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Announcing the 2010 Bartimaeus Institutes

bartimaeuslogo2Our friends from California, Elaine Enns and Ched Myers, are hosting two powerful times of deep reflection on the Bible and its implications for the work of reconciliation and eco-justice. More information below from Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries Website:

The Bartimaeus Institute (BI) is a mid-winter opportunity for pastors, activists and students for intensive study of scripture and social justice with Ched Myers and others in the beautiful coastal foothills of central California.

Dates for the 2010 Institute:

– January 18-22, 2010: Ambassadors of Reconciliation: A Theology and Diverse Practices of Restorative Justice, with Elaine Enns and Ched Myers. Elaine and Ched will work from their new Orbis book, providing biblical reflections, analytical models and contemporary examples. They will be joined by special guests Rev. Nelson and Joyce Johnson of Beloved Community Center, who will talk about Greensboro’s journey from the Sit-Ins to the Truth and Community Reconciliation Project. We will also hear from doctoral candidate Rev. Geoff Broughton from Sydney, Australia talk on “Paul’s Damascus Road Conversion as Restorative Justice.” Register soon, as it’s filling up! Download a flyer here.

– February 22-26, 2010: Luke, Sabbath Economics and Eco-justice, with Ched Myers, co-sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. We will commemorate the fifth anniversary of the martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang in Brazil. Reflecting on Dot’s work and witness, we will focus on how people of faith can integrate Creation spirituality with liberation ecojustice. We will also study Year C lections from Luke as they relate to economic and environmental justice. Download a flyer here.

The Institute runs from Monday 5 pm thru Friday noon. Registration: Commuter Fee: $400. Residential: $575 (double occupancy), $685 (single occupancy). Academic credit and limited scholarships available. Space is limited to 25 per Institute. Register thru our website, email us at or call 323-449-5170.

For more information and to register go to BCM’s website.