Schedule for MAY 2015—-9:30 to 10:30  

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THE DEVELOPMENT OF CHRISTIANITY:  Key people, places and players in the development of the Jesus movement from inception to Worldwide Orthodox Catholic Church.  Underlying our discussions will be the question of how Christianity and the Bible fit with post 20th century Unitarian Universalist Spirituality, values and belief. Facilitator—- Sarah Davis

May 03: What can be known about the historical Jesus, his early followers, and life in first century Palestine.

May 10:  The development of the New Testament Cannon of Orthodox texts and beliefs by key early church fathers.

May 17:  Evolving understanding of Jesus and Early Christianity in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nag Hammadi “Gnostic” texts and other late 19th and early 20th century developments.

THE GNOSTIC GOSPELS: Written by groups of non-Pauline Christians following the teachings of Jesus. These writings give insight into what some early Christians believed. Facilitator—-Ray McAdaragh

May 24: The Gospel of Peter

Discovered in the 19th century in a monk’s tomb, the surviving fragment is an alternative description of Jesus’ trial, crucifixion and resurrection. Most striking is a fragment containing an actual narrative of Jesus’ emergence from his tomb on Easter morning, tall as a skyscraper, followed by the cross, which speaks to the heavens to declare that salvation has now come to those who have died.

May 31: The Secret Gospel of Mark

A letter describing a second secret gospel of Mark was discovered in 1958. This secret gospel was intended only for the spiritually elite in the community. In it, Jesus describes the “Kingdom of God” to a young man whom he had raised from the dead.

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