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For Christians in the 21st century, nothing can be more important than understanding how the Jesus of the 1st century relates to us now. This is not an academic question but one that affects every aspect of how we live our lives in faith.

We are fortunate to welcome two of the most renowned scholars in this field, Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, who have a gift for transforming the results of historical research into a new and vibrant appreciation of what it means to follow Jesus today.

All are invited to share in this exciting opportunity to deepen our faith and renew our vision of Christ in the 21st century.


Friday Evening Lecture

7:30pm The Gospels: Then and Now
Note: This lecture is free - no registration required

Saturday Workshops

9:00am The Kingdom and the Way:
The Message and Activity of Jesus
10:30am Coffee Break
11:00am Execution and Resurrection:
Good Friday and Easter
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Following Jesus Today:
Being Christian in a Time of Empire
Workshop Registration $30 (Student $15)

Sunday Worship

8:15am, 9:30am & 11:00am
  Marcus Borg (Preacher)
9:30am & 11:00am
  John Dominic Crossan (Adult Sunday School)
All are invited to Sunday worship


Marcus Borg

Marcus BorgMarcus Borg is internationally known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar. Holder of the Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007, he is the author of sixteen books, including Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (1994), the single best-selling book by a contemporary Jesus scholar.

Described by The New York Times as "a leading figure among the new generation of Jesus scholars," he has made many TV appearances. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he has been national chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and co-chair of its International New Testament Program Committee, and a past president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars.

His last two books, The Last Week and The First Christmas, were co-authored with Crossan.

John Dominic Crossan

John Dominic CrossanJohn Dominic Crossan is an internationally repected scholar, who has authored 23 books on the historical Jesus, the development of early Christianity, and the life and letters of Paul, as well as appearing in numerous TV and radio interviews, public and video lectures and courses. His book, The Birth of Christianity, was a Publishers Weekly "best book of the year" in 1998. For ten years, he was the Co-Chair of the Jesus Seminar and, for six years, chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Born in Ireland, Crossan was educated in Ireland and the United States, before conducting post doctoral research in Rome and Jerusalem. He was an ordained priest until 1969 when he joined the faculty of DePaul University in Chicago until retirement in 1995.


The Last Week

Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan

"Borg and Crossan's The Last Week shows one of the most careful and insightful readings of the Bible I've ever come across."
    Brian McLaren, Author of A New Kind of Christian

"It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this volume"
    Barbara Brown Taylor, Author of The Preaching Life

The First Christmas

Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan

"Borg and Crossan have given us new lenses through which to view the light of the Gospel accounts of Jesus’s birth."
    Rev. John Bryson Chane, Episcopal Bishop of Washington, D.C

"Finding in the Nativity Stories not only poetry and piety but also parable and politics, Borg and Crossan recover the challenge of Christmas for the first century and the twenty-first."
    Amy-Jill Levine, Author of The Misunderstood Jew

Meeting Jesus for the First Time

Marcus J. Borg

"In every generation there is a handful of writers of whom it can be said, ‘Read everything they write.’ Marcus Borg is one of these today: a writer of rare lucidity, original scholarly insights, profound spirituality, and the universal capacity to connect it all to life in the present. He just might change your mind—or life."
    Walter Wink, Author of The Powers That Be

The Birth of Christianity

John Dominic Crossan

"Crossan's critical methods, his accessible style, and his insightful conjectures breathe fresh air into contemporary debates about Jesus and early Christianity."
    Publishers Weekly



The Friday evening lecture is free and does not require prior registration. You may register for the Saturday workshops at the Friday lecture, but please note that lunch is no longer included.

• Registration: $30
• Student Registration: $15

Download the registration form and bring it to the Friday evening lecture.


First United Methodist Church

1032 Maple Avenue

Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone: (630) 968-7120

Fax: (630) 968-4901

Email: dgfumc@dgfumc.org


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