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Forgotten Paths

Alternatives, Heresies, and Other Christianities Never Heard

"Super" Jesus Seminar on the Road

November 7–9, 2019
Auburn, California

Take a journey with top scholars of religion into unknown, unpopular, and lost forms of Christianity. From Heresies we never heard of to biblical ideas misunderstood, this conference offers to the public insights from scholarship in religion that seldom reach the news or enter the public conscience. Come join the Westar Institute and the First Congregational Church of Auburn to celebrate and learn about alternatives, heresies, and other insights on the forgotten paths of Christianity.

Sarah Morice Brubaker is Assistant Professor of Theology at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and author of The Place of the Spirit (2013). Her shorter writing has appeared in The Christian Century, Religion Dispatches, Geez Magazine, This Land Press, and Salon. She currently serves as program chair of the Liberal Theologies Consultation of the American Academy of Religion.

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Jason BeDuhn is Professor of the Comparative Study of Religions at Northern Arizona University, a Guggenheim and National Humanities Center Fellow, and the author of numerous articles and books including The Manichaean Body (2000, winner of the American Academy of Religion Best First Book Award), Truth in Translation (2003), Augustine’s Manichaean Dilemma (vol. 1 2010, vol. 2 2013), and The First New Testament: Marcion’s Scriptural Canon (2013).

Bernard Brandon Scott is the author and editor of many books, including The Real Paul: Recovering His Radical Challenge and The Trouble with Resurrection. A charter member of the Jesus Seminar, he is chair of Westar’s Christianity Seminar. He served as chair of the Bible in Ancient and Modern Media Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, as well as a member of several SBL Seminars including the Parable Seminar and Historical Jesus Seminar. He holds an A.B. from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, an M.A. from Miami University, and a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

Karen Bray (Ph.D., Drew University) is an Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Wesleyan College and a candidate for Unitarian Universalist minister. She is interested in how secular institutions and cultures behave theologically. Her work has been published in various academic journals.

Program Details

Thursday November 7

Being Fair to Heretics

7:00-8:30pm with Jason BeDuhn

Friday November 8

The Body is not a Heresy 

9:30-10:30am with Karen Bray

Good News Never Heard

11:00am-12:00pm with Jason BeDuhn

Augustine's Presumptions; Our Mistakes

1:30-2:30pm with Sarah Morice-Brubaker

Break Out Session

3:00-4:00pm

Resurrection or Immortality: Chose One but not Both. 

7:00-8:30pm with Brandon Scott

Saturday November 9

Talking Back to Augustine: Good Ideas the Doctor Dismissed 

9:30-10:30am with Sarah Morice-Brubaker

The Absent God in the Kingdom of God 

11:00am-12:00pm with  Brandon Scott

Decoloniality: the New Good News

1:30-2:30pm with Karen Bray

Panel Discussion

3:00-4:00pm with Brandon, Karen, Sarah, and Jason

Sponsor

First Congregational Church of Auburn UCC

Local Contact and Information

All events at:

First Congregational Church of Auburn UCC
710 Auburn Ravine Rd.
Auburn, CA 95603

For local information, contact:

Barbara Grandstaff
[email protected]
530-885-9087

Fees

All Sessions

  • Individual Rate - Early Bird (by Oct. 24) $100
  • Individual Rate (after Oct. 24) $120 
  • Additional Family Members $100

Single Sessions

  • Thursday Evening, 7–8:30 pm $20
  • Friday Morning, 9:30 am to noon  $30
  • Friday Afternoon, 1:30 to 4 pm $30
  • Friday Evening, 7–8:30 pm $20
  • Saturday Morning, 9:30 am to noon $30
  • Saturday Afternoon, 1:30 to 4 pm $30

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Refunds are available until two weeks before the event if requested in writing, minus a $10 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after that date.