Reframing the Gospel for Mission:

Recovering the Prophetic Dimension of Jesus’ Way of Being Human

Now Offered in 8- or 3-Session Options

Basic Seminar Information

This 8- or 3-session series introduces and applies the work of René Girard to gain a better understanding of and engage in central issues of our survival, e.g., racism, economics, and militarism. As Disciples of Jesus, participants will gain a vision for living into the movement of God’s Spirit to bring the day when, instead of laying waste to our cities one more time, we beat swords into plowshares and no longer learn to make war anymore (Isa 6:11; 2:4). (Share with friends through this pdf flyer.)

What: Seminar series in two options: (1) Eight one-day-per-month sessions; or (2) Three 1.5-2.5 day quarterly sessions (days and dates TBD for each location); Educational Strategy: interpersonal engagement for maximizing mutual learning over extended time.

Where: Your location -- DSMT comes to you. The first step is to recruit 8-15 participants for a site and contact Paul Nuechterlein by email ( or phone (269-290-4533) to inquire about scheduling a series.

“I’m convinced that the seminal work of René Girard is the single most promising and productive contemporary resource capable of stimulating fresh readings of the Bible, constructive critical thought about Christian theology and practice, and incisive inducement to productive activism.

      Paul Nuechterlein has helped me more than anyone else to read the Scriptures in light of Girard’s groundbreaking work. I’d encourage anyone and everyone to seize an opportunity to learn with Paul.”

Christian author and teacher

Who: Clergy and lay church leaders interested in recovering the prophetic dimension of the Gospel

Tuition: $550 in one-payment; or $600 spread over the time-frame of the seminar ($100 at time of registration)

Required Reading: Everything Must Change by Brian McLaren, Compassion or Apocalypse? by James Warren, and numerous chapter excerpts and extended outlines from additional MT books.

Schedule for 8-Session Option
This option provides optimal spacing for reading and digesting the seminar concepts and applications

Part I - Introduction to Mimetic Theory (MT) in 3 sessions:

Part II - Mimetic Theory and Theology in 2 sessions:

Part III - Mimetic Theory and the Prophetic in 3 sessions:


3-Session Option
This option is offered for situations of further travel distance for Paul Nuechterlein (Kalamazoo, MI)

Schedule: Same order of topics as above but grouped into 3 seasonal sessions (to be scheduled per site):

Registration Information

Once sites are negotiated with an 8-15 person group of participants you may register using this pdf form. Online payment via PayPal is available below, so register in one of two ways: (1) print and fill out the pdf form, scan and email it to Paul Nuechterlein, making payment online; or (2) mail your check for payment with the completed registration to address on form.

Link to .pdf Registration Form

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Paul Nuechterlein has been a student of René Girard’s work for twenty-five years. He has presented at multiple international conferences of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion (COV&R), makes Mimetic Theory accessible through his website Girardian Reflections on the Lectionary (, and is currently the Contributing Theologian for Theology and Peace, a para-church organization dedicated to “the application of René Girard’s groundbreaking work to subvert the matrix of human violence.”