The Presbyterian Church in Morristown welcomes the return of Dr. Stephen Moore, Professor of New Testament Studies at Drew Theological School, to our Sunday Morning Seminar on September 29, at 9:15 a.m. at the PCM Parish House on 65 South Street in Morristown. Dr. Moore was a member of the Council for a New New Testament, an interdenominational and interfaith group of scholars and spiritual leaders that discussed and reconsidered which books belong in the New Testament, eventually voting on ten books to be added. In the first of three sessions, Dr. Moore will give us an introduction into the process of how the New Testament was selected. Then, the following two weeks he’ll look closely at some of the books that were left out. New texts are the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the Acts of Paul and Thecla, plus others with pieces of poetry and prayers. A New New Testament, edited by Hal Taussig, was published in March 2013.
Dr. Moore is a prominent New Testament Scholar who has authored and edited over 15 books and 60 academic articles. A native of Ireland, Stephen D. Moore received his Ph.D. from the University of Dublin (Trinity College), and has taught in Ireland, Great Britain and the United States, most recently at Drew Theological School.
Also on Sunday morning, September 29, join us for worship at 9:15 and 11 a.m. in the PCM Sanctuary at 57 East Park Place led by Reverend Dr. David Smazik. Church School for children ages 3 through 14 will be held at the PCM Parish House at 9:15 a.m. There will be a Time for Young Christians at the 11 a.m. service. Child care is available at Howard House, next door to the church.
Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., kicks off our new season of Faith on Film with 56 Up – the latest in the acclaimed documentary series Seven Up. This series profiled about a dozen 7 year olds in the 1960s from diverse British backgrounds to explore questions of class and social mobility. A new film has been released every 7 years since extending the study of the same individuals as they progress through their lives. When he reviewed 56 Up near the end of his own life, Roger Ebert wrote “It is a mystery, this business of life. I can’t think of any other cinematic undertaking that allows us to realize that more deeply.”