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Inhabiting the Psalms:
Ancient Songs for a Time of Crisis

an Advent zoom course by

Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat

James Tissot, The Flight of the Prisoners

How do we sing our faith
when the world appears
to be crumbling around us?

How did the Psalmists sing praise
in the face of deep grief
in the face of violence and loss
when hope seemed remote?

Each week we will inhabit
a number of the Psalms
alongside more recent musical
and poetic reworkings of those Psalms.

In so doing,
perhaps we will catch a glimpse
of how the songs of our faith
reveal the advent longings
of our world 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. 26, Dec. 3, 10, 17

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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