The Lecture Series at University Congregational United Church of Christ

The Lecture Series of University Congregational United Church of Christ is pleased to host a Jesus Seminar on the Road (JSOR) event:

Prostitutes, Virgins & Androgynes: Sex and Gender in Early Christianity October 10 and 11, 2014

For more information contact: Betty Spieth-Croll | (206) 524-6255, ext. 3447 | lectureseries@universityucc.org

Seattle WA – Tickets are now available for a series of lectures produced by the Jesus Seminar on the Road (JSOR) and hosted by The Lecture Series at UCUCC featuring biblical scholars Pamela  Eisenbaum and Stephen J. Patterson, on the topic of Sex and Gender in Early Christianity.

For centuries Christians have appealed to their tradition to justify a male-centered church and culture.  But scholars of early Christianity are developing another more complicated view.  Join us for this provocative lecture in which scholars Pamela Eisenbaum and Stephen J. Patterson introduce new theories of thinking about sex and gender in early Christianity.  Lecture topics include:

  • New Theories on Sex and Gender in Early Christianity: Eisenbaum and Patterson introduce new ways of thinking about sex and gender in early Christianity.  Friday evening, 7:30 – 9 pm
  • Jesus & Gender: Was Jesus a feminist?  Was he married?  Did he advocate celibacy?  Patterson presents new thinking on how Jesus approached the issue of gender and sexuality.  Saturday morning, 9:30 – 10:30 am
  • Paul & Gender: Did Paul really hate women?  Did he hate sex?  Who was Thecla?  Eisenbaum explores the complex issue of Paul and the Pauline legacy in the unfolding conversation about sex and gender in early Christianity.  Saturday morning, 11 am – 12 Noon
  • Gender Theory & Early Christianity: What ancient texts say about gender and sexuality presuppose a world of discourse and gender politics that is quite removed from our won cultural context.  Patterson and Eisenbaum ask whether theory helps us bridge the gap and have a more meaningful conversation.  Saturday afternoon, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
  • Is there anything queer about the Bible?  The Bible is the go-to text for conservatives wishing to defend traditional ideas about sex and gender.  But how well does the Bible do in such a debate?  What, if anything, does it really say about the issues that crowd public discourse today?  Saturday afternoon, 3 – 4 pm

Pamela Eisenbaum is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, and an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver.
Stephen J. Patterson, Ph.D., is Geo. H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette University

Event Information:
Friday Evening Lecture:  Friday, Oct 10, 7:30 – 9 pm
New Theories on Sex and Gender in Early Christianity
Saturday Morning Lectures: Saturday, Oct 11, 9:30 am — 12 Noon
Jesus & Gender | Paul & Gender
Saturday Afternoon Lectures: Saturday, Oct 11, 1:30 – 4 pm
Gender Theory & Early Christianity | Is there Anything Queer about the Bible?

All Sessions take place at: University Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 16th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98105

Ticket Information:
Cost for all sessions is $60 (through Sept 26) or $75 (after Sept 26)
Individual sessions are also available.

Upcoming Lectures:
February 6, 7, 8, 2015 | Robin Meyers | Faith as Resistance
March 29, 2015 | Lauren Winner | Overlooked Biblical Images of God
October 9, 10, 11, 2015 | Diana Butler Bass | “Grounded,” from her upcoming book

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The Lecture Series at UCUCC
The Lecture Series of University Congregational United Church of Christ offers all who are interested the opportunity to explore and expand what it means to be a Christian in today’s world by presenting leading thinkers and speakers in Christian and non-Christian traditions who are not readily available to audiences in the Pacific Northwest region.