Sylvania United Church of Christ
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Chidester Lecture Series presents Robin Meyers September 20-21

Nurture

CHIDESTER LECTURE SERIES

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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." We seek to present a continuing series of speakers that explore 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, followed by light refreshments and conversation. 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. Childcare is available both days.

Series Dates and Lecturers:

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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.
  • Please check out videos, audio and press coverage from the 2012 Scientists in Congregations speaker series at our church.