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Crisis, Immigration, and Imagination: a conversation in Billings, MT
Friday, March 29, 2019 to Saturday, March 30, 2019

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Billings First Congregational Church
310 N 27th St.
Billings, MT 59101

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Join Rev. Chebon Kernell of the General Board of Global Ministries, and Dr. Hal Taussig, a United Methodist pastor and professor, for Crisis, Immigration and Imagination: Loss and Reclaiming of Peoplehood in the Ancient and Post-Modern Worlds. This event will take place at Billings First Congregational Church in Billings, Montana from March 29 to 30.

The event is organized by Westar Institute, whose regional programs bring religious scholars and experts into conversation with communities across North America to discuss issues in current biblical and theological research and scholarship.

This event will focus on the question: What if the New Testament and related texts were not written to start a new religion but to address dislocations of populations, violence, and loss within the Roman Empire? 

Inspired by 21st-century studies, scholars Chebon Kernell and Hal Taussig will look at this literature as texts expressing diverse elements of protest and liberation while addressing similar conditions and renewal in Native American settings.

What new interpretations of popular "Christian" texts result from this approach? Join us in DC to be part of the conversation.

Chebon Kernell (M.Div, Phillips Theological Seminary) is the Executive Secretary of Native American and Indigenous Ministries, for the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. In this role, Rev. Kernell raises awareness, increases advocacy, and supports equality among Native American and Indigenous communities. He is an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and is of Muscogee Creek heritage.

Hal Taussig (Ph.D. The Union Institute) is Professor of Early Christianity at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and an ordained United Methodist pastor on special assignment by his bishop. For the past fifteen years, he has served as visiting Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Taussig is the editor of the award-winning A New New Testament (2013), and author of fourteen books, including In the Beginning Was the Meal (2009).
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