“Portraits of Jesus” Series

In our next series, we look at “The Portraits of Jesus,” with sessions on: Portraits of Jesus in Art, Black Jesus, Poor Jesus, American Jesus, and Postmodern Jesus.

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Portraits of Jesus in Art
January 8, 2008

Mr. Tyrus Clutter

Tyrus Clutter will guide us through a survey of how the representation of Jesus in art has changed dramatically over the last century, tracing the philosophies and outlooks that have shaped our culture and its perception of Jesus.

Tyrus Clutter is Director of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). CIVA is an international arts organization that supports the artist, serves the church, and engages the culture.

Black Jesus
January 15, 2008

The Rev’d Hurmon Hamilton

Rev. Hurmon E. Hamilton will speak on “The Incarnation of Christ in Culture and City.” The various ways in which Christ is made visible in the African American culture and in the city: a historical and contemporary perspective.

Rev. Hurmon E. Hamilton, Jr. has served as the Sr. Pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church USA, in Boston, Massachusetts since 1994. In 1996, he became the founding leader of the Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board.

In addition, Rev. Hamilton is very active in the Boston community as a founding leader of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) where he serves as its President today, and also has served as an Executive Board Member for the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston (BMA) since 1995.

Poor Jesus
January 22, 2008

Br. Jack Rathschmidt

Br. Jack will talk about the life, culture and times of St. Francis of Assisi whose only dream was to follow the “poor and humble Christ,” asking: Can a 13th century saint be a model for 21st century living?

Br. Jack Rathschmidt, a Capuchin Franciscan priest, holds an M.Th. in spirituality from the Weston College School of Theology and a Ph.D. from Fordham University in Historical Theology. Presently the director of the Post Novitiate Program for the Capuchins in Jamaica Plain, Ma., he has spoken in more than 60 dioceses, including keynote addresses at the East Coast Conference in Religious Education, The Hofinger Institute, and the Chicago religious education conference. With Gaynell Cronin he has also written more than 50 videos for children and for 6 years was a columnist for FaithWorks. Together they wrote Rituals for Home and Parish. (Paulist, 1996) and The Blessing Candles (St. Anthony, 2000) and Nurturing Today’s Children, (Liguori, 2002). Their most recent book, Doorways to Holiness, was published by Paulist Press in 2006. Since returning to Boston five years ago, he has drawn on his training at the National Multi-cultural Institute to work with the strategy team of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, a group of civic and religious leaders who advocate for justice especially in the areas of health care, youth safety and eldercare.

American Jesus
January 29, 2008

Dr. Stephen Prothero

How have Americans made Jesus over into their own image? And how chameleonic is Jesus as a result—black and white, warrior and pacifist, Ku Klux Klansman and civil rights agitator—just to name a few!

Dr. Stephen Prother is Chair of the Department of Religion at Boston University. Author of a bunch of books, most recently, American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon and Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know—And Doesn’t. Dr. Prothero has also appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Postmodern Jesus
February 5, 2008

Dr. Jeff Hanson

Jeff Hanson teaches philosophy at Boston College. He was film department editor for Regeneration Quarterly magazine, and his film criticism has appeared in a variety of publications.

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