Lenten Forum Series: Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Event details

  • Sunday | March 26, 2017
  • 10:10 am
  • St. Paul's Dining Room

natalieSunday morning Adult Forums in Lent will feature a five-week series entitled, Why Did Jesus Have to Die?  Exploring the Intersection of Divine and Human Suffering. Led by Dr. Natalie Kertes Weaver, Chair and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Ursuline College, the series will use a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion and suffering in our world.

Each week’s presentation will stand alone, but the series will trace a historic arc of the theory of the atonement.  Please join us at 10:10 a.m. in the Dining Room on five Sundays in Lent. All are welcome.

Copies of Dr. Weaver’s slides will be available here during the week following the presentation.

Video of these presentations beginning with Week 2 – Pounds of Flesh… will available on St. Paul’s YouTube Channel.

March 26: Modern Morals and New World Order – The Cult of Reason and Economic Dominance as Signs of Christian Salvation
The Reformation and Modern periods, leading even into the present day, represented the appropriation of Christian salvation in the service of colonial, economic, technological, and military agendas. The role of Jesus, the crucified servant, was reprised as first world philosopher and king, raising new questions for Christians about the scope and meaning of this death for humanity’s suffering and redemption.

April 2: On Earth As It Is In Heaven – Revisioning Jesus in the Suffering World Today
The world today, characterized by unprecedented opportunity and hazard on a global scale, invites Christians to consider anew the meaning of the suffering of Jesus. In a world of innocent deaths – caused by militarism, poverty, discrimination, and environmental decay- can a single, ancient, innocent death lead to the salvation of the world?