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Pre Convocation Workshop

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
All welcome, registration is required

with The Rev. Dr. Patricia Dutcher-Walls
“Being Biblical Readers in a Pluralistic World”

What core questions help define the identity of a Biblical people and Biblical readers today? What values and attitudes are the marks of a Biblical people in an age of pluralism and diversity? This workshop will help participants understand and engage ways of reading Old Testament texts that reflect the changing and pluralistic world in which we find ourselves. After an initial lecture and discussion, participants will get some hands-on practice in small groups to explore some new perspectives on reading the Bible.

Dr. Dutcher-Walls is Professor of Hebrew Scripture and Dean of Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology. She holds a Doctor of Theology in Old Testament/Biblical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. She has published several books and a number of articles in scholarly and religious journals. Her forthcoming book is Reading the Historical Books: A Student’s Guide to Engaging the Biblical Text. A life-long Presbyterian, she was ordained by the United Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1978 and is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. She has been active in the church through positions in campus chaplaincy, part-time congregational leadership, preaching, and social ministries. With a love of teaching, she has led numerous adult education courses, retreats, and continuing education courses. She is married to a Lutheran minister and has two grown children.

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