The Forgotten Creed with Author Stephen J. Patterson Thursday, September 26, 7:00pm at First-Plymouth Church (2000 D Street) Keynote lecture followed by Q&A, and book signing This event is free and open to the community. A free-will donation (suggested $10) will be taken at the door. Copies of Stephen Patterson’s books will be available for purchase before and after the lecture. A book signing will follow the lecture. Long before the followers of Jesus declared him to be the Son of God, Jesus taught his followers that they too were the children of God. This ancient creed, now all but forgotten, is recorded still within the folds of a letter of Paul the Apostle. This ancient creed said nothing about God or Christ or salvation. Its claims were about the whole human race: there is no race, there is no class, there is no gender. Christian theologians would one day argue about the nature of Christ, the being of God, and the mechanics of salvation. But before this, in the days when Jesus was still fresh in the memory of those who knew him, the argument was a different one: how can human beings overcome the ways by which we divide ourselves one from another? Is solidarity possible beyond race, class, and gender? Stephen J. Patterson: A scholar, teacher, and writer, Patterson is the endowed chair in Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette University, where he teaches courses on the history of religion. He writes and lectures widely on the hidden histories of earliest Christianity, especially the lost gospels, Q and the Gospel of Thomas. This event is free and open to the community. A free-will donation (suggested $10) will be taken at the door. Copies of Stephen Patterson’s books will be available for purchase before and after the lecture. A book signing will follow the lecture. For more info. contact email@example.com. First-Plymouth Congregational Church, located at 2000 D Street in Lincoln, is dedicated to its mission of increasing the love of God and neighbor. More information is available at firstplymouth.org or by calling 402-476-7565.