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“THE STORIES JESUS TOLD: A RETREAT WITH THE PARABLES”
June 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - June 26, 2017 @ 12:30 pm
Presented by Sisters Mary Boys and Miriam Malone, SNJM
Parables, one commentator has said, are “tiny lumps of coal squeezed into diamonds, condensed metaphors that catch the rays of something ultimate and glint it at our lives.” Wonderfully enigmatic, vivid, and often humorous, parables have a disorienting quality. They jolt us out of familiar territory and invite us into other perspectives. As a distinctive characteristic of the teaching of Jesus, parables “trapped people into thought.” So, too, will we find ourselves caught up in these stories, seeing our lives and our world through new lenses—and with deepened appreciation for the teachings of Jesus as invitations to live more joyfully.
Mary C. Boys, SNJM, is the Dean of Academic Affairs and the Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York City. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Prior to her present appointment, she served for 17 years on the faculty of Boston College.
Prof. Boys is the author of several books, including: Jewish-Christian Dialogue: One Woman’s Experience (1997) and Redeeming our Sacred Story: The Death of Jesus and Relations between Jews and Christians (2013).
She has served on the advisory committee for the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the United States Catholic Bishops. She was the recipient in 2005 of the Sternberg Award from the International Council of Christians and Jews. A Seattle native, she has been a member since 1965 of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, a congregation of Roman Catholic women. See also https://utsnyc.edu/academics/faculty/mary-c-boys-75-78/
Miriam Malone, SNJM, D. Min., is a Sister of the Holy Names experienced in educational, liturgical, and retreat ministries. Formerly an adjunct member of the Masters Program in Pastoral Ministry at Holy Names University, she is now engaged in pastoral care in addition to her work as a consultant for RCIA team formation. She and Mary Boys, SNJM, have co-facilitated previous retreats at Villa Maria del Mar.