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Chidester Lecture Series - Peter Enns, January 30-31, 2016

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CHIDESTER LECTURE SERIES

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This continuing series of speakers explores what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century. Saturday lectures are from 4-5:30 p.m. including 30 minutes of Q&A. Sunday talks are from 9:20-10:20 a.m. between services. All are welcome to worship with us at 8:30 and 10:40. Tickets for Saturday are $15, available at the door. No tickets are required for Sunday.

UPCOMING LECTURES:
  • January 30-31, 2016: PETER ENNS (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University (St. Davids, PA). Enns speaks and writes regularly to diverse audiences about the intersection of the ancient setting of Bible and contemporary Christian faith. He has written, edited and contributed to nearly 20 books, including his latest The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It. Learn more and see his full schedule here

  • April 30, 2016: JAN LINN retired from the pastorate that he shared with his wife, Joy, at Spirit of Joy Christian Church, a progressive minded congregation that they established in Apple Valley, MN. He is the author of 14 books, including A Different Jesus: a Christian Theology Big Enough for an Interfaith World and How to be an Open-Minded Christian Without Losing Your Faith. Learn more here

  • September 24, 2016: ERIC ELNES (Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary) is a leading articulator of Convergence Christianity and Senior Minister of Countryside Community Church (UCC) in Omaha, NE. He has written several books on faith, theology and culture including, The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of Christianity. In 2006 he helped lead a 2,500-mile walk from Phoenix to Washington, DC, to promote awareness of progressive/emerging Christian faith. Learn more here

  • November 5, 2016: JOHN DORHAUER is the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ. He is the author of two books, Steeplejacking: How the Christian Right Is Hijacking Mainstream Religion and Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World. He has a Doctoral degree in White Privilege studies, with a focus on how white privilege affects the church. Learn more here

  • January 14, 2017: QUINN CALDWELL is minister at Plymouth Congregational Church (UCC), Syracuse, NY. Caldwell is a member of the UCC Stillspeaking Writers' Group and an author for the Stillspeaking Daily Devotionals. He is a former associate minister at Old South Church in Boston. He is the co-author of The Unofficial Handbook of the United Church of Christ and author of All I Really Want: Readings for a Modern Christmas.

  • March 11, 2017: WIL GAFNEY (Ph.D. Duke University) is associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School and an Episcopal priest canonically resident in the Diocese of Pennsylvania and licensed in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Among her research interests are feminist biblical studies, rabbinic studies and issues in translation. Learn more here

  • PAST LECTURES:
  • November 7-8, 2015: THE INTERFAITH AMIGOS have brought their unique blend of spiritual wisdom and humor to audiences in the U.S., Canada, Israel-Palestine and Japan. Coming together after 9/11, Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman have dedicated their work to supporting more effective interfaith dialogue that can bring greater collaboration on the major social and economic issues of our time. Their visit was sponsored by the Chidester Lecture Series at Sylvania UCC, the Jewish-Christian-Muslim Dialogue Committee of the University of Toledo Center for Religious Understanding, the Toledo Community Foundation and the Multifaith Council of Northwest Ohio.
    Listen to the Saturday lecture "Promises and Problems of Interfaith Dialogue" here
    Listen to the Sunday 9:20 Q&A here
    Listen to the Sunday shared sermon "The Golden Rule and Compassion in Three Faiths" here
    View photos here
    Toledo Blade: Multifaith message coming to Toledo

  • January 17-18, 2015: NANCY DUFF is the Stephen Colwell Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she explores how theological claims identify the church's responsibility in the world. She presented the life and thought of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and its significance for the Christian community in the U.S. today.
    Listen to the Saturday lecture here
    Listen to the Sunday 9:20 lecture here
    Listen to the Sunday sermon here
    View photos here

  • November 15-16, 2014: ANNETTE MAHONEY is a Professor of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. She directs the Spirituality and Psychology Research Team, which focuses on the positive and negative roles that religion and spirituality play for individuals and families.
    Listen to the Saturday lecture here

  • September 20-21, 2014: ROBIN MEYERS is a nationally known UCC pastor, professor, peace activist and the author of six books about progressive Christianity and American society. He has been the senior minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC in Oklahoma City since 1985.
    Listen to the Saturday lecture "Quantum Physics and the Future of God" here
    Listen to the Sunday 9:20 lecture "The Underground Church" here
    Listen to the Sunday 8:30 sermon "Raising a Paralyzed Church" here
    Listen to the Sunday 10:40 sermon "Original Blessing" here
    View photos here

  • March 15-16, 2014: PHILIP GULLEY is a Quaker pastor and storyteller who has published 18 books. In The Evolution of Faith: How God is Creating a Better Christianity, he proposes a fresh direction for Christianity that can help its adherents live happily, peacefully and productively.
    Listen to the Saturday lecture here
    Listen to the Sunday 9:20 lecture here
    Listen to the Sunday sermon here
    View photos here

  • January 18-19, 2014: WALTER BRUEGGEMANN is widely considered one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades. His latest book is Truth Speaks to Power: The Countercultural Nature of Scripture.
    Listen to the Saturday lecture here
    Listen to the Sunday 9:20 lecture here
    Listen to the Sunday sermon here
    View photos here
    Toledo Blade: Rev. Walter Brueggemann draws parallels from today's society to ancient times

  • November 16-17, 2013: DANIEL SPENCER is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at The University of Montana. His focus is on how and why religious traditions and communities are responding to environmental issues and global ecological crisis.
    Listen to the Saturday lecture here

  • November 3, 2013, at 1 p.m.: DAOUD NASSAR's farm near Bethlehem is surrounded by Israeli settlements and is under constant threat of annexation. Daoud and his family have established the Tent of Nations peace center on their land to bring together Israelis and Palestinians in pursuit of a just peace based on love and nonviolence.
    Listen to the presentation here

  • September 21-22, 2013: DIANA BUTLER BASS is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She is the author of eight books including Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening.
    Listen to the Saturday lecture here
    Listen to the Sunday 9:20 lecture here

  • March 16-17, 2013: ALAN JONES is Dean Emeritus at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Author of Reimagining Christianity: Reconnect Your Spirit without Disconnecting Your Mind, he addresses how to follow Jesus and experience the sacred in ways that are authentic. This lecture was sponsored in memory of Toshi Kadowaki.
    Listen to the Saturday lecture here
    Listen to the Sunday sermon here
    View photos here
    ToledoFAVS: San Francisco minister speaks in Sylvania lecture series

  • January 19-20, 2013: MARTIN MARTY taught religious history for 35 years at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he now holds emeritus status and where the Martin Marty Center has since been founded to promote "public religion" endeavors.
    Listen to the Saturday lecture here
    Listen to the Sunday 9:20 lecture here
    View photos here
    Toledo Blade: Martin Marty to speak on God's words beyond the Bible
    ToledoFAVS: Martin Marty to kick off Sylvania UCC lecture series
    ToledoFAVS: U.S. religious-secular divide will never be settled, scholar says
  • The Chidester Lecture Series was established by Sylvania United Church of Christ with funds donated to honor the life of William Henry Chidester. Bill served as pastor at Sylvania UCC for 25 years before his death May 21, 2011. Our theme is borrowed with permission from the UCC: "God is Still Speaking."

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