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Sharing Stories that Shape Us

Parables & Midrash in Conversation
Six Wednesday evenings, beginning October 14 | 7 PM-8:30PM

Join Christ Church Cranbrook and Temple Beth El for our first-ever joint Interfaith Education program as we read our Scriptures together. Both parables and midrash provide us with powerful insights into our life with God by giving us images of holy living that are often paradoxical and layered with meaning. In the process, they provide us with a window through which to view our own complex, contradictory, and sometimes chaotic lives.

In addition to Rev. Bill Danaher and Rabbi Mark Miller, we will be joined by Vanderbilt University Professor Amy-Jill Levine, who will unpack six parables from the Gospel of Luke that hold particular insight into the ways that Christians and Jews view sacred stories.

This series is open to the community – all welcome!

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Questions? Email Father Chris

About the Program Leaders

Dr. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt (Divinity and A&S); she is also Affiliated Professor, Woolf Institute: Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge University. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and Short Stories by Jesus; four children’s books (with Sandy Sasso); The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III); and The Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-edited with Marc Brettler).  In 2020 she published The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently (with Marc Brettler); and Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven… Read More

Rabbi Mark Miller serves as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He attended Northwestern University, where he received a dual degree in Psychology and History. Subsequently, he earned his M.A. in Hebrew letters and Rabbinic ordination from the Reform Movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Prior to arriving in Michigan, Rabbi Miller has worked at synagogues in Denver, Los Angeles, and Houston since 1993. He spent 11 years directing Jewish summer camps – first at Shwayder Camp in Colorado, then at the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps in Malibu. … Read More

The Rev. Dr. William J. Danaher, Jr. is Rector of Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Canon for Interfaith and Ecumenical Relations for the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan. Previously, he was Dean of the Faculty of Theology and the Huron-Lawson Chair of Pastoral and Moral Theology at Huron University College in London, Ontario, Associate Professor in the John Henry Hobart Chair in Moral Theology at General Seminary in New York City, New York, and Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Read More

Watch Previous Episodes

Week One: The Lost Son (Luke 15:11-32)

Week Two: Cain & Abel (Genesis 4:1-16)

Week Three: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

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Week Four: The Rape of Dina (Genesis 34:1-31)

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Week Five: The Dishonest Steward (Luke 16:1-13)

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Week Six: Jacob & Esau (Genesis 27:1-41)