The Early Church and the Future of “Church” in Our Time
As the early Church moved from being a persecuted minority movement spreading across the Roman Empire to one sanctioned by that same empire, the leadership of women was increasingly suppressed. Roman cultural values came to dominate theology and practice. Today’s church is also shaped strongly by the surrounding culture. What challenges and opportunities can we envision for today’s church by looking back at our earliest Christian sisters and brothers? Drawing on the work of feminist historians we will rethink what we know, to re-envision what we might become.
Join Micheal Palmer as he considers what we might learn from the Early Church. Perhaps, to survive in today’s globalized world, we need to recapture some of the Early Church’s “edge” and think outside the bounds of our cultural baggage, questioning how it—like Roman culture did in the past—limits our view of the radical call of the gospel.
This forum will in-person and via Zoom