June 13, 2012

Marianne Curtis l Gordon H. Matties

Marianne Curtis
June 19, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
Finding Gloria

Finding Gloria is the story of Marianne Curtis, a woman given up at birth and adopted by a family that settled in Southern Manitoba. The book chronicles Curtis’ upbringing in a home from which she eventually ran away. As a ward of Child and Family Services, she struggled to find herself after those years of abuse. After her adoptive mother’s death, Curtis discovered her birth family. In the process she found the love, peace and acceptance missing from the first forty years of her life.

Gordon H. Matties
June 19, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
Joshua: Believers Church Bible Commentary

In an age when ethnic nationalism continues to give rise to conflict, we dare not avoid critical engagement with biblical texts that have been used to justify colonialism, conquest, occupation, and ethnic cleansing. 

Gordon Matties advocates for the book of Joshua even as he engages in a difficult conversation with it. Matties calls for “an openness to the unexpected.” He suggests that reading Joshua will open windows into how and why we read Scripture at all. 

Matties is professor of biblical studies at Canadian Mennonite University. He also contributed to Abingdon Press’s The New Interpreter’s Study Bible. Matties has led numerous study tours to Israel/Palestine.

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