Voices on the River: The Many Meanings of Water
4:00 pm16:00

Voices on the River: The Many Meanings of Water

  • Padelford Riverboats

    Water is the essence of life and a powerful, universal spiritual symbol. 

    Join us as we engage in discussion, text study and exploration of the centrality of water to both our physical and spiritual lives; from the perspective of various religious, environmental and spiritual practices. 

Teachers include: 

Ramona Kitto Stately, Member Santee Sioux Nation, Artist, Dakota Educator

Ken Keiyu Ford, Lay Teacher, Clouds in Water Zen Center

Camille J. Gage, Musician, Artist and Activist

Rev. Dr. John Marboe, Pastor, Humanities Professor and Laborer

Rabbi Sharon Stiefel, Mayim Rabim Congregation and Sholom Johnson Hospice

Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein, Artisan Rabbi, Staff at Hineni, Apple Specialist


Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning

She Lifts Her Voice in the Streets: Jews and Christians Engage in a Quest for Wisdom
6:30 pm18:30

She Lifts Her Voice in the Streets: Jews and Christians Engage in a Quest for Wisdom

All religious traditions seek wisdom, yet have difficulty defining it. This three- session course will explore Wisdom/Chochma/Sophia, which is often portrayed as both radiant and hidden, kind and cunning, created and creative, seductive and demure, granting both blessing and pain, crying out yet often ignored. 

Anchored by three Jewish Hassidic stories, we will bring life experience and knowledge to the search, supported by words from both Jewish and Christian tradition. Enjoy a lively, facilitated discussion inviting participants to hear the voice of Wisdom in their lives. 

Sponsored by Wisdom Ways, taught by Rev. Dr. John Marboe and Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein.

10:30 am10:30

Cunning Wisdom: Hebrew Midwives and Other Examples of the Trickster Spirit in Biblical Narrative


 The Bible is filled with characters who employ clever misdirection and deception to subvert power and expectations. These archetypal “tricksters,” present in many mythic stories, are richly present in biblical narratives.  Hermes, the Greek mythic character who is both trickster and divine messenger, lives on in hermeneutics, a traditional word for biblical interpretation.

Beginning with Shiphrah and Puah, the Hebrew midwives who tricked Pharaoh to save children, this Jewish-Christian conversation (with Rev. John Marboe and Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein) will explore this vitally important, fascinating and under-appreciated theme in our shared and distinct traditions. Using Rabbinic midrashim or commentary and the parables of Jesus that reflect and value this aspect of human-divine dealings, we will tangle with the problems and possibilities these crafty characters pose to how we understand the Bible, God’s will, and how to live.

10:30 am10:30

Breaking Bad: A Jewish and Christian Wrestling with Dysfunction, Suffering, and the Question of Sin in the Bible.

January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2015


This multi-traditions approach will look at stories of family dysfunction, moral betrayal, personal suffering and the roots of violence and evil. In each session Rev. John Marboe and Rabbi Alan Shavit-Lonstein will encourage students to encounter texts honestly and to struggle with ramifications. They will then share interpretations from their own traditions, inviting a further grappling and search for possible meanings. These classes encourage discussion and active participation. Open to all religious persuasions.