Jerry Gill will trace the conversations Jesus is reported as having in the Gospel of John.

Courtesy of Jim Palka

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.