Retiring pastor will co-host classes based on 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

2014-03-06T00:00:00Z Retiring pastor will co-host classes based on 'Jesus Christ Superstar'Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 06, 2014 12:00 am  • 

David Wilkinson, senior pastor of St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, and Frank Williams, the church’s founding pastor, will present a six-week series of classes on the questions, doubts and inspiration that emerge from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical, “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

The classes start at 11:45 a.m. Sunday and continue at the same time the subsequent five Sundays.

The musical will serve as a reference about how much of the Jesus story has been turned into “systems of orthodox beliefs that do not speak to many Christians,” according to a news release from the church. “Jesus has too often been turned into some sort of first-century magician with a spiritual bent. This class will lift up the similarities between the political, economic and cultural challenges that Jesus faced in first-century Palestine and what we face today.”

The pastors will approach Jesus not as a unique man of divine perfection sent by God to be sacrificed for the sins of the world, but more a “brother who demonstrated, with courage and inspiration, how to address the perennial challenges that we all face.“

The class will discuss themes such as “Jesus: A Stumbling Block to Faith,” “How Has Jesus Pushed Your Buttons?” “Separating the Myth From the Man,” “Salvation and the Kingdom of God” and “Understanding Divine Power.”

Throughout the Lenten season Wilkinson will be preaching on similar themes drawn from “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Worship services are at 7:45, 9 and 10:30 a.m.

This will be Wilkinson’s last opportunity to address these themes since he will be retiring from active ministry in June after serving St. Francis in the Foothills for the past 33 years.

The series is free and the public is invited.

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.

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