april, 2022

This is a repeating event

27apr7:00 pm8:00 pmThe Acts of the Spirit in our CommunitiesEach Wednesday between Easter and Pentecost


(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Event Details

“The reading and the interpretation of the Holy Word must always bend toward the communal.” — Willie James Jennings

About this event

Each Wednesday between Easter and Pentecost, the Festival Center will host an intercommunal space for collective study & discernment, using the Book of Acts as our common source. We will gather to explore and ask the question: what is the Spirit up to in our communities? In addition to the weekly lectionary scripture from the Book of Acts, we will also delve into Willie James Jennings’ commentary on Acts, which centers race, language, empire and diaspora as important hermeneutical prisms. Leaders from different faith communities will take turns opening our time each week.

Dr. Willie James Jennings is a liberation theologian, minister & adjunct professor at Yale Divinity School. He is the author of three books, including Acts: Revolution of the Intimate.


  • Week 1: 4/20 (7-8 pm EST) The Unity of Suffering (Acts 5:18-42)
  • Week 2: 4/27 (7-8 pm EST) Disrupting Life (Acts 9:1-19)
  • Week 3: 5/4 (7-8 pm EST) The Repetition of Jesus (Acts 9:31-43)
  • Week 4: 5/11 (7-8 pm EST) The Transgressing God (Acts 11:1-18)
  • Week 5: 5/18 (7-8 pm EST) The Spirit & the End of Segregation (Acts 16:1-15)
  • Week 6: 5/25 (7-8 pm EST) Shaking the Prison Foundations (Acts 16:16-34)
  • Week 7: 6/1 (7-8 pm EST) The Sound of Intimacy (Acts 2:1-13)

Purchase of commentary strongly encouraged but not mandatory. Before April 10th, you can purchase & pick up the book through the Potter’s House for a reduced rate ($30). For a reduced rate, or if you have questions, please email us at info@festivalcenter.org.

Register for the first class today and we will send you the link to join online!

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