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HB103—What Does it Mean to be Wise?

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gotwisdomWhat Does it Mean to be Wise?

VST Academy

Grace Presbyterian Church, Calgary, AB
March 12 to 13, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2:00 to 5:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm (public lecture)
Friday, March 13, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm


What does it mean to be wise? To know how to love, be strong through suffering, or kind in speech and action? To see through life’s superficialities and wax philosophical about its ups and downs? All these answers and more are found in Biblical wisdom literature, as it explores enduring human questions about creation, ecology, money, gender, sexuality and responsibility. In this continuing education course (1.0 credit), we will explore some surprisingly modern Biblical perspectives on these questions, guided by the books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Ben Sirach. Lecture, discussion, and text study will take us through the Biblical mindset into our own explorations.

Audit $132.50
Certificate $187.50

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About Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan

Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan is Interim Director of the Iona Pacific Inter-religious Centre at the Vancouver School of Theology. Previously she served as Rabbi of Or Shalom (Light of Peace) Synagogue in Vancouver and Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA. Together with her husband, psychologist and musician Charles Kaplan, she is parent of two young adult children and caretaker of a changing array of companion animals. An award-winning teacher, Laura brings wisdom literature to life through her love of spirituality, scripture, literature, philosophy, and active adult learning techniques.

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