Without Shame or Fear: From Adam to Christ, with Bishop Hirschfeld

Monday, May 8th, 2017, 5:30pm

Robert Hirschfeld, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire, presents his new work, Without Shame or Fear: From Adam to Christ, on connecting shame and vulnerability to Scripture and Christian theology. By examining the biblical stories of shame and some personal and public stories of shame and of being shamed, Hirschfeld delves into this emotional and spiritual phenomenon to mine what shame has to teach.

“This book will be helpful not only for individuals caught in cycles of shame and guilt but also in study groups where participants seek to help one another ‘grow into the full stature of Christ.’ We all know the reality of shame. Healing comes, not when we ignore those moments, but when we realize that those moments are not all who we are.” ––Brother James Koester SSJE, Superior, Society of Saint John the Evangelist, Cambridge, Massachusetts

“Written by a pastor who looks with compassion on the complexity of the human heart, this book offers keen insights into Scripture, literature, and the arts, and sets us on a path to freedom.” ––The Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, Missioner for Creation Care for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

About the author: The Right Reverend A. Robert Hirschfeld served as a parish priest in academic communities (Yale, University of Connecticut, the Five Colleges of the Amherst, Massachusetts region) until becoming the Tenth Bishop of New Hampshire. His studies in literature and existential philosophy have informed his interpretation of the scriptural themes of alienation from God and the restoration of human dignity in Jesus. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College (BA English, 1983) and Berkeley Divinity School at Yale (MDiv 1991, DD 2013). He lives in Hopkinton, New Hampshire.

Event date: 
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
Without Shame or Fear: From Adam to Christ Cover Image
ISBN: 9780819233349
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Church Publishing - February 14th, 2017

Shame severs our relationship from God. It is so powerful that it often results in denial, apathy, and even a self-defensive wrath toward neighbor. At the same time, shame may drive us to discover the true source of our dignity beyond our isolated and broken self.