Ascension & Holy Trinity, Wyoming, approaches study of the Book of Job in Lent (March, 2019) with several presentations, Bible study and book study. Book study will be held on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Bible study will be held on Sundays at 9 a.m. Other presentations will be offered with times listed below.


March 10-31 (Sundays at 9 a.m.)
Colleen Matthews, Group Leader

The heart of our series is spending time reading, meditating, praying, and discussing Scripture. Do join us for this weekly engagement with the Man from Uz! For the first session on March 10, please prepare by reading Job, chapters 1 & 2.


March 9-30 (Saturdays at 10 a.m.)
Robyn Gibboney, Group Leader

At the Scent of Water: The Ground of Hope in the Book of Job, by J Gerald Janzen.
(Available at Amazon) Our Guest Theologian for this series draws on a lifetime of teaching, research, and personal experiences to assert that The Story of Job is indeed about hope: “the gracious, kindly, and unobtrusive presence and grace” of God.


“The Book of Job in Literature and the Arts”  March 10, 11 a.m.
Ted Gibboney, Minister of Music

This presentation will use slides, recordings, and readers’ theater to suggest the wide scope and variety of ways that the Story of Job has been represented in the arts. Four examples from orchestral and organ music, cathedral sculpture and drama will be demonstrated in some detail to show that artists not only tell the story, they interpret it and reflect their own contexts.

“The Book of Job and the Parish Priest”  March 17, 11 a.m.
Eric Miller, Rector

The power of Biblical stories is that they meet us in our daily living, reflect our personal joys and hardships, and serve to shed God’s grace on each of us. Pastor Eric shares his own journey, and the impact of this ancient story on his own ministry.

“Job the Impatient: From Sinner to Righteous Rebel in the Jewish Tradition”. March 24, 11 a.m.
Jason Kalman, Guest Lecturer

Jason Kalman is Professor of Classical Hebrew Literature and Interpretation at the Cincinnati School of HUC-JIR. He received his Ph.D. in 2005 from the Department of Jewish Studies at McGill University and is a research fellow affiliated with the University of the Free State, South Africa. He also holds a degree in education and MA from McGill. He specializes in the history of Jewish biblical exegesis and his specific research interests include Dead Sea Scrolls reception history, rabbinic anti-Christian polemic, medieval intellectual history as reflected in biblical commentary, and biblical interpretation after the Holocaust.
“Thanks for Your Input: The Role of the ‘Friends’ in the Book of Job”   March 31, 11 a.m.
John Brolley, Guest Lecturer

John Brolley is fortunate and delighted to be UC’s director of undergraduate studies for Judaic Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Liberal Arts. He typically teaches courses on biblical studies, creation myth, angelology, demonology, and historical Jesus studies, and also coordinates undergraduate certificates in religious studies and biblical studies. This March he will be presenting a paper entitled Pontius Pilate: A Case Study in Interdisciplinary Approaches to Biblical Studiesat the 2019 International Conference on Social Science, Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies in scenic Houston, Texas. He lives across the big water in Erlanger, Kentucky with amazing wife Teresa, awesome kids Maria and Ian (though Ian technically lives in Clifton these days), and wonderful dogs Charlie and Lulu.

“God’s Rule: By Fear or by Trust?” April 7 , 9 a.m. 
Key passages: Job 1:6-12 and 2:1-6; 4:17-19, 15:14-16, 25:2-6.
J. Gerald Janzen, Guest Lecturer.

J. Gerald Janzenis MacAllister-Pettigrew Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Janzen is a native of western Canada, a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan(B.A.Hons.), Emmanuel College, Saskatoon (Licentiate in Theology), and Harvard University (Ph.D.). A priest in the Anglican Church of Canada, he is on extended leave from the Diocese of Saskatoon. He taught Old Testament at Emmanuel College, 1965-1968; and at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, 1968-2000 as MacAllister-Pettigrew Professor of Old Testament. He has published numerous essays in academic journals, and commentaries for clergy and laity on Genesis, Exodus and the Book of Job. His most recent books are At the Scent of Water: The Ground of Hope in the Book of Job (2009), and When Prayer Takes Place: Forays into a Biblical World(2112). He and his wife Eileen have two children and two grandchildren.

“Job’s Storyteller: The Character We Forget to Notice.”  April 7, 11 a.m.
Marti Steussy, Guest Lecturer

Marti Steussy is MacAllister-Petticrew Professor of Biblical Interpretation, emerita, at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, where she continues to teach on a part-time basis.  Her primary expertise is in Hebrew Bible, but she also teaches in the areas of spirituality, theology, and religion and science.  She is an ordained Disciples minister and maintains an active speaking and teaching schedule in congregations and larger church gatherings, Disciple and otherwise.  From childhood she has been fascinated by storytelling, and she is particularly interested in the dynamics of biblical narrative.  She has been keynote speaker at Network of Biblical Storytellers festivals in the US and Canada, offers regular workshops at the Network’s national gathering, serves on its Board, and is a founding member of and regular program planner for the Network’s Seminar.   In addition to her five books in the field of biblical studies, she has published two science fiction novels.  She loves to walk and has hiked the Camino de Santiago and parts of Japan’s Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, not to mention a couple of hundred miles a month on the sidewalks of Indianapolis.  She also enjoys baking bread, splitting wood, and exchanging recipe ideas and cute cat pictures with her husband Nic and adult children David and Cally.

Job, for Organ, music by Petr Eben  April 7, 4 p.m.
(To be presented in the Church) Gerald Janzen, Theological Introduction; Marti Steussy, Biblical Storyteller; Ted Gibboney, Organist

The ancient story of Job probes the nature of God and human existence, expressing both its pathos and hope. Come and experience the story in a new way through the direction of a gifted theologian, the drama of an expressive storyteller, and the color and imagination of a twentieth-century organ composer. Child care provided Please call the church office at 513.821.5341 for more information.