Thursdays, 24 Oct, 31 Oct, 7 Nov & 14 Nov 2019 | 10am to 12.30pm
We are all called, by our baptism, to be priests in our everyday lives. But what does this mean for our world? How do we understand our own priesthood within our communities?
In this course, we will consider how the concept of priesthood developed from Jewish and pagan roots, and how it might be re-interpreted in the future.
We will explore the issues by studying the scriptures. From the Old Testament, we will consider three Jewish concepts – “kavod” (sacred), mishkan” (tabernacle) and “shekinah” (indwelling). From the New Testament, we will look at passages pointing to the ministerial priesthood and our common priesthood.
We will also examine how music and literature have reflected historical understandings, and will look at some pertinent excerpts from film and television programmes.