Thursdays, January 21 and 28; February 4 and 11; March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; and May 6 and 13
11:00 am – 12:30 pm (Central Time via Zoom)

The first gospel to be written, Mark’s gospel uniquely preserves the way early communities told and shaped Jesus’ story in their oral traditions.  The gospel we receive not only hands on Jesus’ teachings but proclaims the first Christians’ faith that Jesus’ resurrection affirms he is the messiah and God’s son.  The faith of these eyewitness disciples colors the whole story and fills the narrative with rich oral artistry and theological insights.  The written gospel calls new generations to faith as it travels through time.

Join in a fresh look at the first gospel as a whole, its cycles of oral tradition, its use and deconstruction—and the women disciples who are present but barely visible. Learn skills for deepening your own reading and interpretation of the gospels as we read Mark at Sunday Eucharist in the 2021 liturgical year.

Course sessions will use Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, available at Good Ground Press, and the New Testament.  Sessions will include presentation and small and large group conversation.


COST:  $150.00 for the series/$15.00 for each individual session. As part of your registration, you will be mailed a copy of Mark’s Gospel by Joan Mitchell.

Each session will be held via Zoom and has a total contact time of 1.5 hours.

Online Course Expectations + Details:

  • Register as individuals.
  • After registering and approximately 24 hours prior to each individual session, you will receive an email from Wisdom Ways with the Zoom link and other information, including access to a private webpage on the Wisdom Ways website that includes all course materials.
  • Have the technology and internet connection that allow for stable video and audio connection through a computer or a hand-held device (e.g., tablet or smart phone).
  • Each Zoom session will include a facilitator from Wisdom Ways who will help navigate the small groups, and the questions and comments that are shared through the chat function.




Joan Mitchell, CSJ, PhD; New Testament, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN; MTS, Harvard Divinity School.

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