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Event Series Event Series: Parables at the Annex

Parables at the Annex

October 4, 2023 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

FINAL NIGHT: Wednesday, October 4 at 7:00pm

All Saints’ Annex, aka O’Shaughnessy’s Public House 

(corner of Ravenswood & Wilson)

What does economic justice look like? What does it mean to love our enemy? This event will dive deeper into the power of storytelling to help answer these questions. We’ll look at some of the most provocative parables of Jesus, locating them in the rich history of Jewish storytelling and within the vibrant context of the New Testament gospels. 

Our conversations will be led by Olivia Stewart Lester, Assistant Professor of New Testament/Early Christianity at Loyola University Chicago. Her research specializes in prophecy and gender. When she’s not teaching, she loves enjoying the Uptown neighborhood with her spouse, 3-year-old daughter, and rambunctious hound dog. 

Join us as we consider what scholar Amy-Jill Levine has called “The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi,” and ask what they might have to say to us today.

Come have a drink and learn about and discuss some favorite parables. We’ll be led by Olivia Stewart Lester, professor of New Testament and Early Christian at Loyola University and former Yale Divinity classmate of Suzanne’s. Parables are confounding and enlightening: what do we think they tell us about God, about faith, and about ourselves, and how are they, ultimately, subversive and radical?