The Adult Education program at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church will offer a special Advent series, “He Dwelt Among Us, Full of Grace and Truth: The Gospel of John’s Alternative Jesus.”

The classes will focus on a view of who Jesus was and why he came into the world that is different from the traditional one. The discussions will be led by Jerry Gill, a professor of philosophy and religion at Pima Community College, who will trace the personal, dialogical conversations Jesus is reported as having with a variety of people in the Gospel of John.

In Gill’s view, these conversations reveal a quite different Jesus from those of more traditional understandings, such as miracle worker and/or spiritual teacher. The first session, on Nov. 24, will explore John’s “prologue” and Jesus’ conversation with the so-called “adulterous woman.” The subsequent sessions, on Sundays Dec. 1-22, will trace other such conversations as they emerge within Jesus’ life and ministry throughout John’s Gospel. The classes are free and open to everyone and will take place at 11:45 in the Church Center directly after the 10:30 a.m. family-oriented Celebration Service.

There are two earlier Celebration Services as well each Sunday, one a primarily meditative service at 7:45 and another more traditional service at 9 a.m.

St. Francis in the Foothills is at 4625 E. River Road, at North Swan Road. For more information call the church office at 299-9063.