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Jesus the Storyteller: the parables then and now

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Paula Gooder in conversation with Richard Coles.

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Premiered on YouTube and then available on catch-up.

Playful, thought-provoking and disruptive, Jesus’ parables reveal him as a storyteller who evokes mysterious worlds, and a conjurer for the imagination who both asks more questions than he makes statements and weaves more stories than he gives commandments. His parables range from quickfire images to long allegorical narratives with lots of characters, and use the stuff of everyday life – weeds, money, parties, family relationships - to disrupt what we, as much as his first listeners, think we know about God, the world and ourselves.

Paula Gooder will be in conversation with Richard Coles about the parables and their enduring power to shock and surprise, and how they challenge us to live our faith in the 21st century.

Dr Paula Gooder is a renowned Biblical scholar, Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and the author of numerous bestselling books including Phoebe: A Story, Heaven, The Body and The Parables, the latest in her Biblical Explorations series from Canterbury Press.

The Revd Richard Coles is the Vicar of Finedon, presenter of Radio Four’s Saturday Live and the author of books including The Madness of Grief and Fathomless Riches, or How I Went from Pop to Pulpit.

The event is free, but if you are able to make a donation to the continuing learning programme at St Paul’s Cathedral when you register for the event we would be very grateful.

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The Adult Learning department at St Paul’s Cathedral explores Christian life, ethics and spirituality. The programme is open to all and includes public debates, reflective study days, meditative services, retreats, workshops and talks. All are welcome and bursaries are available if the cost of the event is prohibitive for you. (Please email adultlearning@stpaulscathedral.org.uk for more information on our bursaries).

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