Thurber Lecture Archives

Enuma Okoro — Thurber Thursday 7 November 19h30

Enuma OkoroDesire and the Spiritual Life — Thurber Thursday 7 November 19h30

As we approach the holiday season our culture teaches us to focus on what we want. Desire is a common cultural word but does it mean anything different in our spiritual lives? What room can we make for our desires in our walk with God? Are some desires better than others? How do we learn to recognize holy desires? Does God care about our desires? Does desire get in the way of truly following Christ?

Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all. Reception following lecture.


Enuma C. Okoro is a writer, speaker, Spiritual Director, and a communications consultant. She is an award-winning author of three books on the call and challenge to the spiritual life. With a professional background in Communications, Psychology and Theology, Enuma’s work embraces the dynamics of effective communication, the classic spiritual traditions, and the contemporary arts. She writes, speaks and consults on numerous issues and topics based off of four key areas: 1) Identity and Belonging in a diverse world; 2) Women and the transformative power of personal narratives; 3) Professional and social communities and the importance of a collective and shared narrative; and 4) Spiritual formation, growth and holistic wellness. Her work has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, The Washington Post, CNN, The Huffington Post, NPR, and The Michael Eric Dyson Show. Visit Enuma at www.enumaokoro.com.

Thurber Thursday — 19 September at 18h30/19h30

Prof. Simon Conway Morris — Eight evolutionary myths: The closing of the Darwinian mind?

Dr. Simon Conway MorrisDr. Simon Conway Morris is a professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John's College. He has published extensively on the Burgess Shale and the Cambrian "explosion" (summarized in The Crucible of Creation; OUP) and more recently has developed an interest in evolutionary convergence and the limits of evolution (summarized in Life's Solution; CUP). He was won various medals, etc and was elected to the Royal Society in 1990. He is also engaged with the public understanding of science and in 1996 delivered the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. When undisturbed he can usually be found reading something by G.K. Chesterton or the Inklings, with a glass of wine (or something stronger) immediately to hand.

Dr. Morris's lecture can be heard here.

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Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all. We share a meal at 18h30 and the evening program begins at 19h30.

Thurber Thursday — 17 & 24 October 19h30 in the Thurber Room

Two part series:
The Royal Imposter or the Sneaky God Moving Among Us
Speaker: Dr. Teresa Stricklen

Dr. Teresa StricklenThe Rev. Dr. Teresa Lockhart Stricklen is Associate for Worship in the Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville, Kentucky. Before going to the Office, she taught preaching and worship as an assistant professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She has also taught at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Have you ever thought of God being like fairy tales’ royalty who disguise themselves as peasants in order to find out what’s going on their kingdom so that they can help their people?

Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all. The evening program begins at 19h30; reception to follow the lecture.