WILLIAMSTOWN -- The First Congregational Church will continue the latest series in its "Second Hour @ the Meetinghouse" program at 11:15 a.m., Sunday, March 24, in the church's Fellowship Hall.
Dr. Richard Q. Ford, a clinical psychologist practicing in Williamstown, will lead a discussion surrounding "The Parables of Jesus in Contemporary Settings."
According to a press release, Ford is not only a therapist, but also has extensive training as a Biblical scholar. He is the author of the book, "The Parables of Jesus: Recovering the Art of Listening." In this work, he sought to apply his psychological training to the task of reading the familiar parables in a fashion not normally employed by New Testament scholars.
Ford will explore parables in a format developed for his latest book. On Sunday, he will discuss "Jesus' Parable of the Unjust Judge and the Crisis of Climate Change." Ford returns on April 7 for the last installment of the series: "Jesus' Parable of the Dishonest Steward and the War in Afghanistan."
Coffee, tea and other refreshments are served in advance of the program.
Each of these programs takes place Sunday, at 11:15 a.m., in the Main Street church's Fellowship Hall, in the center of the Williams College campus.
Dr. Ford received his bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and majored in Near Eastern studies, which led him to spend two years of research and work in the Middle East. After this, he returned to complete a Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary. He then moved to the University of Chicago, where he completed a doctorate in clinical psychology. Dr. Ford served on the staff of Austin Riggs Psychiatric Center in Stockbridge before starting his private clinical practice in Williamstown.