Spring Hill College to offer Summer Colloquium on Biblical Spirituality

Thu, 05/03/2007 (All day)

MOBILE, Ala. — Spring Hill College’s Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality will offer a new program for continuing education or personal enrichment in June. The Colloquium on Biblical Spirituality is designed for participants to engage a topic in depth with no prior academic experience, assigned readings or reflection papers. As a non-credit program, the Colloquium is designed for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of biblical spirituality but who are not able to spend a whole week of reading and studying. The Colloquium on Biblical Spirituality is set for June 5-7, 6:30- 9:30 p.m. Moorer Hall on campus. The cost is $75 for any or all of the sessions.

Dr. Timothy R. Carmody, professor of theology and director of graduate theology at Spring Hill, will present “Sons and Servants; Kings and Highwaymen: Jesus‚ Parables of the Other.” The Parables of Jesus are intended to transform the hearers, to bring about a change of mind and heart. Many of the parables are about relationships that emphasize differences – differences of wealth, social position, authority, religion and age. The twists in the relationships of the parable characters challenge our own assumptions about authority, social position, wealth and “otherness.”

Parables to be discussed include the parable of the Prodigal Son, the Lost Sheep, the Two Sons, the Good Samaritan, the Unforgiving Servant, the Workers in the Vineyard, and the Great Feast.

Carmody is a graduate of the Catholic University of America and a longtime member of the Catholic Biblical Association where he is co-chair of the Task Force on Miracles. Paulist Press published his first book, “Reading the Bible,” in 2004. His second book, “Mark, Question by Question,” is near completion. Carmody is also a popular speaker around the region, giving lectures on topics such as “The Dead Sea Scrolls,” “The DaVinci Code,” and “Pompeii.”

Rooted in its Catholic heritage and continuing the 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of educational excellence, Spring Hill College offers programs of theological studies at four locations in the Southeastern U.S.:  Mobile, Atlanta, Birmingham and Jackson, Miss.

For more information, visit www.shc.edu/theology, or call 1- 800-524-8957.