Portraits of Christ

Online Course
Jan. 26-March 8
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Portraits of Christ
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St. Columba’s Inverness
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“Portraits of Christ, Series 5: The Suffering Son of God”

In this fifth semester of our “Portraits of Christ” series, Fr. Vincent will continue to unpack the structure, theology, and literary ‘brush strokes’ of Mark’s gospel which presents Christ as the “Suffering Messiah” of Isaiah. Our last semester concluded with the numinous experience of Christ’s Transfiguration (Mk. 9:13). Typical of the secrecy motif of Mark’s gospel, upon descending from the mountain, Jesus admonishes Peter, James, and John to say nothing of what they saw until the resurrection. This prompts questions about the coming of Elijah, to which Jesus alludes that the spirit of Elijah has indeed come (in John the Baptist) who suffered grievously. Having past the midpoint of the gospel where Jesus uniquely heals the blind man from Bethsaida only gradually (Mk. 8:22-26), our spring semester will likewise continue to gradually reveal the identity of Jesus as the Suffering Son of God.

Father Vincent Pizzuto, PhD is Professor of New Testament Studies and Christian Mysticism in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the (Jesuit) University of San Francisco. He received his doctorate in New Testament Exegesis from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (2003) and has since published and presented internationally in the areas of New Testament christology, ecological discipleship, marriage equality, inter-religious dialogue, Christian mysticism and contemplative Christian spirituality. In 2018 he published his second book, Contemplating Christ: The Gospels and the Interior Life with Liturgical Press; translated in Spanish, Contemplar a Cristo: Los Evangelios y la vida interior, (Desclée de Brouwer) in January 2022. As an Episcopal priest Fr. Vincent serves as Vicar of St. Columba’s Episcopal Church and Retreat House in Inverness, California. Working for the advancement of contemplative Christianity, he has reinvigorated the mission and ministry of St. Columba’s through the introduction of contemplative eucharistic liturgies, public lectures, online courses, directed retreats, thought provoking sermons, and an online blog.

Although this is the fifth course in a series, each course stands on its own.

When*: Fridays, January 26 – March 8, 11am-1pm Pacific

Cost: $175, partial scholarships available
Contact: Anna Haight, annahaight@stcolumbasinverness.org

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Anna Haight