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St. John’s Lecture Series with Prof. Michal Beth Dinkler 

Saturday, October 5th

11 AM Lecture, 12:30 PM Lunch + Discussion

So often, what gets preached from the pulpit, posted online, and perpetuated in Christian media outlets is animated by fundamentally different views of how to read the Bible as faithful Christians. Many of the lines drawn in the sand concern how we read the lines of Scripture. But what does it really mean when Christians say the Bible is the Word of God? What is “inspiration”? When Christians disagree about the meaning of a biblical text, what are the criteria by which we determine a reading is “faithful” (or not)? We think of our readings as unbiased, but every reading of the Bible is influenced by the reader’s context(s). For the health of the global church—and of individual local churches—we need more serious and self-reflective dialogue about what it means to read and understand the Bible as faithful Christians. Let’s get started.

Michal Beth Dinkler is associate professor of New Testament at Yale Divinity School. She is the author of Silent Statements: Narrative Representations of Speech and Silence in the Gospel of Luke and Literary Theory and the New Testament (forthcoming from Yale University Press).

This event will take place at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 400 Humphrey St, New Haven, CT 06511.  Lunch and discussion in the Parish Hall will immediately follow the lecture.

RSVP for this event here



ESOL Old Sturbridge Village Outing (Sturbridge, MA)

Saturday, October 19th

8:00 AM Departure, Returning in late afternoon

St John’s English for Speakers of Other Languages program (ESOL) is organizing a trip to Old Sturbridge village, a living history museum set in 1830 New England. This is an opportunity for you (individuals and families) to join our friends and students in exploring New England history as they practice their conversation skills.

At 8:00 am we’ll carpool from St John’s so that we arrive in time for the village’s opening and return late afternoon. Bring a picnic lunch or grab food at the village café. Tickets can be ordered online or purchased at the village. Discounts for advance purchase, over 55, college students with ID, and youth. Children under three are free.

Please RSVP by October 13th by emailing


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