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The Many-Layered Riches of Ruth


6th November 2019, 10:00am - 4:00pm


St. Peter’s, Vere Street, London W1G 0DQ

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£20 - inc. lunch and refreshments

Ruth is a masterpiece, an apparently simple story of radical self-sacrificial love among ordinary people in a decaying culture, in difficult economic times, and in agonising personal circumstances – famine, widowhood, barrenness, displacement, migration.

Yet the text brims with allusions that invite the reader to make connections not only back to the patriarchs and Moses, but forward to Samuel and David and the Psalms. Compellingly, many of the actions of the characters resist easy interpretation or rapid reduction to teaching points. Rather we are invited to engage imaginatively, prayerfully, patiently in the unfolding drama, to put ourselves in the story, to consider how godly love should find active expression in our own apparently ordinary contexts – work, family, community – and to wonder at the loving character of the covenant redeemer God, ever at work in his world and in his people to fulfil his promises and purposes – in Ruth’s time and in ours.

This day will be led by Mark Greene, LICC’s Executive Director, and will involve a combination of input and interaction. It’s not only designed for church leaders and preachers and teachers but for anyone interested in immersing themselves in the text with a desire to allow Lord and Spirit to shape our imaginations, our minds and hearts and hands, for fruitful and faithful mission in our daily contexts.