F605 Winter 2020 Hearing and Responding to the Still Small Voice: Fact or Fiction in Religious Experience?
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, Jan. 30–Feb. 20
Instructor: Laurence Packard
This course will examine the “still small voice” in religious experience and explore how we can understand it. Can we see it as fact or fiction,or maybe both, in the lives of biblical figures throughout history and in current events? Some examples follow.
The Rev. Dr. Laurence K. “Larry” Packard
- Abraham hears the voice to sacrifice Isaac, Moses hears the voice to confront Pharaoh, Elijah runs away to a cave and hears the still small voice, and other prophets hear and obey the voice.
- Mary hears and obeys the angel Gabriel.
- Paul dramatically changes his life—and the young church thrives on those who give their lives in response to Paul’s experience of that voice.
- Constantine, St. Augustine, St. Francis, Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa—the list is endless, but in what way can we understand how that voice in history speaks to us now? The guiding premise of the course is that we can learn from their experiences and enrich our lives.
is a retired Episcopal priest who has taught for several years at OLLI. He enjoys raising questions and hearing diverse responses while learning along with participants.