Jesus: The Person and the Way

Online course with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership: September 18 – November 6, 2017
In-Person Day: Saturday, October 7 at the ECMN Retreat Center in Faribault. You can also attend this day by videoconference from Trinity Church, Park Rapids MN.

Many people in the Episcopal Church today are talking about a ‘Jesus Movement’—including the Presiding Bishop. What might that look like? Join Reed Carlson to read the four Gospels as a theological story by emphasizing two themes: First, Jesus Christ is presented literarily as the fulfillment of the Jewish scriptures. Second, Jesus mentored his followers, equipping them to proclaim the good news and to form communities of disciples. This course will focus on how leaders can preach, teach, and make disciples in the Way of Jesus in their local communities.

Required readings:

  • Hays, Richard B. Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014. (Available from Amazon and elsewhere:
  • A modern, non-paraphrased translation of the Bible. A study or annotated Bible is recommended but not required. (Both the HarperCollins Study Bible and the Oxford Annotated Bible are excellent options
  • Additional, shorter readings will be provided electronically at no additional cost.

Cost: $300

Instructor: The Rev. Reed Carlson.

Reed Carlson is a doctoral candidate in the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University. A Fulbright scholar and Episcopal Church Foundation fellow, Reed has taught biblical studies courses at Harvard Divinity School, Luther Seminary, North Central University, and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Before doctoral work, Reed was the Campus Minister at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Saint Paul, MN and he currently serves as a teaching priest at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge, MA. His research concerns spirit phenomena in biblical literature and in Second Temple Judaism.

Register here.