March 16-17, 2018
Community and Cosmos in a Violent World:
Ancient Roots of Christian Social Mission Today
Featuring: Dr. Hal Taussig
with Special Guest Rev. Dr. Samuel Dzobo
Friday, March 16 - 4 p.m.
Otterbein University Roush Hall
Early Christ People in a Violent Empire
The Roman Empire was the only government the early Christ groups knew. This empire ruled the entire Mediterranean basin with massive and strategic violence. The more or less powerless early Christ groups developed ingenious resistance and articulate counter measures to their regular experience of slavery, crucifixion, military attacks, and merciless taxation. How can these strategies and values of early Christ groups inform today’s social mission?
Saturday, March 17
Church of the Master United Methodist
The Creative Early Communities of the Christ People (10 a.m. lecture)
Recent scholarship has produced very important new pictures of early Christ communities of the first and second centuries. These surprising groups were quite different than 21st century American Christianities. What do such early communities have to say to 21st century socially conscious persons inside and beyond churches?
Light lunch between Sat. lectures is available. To RSVP for the meal, please contact us by phone (614-882-2153) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail)). You are also welcome to walk the 2 blocks to historic Uptown Westerville to enjoy a local eatery.
The Peril and Promise of Imagining New World: Brightness, Torture, and Incomplete Healings from the Early Christ People (1:30 p.m. lecture)
With almost no social leverage, the early Christ people envisioned and cobbled together partial futures for their world. These incomplete visions did not include acceptance of tragedy or tangible plans to overthrow Rome’s violent empire. How might their contingent hope, dark humor, and fascination with difference contribute to social mission in today’s world?