Giving an old prayer new meaning

Victoria conference explores the Lord’s Prayer

A prayer about revolution and change may be just what is needed to infuse Christian churches with new life and members.

A different, more historically accurate meaning of the Lord’s Prayer, known by billions of Christians around the world, is explored in a book written by former Catholic priest and early Christianity expert John Dominic Crossan.

The Florida-based writer will bring the message he explores in *****The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Radical Message of the Lord’s Prayer to the Church of St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Victoria this weekend.

Thanks to Crossan, “all of a sudden Jesus is much different than what we thought and much more important,”  said Rev. Harold Munn, adding that through Crossan’s research the Lord’s Prayer “is a prayer for a call for change.”

“It’s about revolution,” said Munn, who leads the St. John the Divine congregation. 

“What I find most rewarding is the very large number of people in churches across the U.S. and Canada who find that my vision of Jesus is authentically liberating,” he told the **News.

If Christian churches don’t embrace fresh ideas, they’ll be in trouble.

“Personally I think if it doesn’t happen there will be no church left,” Munn said.

The four-lecture conference is $90, $80 for students and happens March 18 to 20 at 1611 Quadra St. Crossan is also preaching at the Sunday church service at 10 a.m.

For more information or to register, please e-mail admin@stjohnthedivine.bc.ca or call 250-383-7169.

emccracken@vicnews.com