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The Power of the Myth

  • Congregational Church 21 South Batavia Avenue Batavia, IL, 60510 United States (map)

The Power of the Myth is one of the most popular and well respected series in the history of public television. Originally broadcast on PBS in the late 1980's, the series features six one hour conversations between Joseph Campbell and the respected journalist Bill Moyers.

Joseph Campbell was a Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College. After finishing a MA in Medieval Literature at Columbia University, Campbell studied in Europe. He returned to Columbia to start a PhD only to find that none of the faculty were interested in his proposed research area: Sanskrit, Modern Art and Medieval Literature. Campbell then embarked on a five-year period of study in a rented shack in Woodstock, New York reading twelve hours a day. In 1934, Campbell accepted a faculty appointment at Sarah Lawrence where he taught for the rest of his career.

Campbell became fascinated with myths. He found that the same myth occurred across many independent cultures which made him ask why. Probing more deeply, he found that myths played and still play an important role in our lives and in our societies. This Adult Education opportunity is being presented by Faith Formation during July and August 2018 on Sundays at 11 am in Paxton Hall:

July 8, 2018: Episode 1, The Hero's Adventure

July 15, 2018: Episode 2, The Message of the Myth

July 22, 2018: Episode 3, The First Story Tellers

July 29, 2018: Episode 4, Sacrifice and Bliss

August 5, 2018: Episode 5, Love and the Goddess

August 12, 2018: Episode 6: Masks of Eternity

August 19, 2018: Guest lecture by Paul Lloyd to explore applying The Power of the Myth in writing

August 26, 2018:  General discussion on The Power of the Myth. We will also answer Joseph Campbell's two quintessential questions: Are we following our bliss? Are we living the Myth or does the Myth live us?

Contacts: Ann Marks (, Bill Price (

Earlier Event: July 8
Prayer Camp!
Later Event: July 11
Movie Night at the CCOB