Read­ing group will ex­am­ine para­bles of Je­sus

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

The para­bles of Je­sus will be ex­plored dur­ing the Clas­sics in Re­li­gion Read­ing Group’s Oc­to­ber pro­gram at Kingston Li­brary, 55 Franklin St.

The group will meet Wed­nes­days on Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the li­brary’s Com­mu­nity Room.

The para­bles of Je­sus rep­re­sent about onethird of his teach­ings in the four gospels. They can ap­pear de­cep­tively sim­ple, a cre­ative and en­joy­able way of teach­ing cer­tain moral and re­li­gious truths. How­ever, some para­bles are not eas­ily pen­e­trated, and much of their sub­tlety is lost on the mod­ern reader un­fa­mil­iar with their cul­tural and re­li­gious con­text.

Dur­ing the weekly ses­sions, par­tic­i­pants will at­tempt to bring out the para­bles’ ge­nius, help­ing them gain a deeper ap­pre­ci­a­tion of their sig­nif­i­cances. They might rec­og­nize Je­sus as a shrewd and dar­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tor, a mas­ter sto­ry­teller, see­ing some of the most fa­mil­iar and time-hon­ored sto­ries in Western civ­i­liza­tion in a new light.

Lead­ing the se­ries will be the Rev. James Krueger, re­treat mas­ter at Mons Nubifer Sanc­tus in the western Catskills. He also serves as a cam­pus min­is­ter to the State Uni­ver­sity of New York at Delhi. Di­verse sources are used for the read­ing group. For one hour each week, a lo­cal re­li­gious leader makes se­lec­tions for read­ing aloud and dis­cus­sion.

Pre­vi­ous read­ings have in­cluded Bud­dhist, Jewish, Sufi, Na­tive Amer­i­can, Hindu, Zoroas­trian, Con­fu­cian, Taoist and Chris­tian works, as well as texts in Ex­is­ten­tial­ism, Jun­gian­ism, Amer­i­can Tran­scen­den­tal­ism, Schools of Med­i­ta­tion, Process The­ol­ogy and Prag­ma­tism. Li­brary re­sources, in­ex­pen­sive edi­tions or copies are distributed for par­tic­i­pants. No ad­vanced read­ing is re­quired.

The pub­lic is in­vited to any of the ses­sions. The li­brary is to­tally ac­ces­si­ble.

Con­tact Al­bert R. Ahlstrom by call­ing (845) 334-8404 or send an email to aahlstrom@hvc.rr.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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