Monday, 13 September, 7.30 to 9pm
In sermons, Sunday by Sunday we say Jesus was a great teacher. In RE lessons, we tell stories that Jesus told. Many Christians look to Jesus as their teacher. What do we mean by this? How could it influence the priorities of parishes, schools, dioceses and the national church?
Mark will explore Gospel evidence of Jesus’s teaching from a teacher’s point of view, paying attention to the rabbinical techniques, humour, sharp tongue, and hermeneutical radicalism that lie half-hidden in the text of the Gospels. He will speculate about Jesus’s teaching mind and the nature of the Trinity as a dynamic learning community and model for the church.
‘Do not be afraid of learning’ – because so many churches are, deep down, afraid of the complicated journey with a teaching and learning Christ.
Mark Chater is a former teacher, researcher, policy maker and charity director, writing on Christianity, worldviews and education. He lives in south Cumbria and is a Professor of Practice in worldviews education at the University of Cumbria. Among other works, he wrote Jesus Christ, Learning Teacher (SCM Press, 2020).