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Adult Faith Development Guest Speakers and Special Events

Inclusive Biblical Interpretation: Why does it matter?

Sunday, October 22 at 12:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall

Following the last session of the class “Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies,” Dr. Cheryl Anderson will be present with us to answer questions gathered from our reading of the book. Using Judges 19:22-29, she will illustrate the new meanings of the biblical text that emerge from using inclusive interpretation. As part of our conversation on human sexuality, the purpose of the session is to demonstrate the importance of inclusive biblical interpretation for all Christians.

Dr. Cheryl B. Anderson is Professor of Old Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois and is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church (Baltimore-Washington Conference). She earned her doctoral degree from Vanderbilt University and earlier in her career she practiced law in Washington, D.C. for nearly ten years.  Her current research interests involve contextual and liberationist readings of Scripture in the age of HIV and AIDS. Her publications include Women, Ideology, and Violence: Critical Theory and the Contstruction of Gender in the Book of the Covenant and the Deuteronomic Law (T & T Clark, 2004) and Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies: The Need for Inclusive Biblical Interpretation (Oxford University Press, 2009).

As a part of this event, please plan to join in fellowship at a multi-site Potluck Luncheon in Fellowship Hall. Bring a dish to share that reflects the bounty of seasonal fall ingredients!