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July 2

Reverend Josh Noah: Pyrotheology: Sacred Objects and the Meaningless Pursuit of Wholeness

Our culture teaches that in order for our lives to be happy, successful, and/or meaningful, we must achieve some form of "wholeness." That there is always some way of making life better. But what if wholeness is not actually possible? What if the constant pursuit of the Sacred Object of "wholeness" is actually exhausting us physically, emotionally, spiritually? By utilizing the pyrotheology of Irish theologian and philosopher Peter Rollins, Josh will attempt to describe what it means to receive your life - the good, the bad, and the ugly - instead of trying to achieve your life.
Biography: Reverend Josh Noah is a child of the Divine, father of three very different kids, a husband to Lawrence, the pastor of Open Table United Church of Christ, a clinical chaplain resident, and an ordained Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He received his M.Div. and M.A. (Christian Education/Youth Ministry) from Princeton Theological Seminary and his B.A. from Maryville College (TN). Before entering the ministry, Josh worked for over 10 years as an educator, teaching middle school, Montessori, and community college students.
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