William P. Brown, a William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, will teach his first course at Ghost Ranch June 15-20, 2015. 

Biblical Landscapes of Memory, Hope & Renewal will study the “landscapes” of Scripture and explore how the biblical narrators, poets and visionaries viewed the land in terms of how they saw God’s work of transformation in the world.  

Brown says, “We will explore these ancient landscapes as pilgrims with an eye toward discerning the underlying concerns and hopes that shaped them–their “tectonic” values. We will learn how to see the biblical text for all its transformative worth, to encounter it in new ways, and in so doing begin to (re)shape our own landscapes of renewal and hope. We will compare these texts with the rich landscape at Ghost Ranch, explore how they can transform the context of the Ranch and ultimately, the contexts of our lives.” 

The program will be held at Casa del Sol, the spiritual retreat center of Ghost Ranch. Morning and evening sessions will include guided study, open discussion and contemplative reflection, with afternoons free to enjoy all Ghost Ranch has to offer, including hikes, tours, trail rides, massage and bodywork, museums, Wellness offerings, Open Art Studio, and so much more.  

Rates package your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together. All rates are per person, double occupancy unless otherwise specified. Private Bath, $1,345; Shared Bath, $1,105. There is a special discount for seminarians. There is limited space for this program so early registration is encouraged. 

Ghost Ranch is a national education and retreat center of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., located in Northern New Mexico. Its synergy of beauty, its scientific value, its cultural and historical traditions and its spirituality make it like no other place in the world. 

For more information please contact Becky A. Chamberlain, Faith Community Liaison, at 505-685-1000, ext. 4156 or beckyc@ghostranch.org.