mr. Jesus Please Stand Up! pp. 13-26.
Chapter 3: The Naked Jesus, pp. 27-35. No section title.
Chapter 3: The Naked Jesus, pp. 35-48. Section: Iconoclast and Counter-Cultural Wisdom Teacher.
Chapter 4: I Am Not the Way (and Other “Alternative to the Church” Jesus Wisdom) and Chapter 5: Jesus and the Tarot Twelve Card, pp. 49-62.
Chapter 6: Reclaiming Jesus Christ, pp. 63-79.
Chapter 7: The Cosmic Christ, pp. 81-94.
Part Two: Jesus Through Pagan Eyes: A Selection of Stories and Essays by Respected Pagan Elders.
Introduction; Chapter 8, Jesus: A View from the Earth; and Chapter 9: A Witch’s Tale of Christmas, pp. 97-110.
Chapter 10: A Confession and Chapter 11: The Gift of Jesus to Pagans and Christians, pp. 111-121.
Chapter 12: Jesus Through the Eyes of a Witch and Chapter 13: The Lily Cross and the Green Man, pp. 123-134.
Chapter 14: A Goddess Advocate Talks about Jesus and Chapter 15: The Shamanic Christ, pp. 135-144.
Chapter 16: Encountering the Galilean and Chapter 17: The God from the House of Bread, pp. 145-159.
Chapter 18: Jesus, Horse of God, pp. 161-172.
Ms. Bobbie Russell will discuss connections between Jesus and shamans presented at Psychedelic Science 2017, a conference in Oakland, California, from April 19 – April 24, 2017. The conference is hosted by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.
Ms. Russell is a graduate student at UTA, studying social work, and she will be going on to train to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in psychotherapy specializing in PTSD, trauma and anxiety related to terminal illness.
Ms. Russell’s discussion will be followed by the program already on the schedule for Adventures in Religion for April 30.
Chapter 19: I Have No Temple: A Consideration of Jesus as Pagan Teacher of Gnosis and Chapter 20: The Fertile Christ, pp. 173-185.
Chapter 21: Jesus and the “Devil’s Picture Book,” pp. 187-203.
Chapter 22: Soul Friends: A Wiccan/Jesus-based Spirituality, pp. 205-220.
Part Three: Thirteen Interviews with Respected Pagan Elders
Introduction; Chapter 23: Maxine Sanders; and Chapter 24: Selena Fox, pp. 223-239.
Chapter 25: Raven Digitalis and Chapter 26: Sorita D’Este, pp. 241-256.
Chapter 27: Caitlin Matthews and Chapter 28: Janet Farrar, pp. 257-274.
Chapter 29: Gavin Bone and Chapter 30: Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, pp. 275-289.
Chapter 31: Cassandra Eason and Chapter 32: Raven Grimassi, pp. 291-302.
Chapter 33: Scott Blunt and Chapter 34: Kerr Cuhulain, pp. 303-317.
Chapter 35: Gill Edwards; Conclusion; and Epilogue: A Druid Magician and the Son of God, pp. 319-335.