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Bach's "St. John Passion"

The Reverend Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp and Dr. Matthew Webb


In this two-part series, the Reverend Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp and Dr. Matthew Webb explore Bach’s St. John Passion. This oratorio sets poetry and texts from the Gospel of John to dramatic music to tell the story of the betrayal and suffering of Jesus.


March 21, 2021 - Part 1

March 28, 2021 - Part 2

"Illuminating the Psalms: Images for the Faithful from Medieval Europe"

Jean Sorobella


Rich in poetic imagery but slim in story matter, the psalms are not easy to illustrate. Yet medieval copies of psalm texts, lettered and embellished by hand, match words and pictures in surprising ways.

This two-part series examines a handful of manuscripts that bear witness to the imagination and devotion of scribes, artists and the praying faithful from the 9th century to the eve of the Reformation.

Jean Sorabella is an independent art historian and writer. She earned her doctorate at Columbia University. Jean taught at Columbia University, Smith College, and Providence College, and currently lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has led previous seminars at the Presbyterian Church on representations of the Nativity and the material world of Martin Luther.

February 21, 2021 - Part 1

February 28, 2021 - Part 2

“A Reconciling Life"
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Sheffield

This course looks at the Apostle Paul, who experienced a "transcendent" moment that led him to declare that reconciliation was at the heart of living as a Christian. Looking at words throughout Paul's letters, this course explores his life and the way his struggle to live out reconciliation can impact us today.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Sheffield served as pastor to the Presbyterian Church in Morristown from 1973 to 2001. For the next 16 years he served the Presbytery of Denver as Presbytery Pastor, retiring in 2017. His work there included caring for ministers and congregations in all times of their lives, supporting the formation and strengthening of new worshipping communities including many who worship in languages other than English, and encouraging numerous missions including a partnership with the Presbytery of Zimbabwe. Currently he serves as coconvener of the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique Mission Network and was named Pastor Emeritus of PCM in 2019. Tom is a graduate of The College of
Wooster (BA). Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Drew University Theological School (DMin). Kathy and Tom live in Toms River, New Jersey.

January 10, 2021 - "At the Heart" Reconciliation is at the heart of Paul's writing. But we also can see that reconciliation was for him and is now for us a life-long work.

Unfortunately, recordings of Parts 2 and 3 of “A Reconciling Life" with The Rev. Dr. Thomas Sheffield are not available

January 31, 2021 - "A Remaining Struggle" In the brief letter of Philemon Paul takes on the problem of slavery and the relationship between a believing master and believing slave. Can we see any light from Paul that can shine on our persistent problems of slavery and race?