What do Jesus' parables mean? Or is that even the right question? How can we learn to look at these stories in ways that bring us to a deeper understanding of Jesus’ call to new life?
We will look at the parables of Jesus as stories of God, grace and the Blessed Community, from a storyteller’s perspective. We will engage with the parables, working out our understandings of each one, seeing them as inexhaustible meaning calling for response. We will work on putting the parables in the 4 contexts of Jesus’ time, of Judaism, and of story, and how they can still speak to us today. Merrill will talk about the contexts of the parables, engage us in discussion, and lead us in small group exercises and worship sharing.