We are studying A New New Testament. The New Testament as we know it was assembled over many centuries. Along the way, lots of gospels and letters that were used by early Christ communities were not included in the “final” collection of books. In fact, many of them were actively suppressed and disappeared from view – often hidden in caves in the desert to avoid being burned by those who were out to punish “heresy.” Major archeological discoveries and discoveries in ancient libraries have revealed about 75 – 100 gospels and letters that were not included when the classic New Testament was assembled. Rev Dr. Hal Taussig brought together a group of 19 experts from a variety of religious traditions, including Geoffrey Black (the President of the UCC) to see which of these would be useful for the spiritual lives of 21st century people. The result is A New New Testament, which includes the 27 books of the classic New Testament and 10 books previously hidden. We will be studying two of those books on March 20 — The Gospel of Mary and Thunder – Perfect Mind. This will be an exciting look at what first century Christians were reading and studying — and much of it will be meaningful to 21st century people. Please join us.
Contact Linda to let her know if you will attend so we can order enough pizza. Copies of these two short books are on the Piano in Diehl Hall.