Dark Beginnings: The Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mark

Dark Beginnings: The Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Mark

Dates: Tuesdays, October 22nd, 29th, November 5th, November 12, 2019; 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
OneSpirit Elective Credit: 1.0
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Price: General Public: $ 100.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 90.00

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Who, really, was the historical Jesus, and what did he teach? The two earliest accounts of his life and instruction appear in the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas and the later canonical Gospel of Mark. Written perhaps some 30-40 years after his death, these offer complementary views of Jesus: Thomas purports to offer the “secret sayings” of this enigmatic rabbi, and Mark gives a pithy report of Jesus’s brief traveling ministry and healing, told without later additions of a virgin birth -- and starkly closing only with an empty tomb. Rather than a literal history, we confront a gorgeously dark mystic teaching and are left to ponder its resonance in our lives today. Across four evenings, we will gradually read these short ancient texts in modern translation and try to uncover the living mystery which is the consciousness of the Christ. We’ll also explore the contemplative spiritual practices intimated by these accounts. Join David Wallace in this exploration of the earliest extant history of Jesus taught seminary style. No previous knowledge is required or expected. If possible, please read the first nine chapters of the Gospel of Mark in any translation before our first gathering. We will be using Thomas Moore’s new translation of Mark as a reference text, but any modern translation will be welcome, and a number of translations will be used in the course of study. A translation of the Gospel of Thomas will be offered to registrants at the first gathering.

FACULTY:

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Rev. David Wallace

Rev. David Wallace was ordained as an interfaith minister in 2001 and has been a second-year teacher for One Spirit Interfaith Seminary since 2004. He is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, and has continued these studies as a lifelong student of the “great books” of philosophy and archetypal psychology. Prior to his work in ministry, David had an extensive career in publishing and marketing, and created the award-winning retail galleries The Enchanted Forest and After the Rain in Soho. He was a founding board member of the teaching facility Miriam’s Well in Saugerties, NY, and served on both the worship committee and board of Judson Memorial Church in NYC, where he also preached and taught centering prayer. David has an active ministry as a ceremony officiant, has served as a Spiritual Disaster Care Chaplain in NYC, and has been active with the Alzheimer’s Association. A popular teacher, David has been a regular guest lecturer at the Kripalu Institute in Lenox, MA, the Interspiritueel Seminarie in the Netherlands, and has taught at Integral Yoga, the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute, and other educational venues. In addition to teaching classes in the core curriculum of the seminary, David teaches electives on the sacred texts of both the Eastern and Western spiritual traditions for One Spirit.

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