Reading the Bible in the 21st Century


Who really wrote The Bible? Is it the “greatest story ever told?” How has The Bible influenced modern literature and politics? How do we get the most out of scripture in the age of smartphones and social media?

Explore the past, present and future of this sacred text as we review Old and New Testament stories, discuss the spectrum of Christian movements from Gnosticism to Catholicism, study various translations and interpretations of scripture, examine the controversial life of Jesus, and rediscover The Bible in a whole new light.

*Note: This is a fun, interactive class for people of all beliefs. You do NOT need to be a Christian to attend. There will be no preaching, and no agenda. Just an objective look at one of the world’s most celebrated (and argued) sacred texts.




  • Handouts including maps, timelines and diagrams of the Bible’s meaning and origins
  • Deeper understanding of the world’s most celebrated (and argued) sacred text
  • A glimpse into life during biblical times
  • A vision of how Christianity has changed and evolved over the last 2,000 years
  • Learning from others by interpreting various Bible verses in a group setting
  • A safe and open environment where asking questions is encouraged
  • In-person connection with people who love learning about what other people believe



“I really enjoyed the open and inviting atmosphere of Reading the Bible in the 21st Century. Everyone felt that no matter their level of awareness, they were free to participate. Joran presented the topic and involved the participants in interesting ways through a variety of teaching/learning methods.

It was just a wonderful class to attend that supported my personal spiritual path and journey.”

– Gary A.

“Reading the Bible in the 21st Century put me in a space to think and mold and solidify what I believe, especially about the traditional Bible stories. I also enjoyed listening to others’ interpretations and perspectives as well.”

– Clyde K.


JSO by Kelly Jackson


Joran is an international speaker, author, life coach, interfaith minister, musician and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in media, community-building and events.

Joran is the author of Sentences and The Mountain and The Snow. He is also co-author of Transform Your Life: Expert Advice, Practical Tools and Personal Stories and Integral Church: An Interfaith Handbook of Ceremonies and Rituals.

He is the founder of Interfaith Week in St. Petersburg, FL as well as Integral Church — an interfaith organization committed to community service, religious literacy and personal transformative practice. Joran is an ordained minister and holds a certificate in Religious Literacy from Harvard Online. He serves as President of Interfaith Tampa Bay, chaplain emeritus at Unity Spiritual Campus in St. Petersburg, and an Ambassador of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.

He has shared the stage with Barbara Marx Hubbard, Ken Wilber, Jane Goodall, Dr. Stan Grof, Michael Beckwith, Matthew Fox, Lynne McTaggart, Amy Edelstein, Howard Rheingold, Nate Silver and Gary Vaynerchuck and has spoken about topics ranging from marketing to spirituality at campuses and conferences around the world, including BarcampCreative Pinellas’ Academy; International Academy of Design and Technology; Building the New World Conference in Radford, VA; South by Southwest in Austin, TX, Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, UT and Integral European Conference in Siofok, Hungary.



Metta Center of St. Petersburg
4554 Central Ave. Unit F, St. Petersburg, FL 33711

This class is BYOB (bring your own Bible). $35 in advance. Seating is limited.