Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation

Date(s) - 09/11/2021
9:30 am - 11:00 am


Heaven on Earth: God’s Call to Community in the Book of Revelation
Fifteenth Jean and Parker Wilson Seminar
Saturday, September 11, 9:30 am to 11:00 am (Central Time; plus recorded lectures to be viewed prior to the sessions.)

John of Patmos helps us see beyond a nightmare—the ending of existence.  Instead of an end, he helps us see God’s invitation to Creation—Restorative Justice.  To understand John’s vision, we need to express some sense of humility that our language doesn’t keep up with what John is seeing.  For example, John encourages me in his Revelation when he says that light and darkness as we know it will one day have a complete paradigm shift—we won’t need either of them (Revelation: 21:23). So, our time together will explore what this paradigm shift may look like to move beyond a jaundiced imagination that often polarizes communities toward war.  In other words, heaven, as envisioned by John of Patmos, has a much greater purpose—the ability to see beyond the exclusion of others so that we may finally see what flourishing looks like for creation.

Currently appointed as Herbert Thompson Professor of Church and Society and Director of the Desmond Tutu Center at General Theological Seminary in New York, Michael Battle, PhD, has an undergraduate degree from Duke University, a MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, a MTS from Yale University and a PhD from Duke University. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in 1993 and has served churches in North Carolina, California and in Cape Town, South Africa.  In 2010, Battle was given one of the highest Anglican Church distinctions as “Six Preacher,” by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. He has taught at the School of Theology at the University of the South, Duke Divinity School and Virginia Theology Seminary where he also served as dean for academic affairs and vice president. Battle has published nine books, including Reconciliation: the Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu, and Ubuntu: I in You and You in Me. In his PeaceBattle Institute he works on subjects of diversity, spirituality, prayer, race and reconciliation.