The Parish of Saint Matthew: The Episcopal Church of Pacific Palisades

The Stern Lecture with Amy-Jill Levine

Friday, Feb. 2 at 7:00 pm at Kehillat Israel
Saturday, Feb. 3 at 9:00 am at St. Matthew’s

Amy-Jill LevineThe Parish of Saint Matthew will host Dr. Amy-Jill Levine as the 2018 speaker at the annual Stern Lecture on February 2-3 in a special partnership this year with our friends at Kehillat Israel. The esteemed author and internationally famous speaker will give three separate talks – one at Kehillat Israel on Friday evening and two on Saturday morning at St. Matthew’s – and will also serve as guest preacher at St. Matthew’s on Sunday, February 4.

A New Testament expert and a self-described Yankee Jewish feminist, Professor Levine is particularly regarded for her insights regarding the common roots of Christianity and Judaism. She is currently University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science; she is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge UK.

Levine’s numerous publications on Christian origins, Jewish/Christian relations, and the biblical views of gender and sexuality include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish JesusShort Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial RabbiWho Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins and 2 Sons (a children’s book co-authored with Sandy Sasso); and the Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-edited with Marc Z. Brettler). 

The complete Stern Lecture schedule with Amy-Jill Levine follows:

Friday, Feb. 2, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at Kehillat Israel (16019 Sunset Blvd, in Pacific Palisades)
Of Pearls and Prodigals: Jesus the Jewish Storyteller

Saturday, Feb. 2, 9:00 am - 10:15 am at St. Matthew’s (1031 Bienveneda Ave. in Pacific Palisades)
The "Laborers in the Vineyard," the "Mustard Seed," and the “Leaven:" Uncovering Our Potential

Saturday, Feb. 3, 10:45 am - noon at St. Matthew’s
The “Widow and the Judge” and the “Dishonest Steward”: Parables that Cause Us to Question

Sunday, Feb. 4, 8:00 am and 10:15 am Sunday Services at St. Matthew’s
Guest Sermon: Dangers on the Road to Jericho: Hearing the Good Samaritan with Jewish Ears

The talks are free of charge, however reservations should be made via or by phone at 310.454.1358 x128 for this limited-capacity event.

About The Stern Lecture

Elizabeth Naffziger Stern, born in San Francisco in 1924, was graduated from the Katherine Delmar Burke School, The University of California (Berkeley) and the University’s School of Nursing in San Francisco. She was married in 1946 to Walter Eugene Stern, Jr. and bore four children: Eugenie Louise and three sons, Geoffrey Alexander, Howard Christian and Walter Eugene, III. A resident of Santa Monica from 1952, she was an unstinting worker in the community as evidence of which is her founding of the Meals on Wheels of West Los Angeles. Known as Libby to her friends, she was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, junior warden of the Parish of Saint Matthew, and member of its Altar Guild and that of the Diocese of Los Angeles. She is enshrined in the hearts and memories of those who knew and loved her as one of those rare jewels of mankind: a completely selfless person. Her buoyant humor, her superb judgment of people, her devotion to family and her steadfast loyalties to friends reflect the attributes of this great lady. She died while hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Memorial Fund established in 1989 supports the Elizabeth Naffziger Stern lectures.


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