Clergy Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Jose Francisco Morales Torres
At a recent gathering it was suggested that our times call for a multicultural Bible Study on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Well, gifts do appear when needed. Rev. Dr. Jose Morales, Professor at Chicago Theological Seminary will lead a study in January to help us remember our calling.
Study Series Title:
Sermon on the Mount: The Law of the Gospel for a Multiracial, Interreligious World
Some refer to the Sermon on the Mount as the “life of uncompromising discipleship” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) and “the highest instructions ever known” (His Holiness Shenouda III). It has inspired the mysticism and prophetic activism the Desert Mothers and Fathers, Hadewijch of Brabant, and Martin Luther King, Jr. It has compelled even for those who do not claim Christianity as their own, like Gandhi, al-Ghazzali, and others. As Matthew portrays it, the Sermon on the Mount is the “law” of the Gospel. In this study, we will retrieve the rich wisdom of Matthew 5-7 to ground and deepen our ministry and witness in this multiracial and interreligious world.
Rev. Dr. José Francisco Morales Torres is the Assistant Professor of Latinx Studies and Religion at Chicago Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). His ministry experience is broad, including congregational pastorate, community organizing, wider denominational leadership, and education. He is married to Rev. Daphne M. Gascot Arias, also ordained in the DOC, is currently working on her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible. They share life and laughs with their daughter Daphne Magnolia and their super pup Luna.