Troubling Parables For Today

Clarence Jordan was a scientific farmer and Christian Scriptures Greek scholar. In 1942, he founded Koinonia Farm, an experiment in interracial living, in Americus Georgia. Such audacious living was based upon Jordan’s understanding of the demands of Jesus.  Utilizing Clarence Jordan’s Cotton Patch Version of the Scriptures, the class will examine how to read the parables of Jesus in the context of today. Jordan’s parables were written during a time of great racial division and conflict. How do we re-contextualize the revolutionary message of Jesus to empower today’s needs and insurrections? Who are the players today? The course is particularly relevant for preachers, religious educators, and leaders of secular movements.