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Weber Lecture Will Explore Humor in the Bible and Paul’s Letters

Dr. Douglas Adams, who will lead this discussion

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Moravian Theological Seminary’s will hold the annual Weber Lecture featuring a talk by Dr. Douglas Adams entitled “Bringing to Life the Humor of Jesus’ Parables and Paul’s Letters” on Thursday, March 11, 2004 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. The public is welcome and admission is free-of-charge.

The first part of this two-session lecture will focus on bringing to life the graceful humor of Jesus’ parables and miracles. Jesus’ stories tell of the truth with many rough edges, including unethical and ambiguous characters and surprise endings. Participants will laugh as they realize that they too may live through rough times but in the process create their own stories.

Session two will emphasis the humor found in Paul’s letters. The humor helps participants to appreciate opposing views and take less seriously their own views as ultimately important. These letters will help participants to develop their own storytelling about their churches and other groups to help heal communities.

Dr. Douglas Adams, who will lead this discussion, is a professor of arts at Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, Ca. Adams has authored eight books including The Prostitute in the Family Tree: Discovering Humor and Irony in the Bible, and Eyes to See Wholeness: Visual Arts Informing Biblical and Theological Studies. He has also edited eighteen books, most recently Postmodern Worship and the Arts. Dr. Adams is a post-doctoral Smithsonian Fellow and has spoken at eight hundred colleges and conferences.

The sons of Rev. Christian O. Weber and his wife, Dorothy Pfohl Weber established the Weber Memorial Lectures in 1950 in memory of their parents. For more information, contact the Office of Continuing Education at Moravian Theological Seminary at (610) 861-1519.