Saturday, February 01, 2020

Ventures Online Course to Focus on Society and the Environment

The March course from the Ventures in Christian Discipleship program at McPherson College will be “Creation care and the Gospel of John.” This course looks to the Gospel of John as a resource for renewing our love for God’s creation and overcoming complacency about the current environmental crisis. We will learn from John’s prologue that Jesus is the embodiment of the divine wisdom that gives light and life to all creation. The prologue can then serve as our guide for reading other portions of John, including stories where Jesus continues to work for the transformation of humanity and the healing of creation.

The class will be held online Saturday, March 21 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST and taught by Dan Ulrich, Wieand Professor of New Testament Studies at Bethany Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1996. He is writing a book about the four gospels as guides for envisioning life-giving ministries in the 21st century, and has recently completed a chapter on the Gospel of John. Hiking, camping, and canoeing are activities that have nurtured Dan’s love for God and God’s creation since childhood. He has enjoyed continuing those activities, when possible, with his spouse Paula and their young-adult children. Dan is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren with a Ph.D. in biblical studies from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.

All classes are donation-based and continuing education credit is available for $10 per course. To learn more about Ventures and to register for courses, visit