Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D, with Karen Auroy, Worship Associate
Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D will be speaking on The Gospel of Thomas and The Gospel of Mary- two early Christian books which were banned and suppressed in the 4th century. These so-called Gnostic texts present Jesus as a wisdom teacher whose teachings offer liberation from ignorance by connecting us to our own deepest truths, and Mary Magdalene as the student of his inner circle who best understood and manifested his teachings.
"If you bring forth what is inside of you, what is inside of you will save you. If you do not bring forth what is inside of you, what is inside of you will destroy you"
- The Gospel of Thomas
Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D, is a cultural historian whose dissertation was on "Passion and Paradox: The Myths of Mary Magdalene in Art, Music and Culture." She has lectured on Mary Magdalene for the San Francisco Opera, at Chartres Cathedral in France, for the Assisi Institute of Depth Psychology in Italy, at Oxford University, and for churches, seminaries, and spiritual and psychology centers throughout the country. She is a faculty member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at UC Berkeley and Dominican University, where her seminars on Mary Magdalene have been hailed as "profoundly illuminating" and "a total revelation."