This Sunday's Scripture focus is Mark 4:26-34 in which Jesus presents the parable of the mustard seed. Our guest musician is Kristine Pacheco-Bernt. Pastor Jen will be back in the pulpit. Her sermon is titled "Playing the Long Game." See you in person or on Livestream.
Kristine Pacheco-Bernt is a professional violinist, arts administrator, and music educator motivated to make instrumental music relevant within the community. Raised at the intersection of mariachi and Mozart, she draws upon over a decade of performing and teaching experience. Kristine strongly believes in the power of creative youth development through music and is proud to bring her perspective and skills to the non-profit arts sector. Kristine holds a Master’s degree in violin performance from San Francisco State University and dual Bachelor degrees in Music and Premedical Studies from University of California Berkeley. She performs regularly throughout the central coast with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, the Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Santa Maria Philharmonic. She devotes her spare time to playing board games with her husband and spoiling her pug, Hilda.
This Sunday we will present a lecture by Jeorg Rieger, entitled “The Christ and Christian Europe: Divine Justice and Injustice from the series, “GOD & IMPERIAL POWER: Jesus & Economic Injustice.” Dr. Rieger focuses on the 11th Century in England because of the particular time and place in English history. The period is one heavily shaped by the recent Norman Conquest of England in 1066, and Professor Rieger chooses this historical “matrix” to further investigate the interdependent relationship that exists between Christianity and empire. In the 700 years following Constantine’s effort to fashion Christianity into the official religion of the Empire, the power of Popes has grown exponentially. Europe is pulled back and forth between the competing powers of Kings and Popes and Christian theology mirrors the tensions of the time.
In this series, John Dominic Crossan and Joerg Rieger expand our awareness of the historic collusion between Christianity and the empires of the west, from Jesus’ non-violent program of resistance to Roman Imperialism under Augustus, to the imperialistic “partnerships” of the 21st Century. Individually, these two scholars are powerhouses. Together, they are explosive.