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The Secret Life of Hope:
Reading the Beatitudes

an Advent zoom course by

Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat
Sermon on the Mount, Mafa Jesus, Cameroon
Are the Beatitudes a fantasy vision
of an impossible world?

Or was Jesus providing a glimpse
of a radical new world,
where hunger, mourning,
poverty, and innocence
are the seeds of God's new community,
bringing healing and reconciliation
for all?

Who might be at the heart
of that community today?

Pay what you can.

Suggested amounts:  $125 (full fee)                 
                                        $ 75 (reduced fee)
                                         $ 40 (discounted fee)

It is also possible to have your course fees covered by our scholarship fund.


7:00 - 9:00 pm EST


Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19

via Zoom*

*recordings will be available
for those unable to attend all sessions.

This course  is for anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of the Bible and its relation to contemporary life. All are welcome, regardless of denominational or religious affiliation. No prior knowledge of the Bible is necessary.

Course Format and Requirements

Each class will run on zoom for two hours with a 5 minute break half-way through. Although the bulk of the class will consist of Sylvia teaching, participants will also be able to post questions and points for discussion in the chat which Sylvia will monitor and answer. Powerpoint will be used periodically to show biblical texts and illustrations.


Each class will be recorded. Students who miss a class can request a link to watch the recording.  Registrants can also follow the entire course through the recordings. The recordings will not be posted in any other context.


There are no assignments and no required reading for this course, although suggestions for further reading will be made as the course progresses.

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