Florida Southern holds annual Bible Symposium
LAKELAND, Fla. (March 17, 2008) —The Department of Religion at Florida Southern College will hold its annual Bible Symposium on March 27-28. The event will be held in the William M. Hollis Seminar Room on campus starting Thursday at 10 a.m. with registration at 9:30 a.m. The day's sessions conclude at 3 p.m. Friday's sessions begin at 9 a.m. with refreshments at 8:30 a.m. and the symposium will adjourn at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The theme of this year's symposium is "Jesus and Empire." This topic poses questions from Christians and persons of other faiths who are reconsidering what it means to be citizens of national states. How do religious faith and national patriotism intersect? How do marginalized citizens function in relationship to an oppressive secular political power? Over which issues and in what ways should institutional faith communities express support for, or criticisms of, policies of their national governments? Is there guidance in the New Testament as to how Jesus might have related to the power of Imperial Rome? One of the major challenges to the contemporary Church is to reflect on and answer questions such as these.
Lunch on Thursday will be available in the Hollis Room for $5. Two Continuing Education Units are available for those attending both days of the symposium.
For further information and reservations, contact 863-680-4180.