Annual Celebration Keynote Speaker: John Dominic Crossan

Some of us have read his books. Some of us have heard him speak. Some of us perhaps have even traveled with him tracing the footsteps of Paul, or learning about the historical Jesus. This summer at Annual Celebration in Grand Junction we will all have the opportunity to experience the joy and light embodied in John Dominic Crossan.

We are deeply grateful to First Congregational Church, Grand Junction for suggesting we team up and have the Holmgren Lecture Series the same weekend as the Annual Celebration, making it possible for us to have John Dominic Crossan as our guest lecturer and preacher.

Professor John Dominic Crossan is regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He is the author of 30 or so books including The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant, The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus became fiction about Jesus, and How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation. Most recently he and his wife, Sarah Sexton Crossan, wrote Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision. As we gather to embrace the JOY and LIGHT inherent in the wisdom of Jesus, John Dominic Crossan will take us back inside the central story of our tradition – the resurrection – and help us reimagine the joy and light of the Resurrection.

“All great religions offer humanity parables bigger than themselves. So also here. When Christ, rising from the dead after having been executed for nonviolent resistance against violent imperial justice, grasps the hands of Adam and Eve, he creates a parable of possibility and a metaphor of hope for all of humanity’s redemption.”

– John Dominic Crossan

If you are new John Dominic Crossan fan, here is a link to an interview on this latest book.