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Advent: The Season of the Parable 3 with Diarmuid O’Murchu
November 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm| €25
PART 3: The parables of Jesus are found not only in all four gospels but also in some of the non-canonical gospels. They form approximately one third of the recorded teachings of Jesus, so we rightfully attach importance to them. We can consider them to be similar to Aesop’s Fables, seemingly simple and memorable stories, often with imagery, and all conveying messages. Scholars, however, tell us that although these parables seem simple, the messages they convey are deep, and central to the teachings of Jesus. Many of Jesus’s parables refer to simple everyday things, such as a woman baking bread (parable of the Leaven), a man knocking on his neighbour’s door at night (parable of the Friend at Night), or the aftermath of a roadside mugging (parable of the Good Samaritan); yet they deal with major religious themes.
Diarmuid will help us to look at the parables in a different light helping us to see below their surface meaning, often revealing the ‘sting in the tail’ at the end of the story.
Facilitated by Diarmuid O’Murchu. Diarmuid is a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin Ireland, is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in social ministry, predominantly in London, UK. In that capacity he has worked as a couple’s counsellor, in bereavement work, AIDS-HIV counselling, and, in more recent times, with homeless people and refugees.
Diarmuid has facilitated programmes on Adult Faith Development across the globe and has written extensively. His best known books include Quantum Theology (1996 – revised in 2004), Ancestral Grace (2008), Jesus in the Power of Poetry (2009), Christianity’s Dangerous Memory (2011), In the Beginning was the Spirit (2012), God in the Midst of Change (2013) and On Being a Postcolonial Christian (2014). He now lives in Dublin, Ireland.
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