Annual Summer Scripture Seminar: "The Difficult Texts" featuring Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher

Saturday, August 22, 2015 9:00am to 12:15pm

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(En Español) The study of sacred Scripture is central to Christian tradition. Many of these sacred texts have served, and continue to serve, as a source of comfort in hard times, wisdom in the face of obstacles, and a call to justice for those abused and oppressed. But as familiar as many of us are with biblical parables of revelation and hope, we are equally familiar with the Bible’s more difficult texts – dashing infants against stones, calls for slavery, judgment against women, demonic possession, and so on.

Interpretations of difficult texts can present us with significant challenges. Many believers, who haven’t already felt alienated by these passages in Scripture, may simply dismiss them as non-authoritative. At worst, interpretations of difficult texts are used to justify horrible acts of cruelty towards others. Like it or not, though, these difficult texts are a part of the biblical canons of Christianity. How should we navigate these texts? What does the Christian tradition of biblical interpretation have to say? What are the implications for ministry and education in the Church?

Join us at LMU for a morning keynote and public discussion on these important questions and more.

8:15a   |   Registration and Check-in
9:00a   |   Keynote with Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher
10:30a |   Break
10:45a |   Panel Discussion with Dr. Susan Abraham and Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith
12:15p |  Close

To Attend
Sign-up online (click here) or call 310-338-2799 to register over the phone. Doors will open at 8:15 a.m. for check-in, coffee and light refreshments. In the event the workshop is canceled, participants will be notified by Wednesday, the week of the workshop. Registration fees are refunded only if the workshop is canceled; no refund for partial attendance or no-show.

About the Seminar
The Summer Scripture Seminar is a public day of discussion and reflection on current questions in the study of sacred Scripture.  For additional information, please contact the Center for Religion and Spirituality at (310) 338-2799 or e-mail

About the Speakers
Daniel Smith-Christopher, D.Phil. is professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University and is the author of several books, including Jonah, Jesus, and Other Good Coyotes: Speaking Peace to Power in the Bible, A Biblical Theology of Exile, and Introduction to the Old Testament: Our Invitation to Faith and Justice, a text for secondary school courses in Old Testament.

Susan Abraham, Th.D. is assistant professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Abraham's teaching and research explores postcolonial and feminist theological practices invigorating contemporary communities of faith. She is author of Identity, Ethics, and Nonviolence in Postcolonial Theory: A Rahnerian Theological Assessment.

Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith, M.Div. was ordained a Greek Catholic Priest of the Eparchy of Newton, MA, in 1987 and was assigned as Pastor of Saint Andrew Russian Greek Catholic Church in El Segundo, CA. Father Alexei served as president of the Interreligious Council of Southern California for five years and is the recipient of numerous commendations and awards.

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