Friday, 28 November 2014

December meeting: Saturday 6 December 2014

What is Christmas all about?

For many people Christmas is deeply unsatisfying. What is its true meaning? Can we make more sense of it if we look closely at the birth narratives in the gospels?

Definitive answers are not guaranteed. But it's worth a try. At our festive-themed December meeting we will be listening to a fascinating interview by scholar John Dominic Crossan in which he explores the birth of Christ as told in the gospels of Matthew and Luke.

What do the familiar stories about stables, mangers, angels and shepherds, wise men and escaping into Egypt mean? Why are the versions so different? Why were they written?

Expect insights and surprises. And joy and peace, which are in Luke but not Matthew.* There will also be mince pies, which are not mentioned by either Matthew or Luke.

Everyone welcome - existing fans, newcomers and the simply curious.
The Garden Room at Great Meeting Chapel on Saturday 6th December 2.30 - 4.30 pm

Doors open, with drinks available, from 2.00. 

The chapel is at 5 East Bond Street, Leicester, LE1 4SX (just across the road from John Lewis). There is a small (free) car park. A donation of £3 per person covers room hire and other costs.

For more information, use the contact details on the right. We're very friendly.

* Correction: On closer inspection, joy is in Matthew 2:10, in describing the magi: "When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy." Sorry for the misinformation. The mince pies will be flawless.

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