Thurber Lecture Archives

Dr. George Hunsinger - Thurber Thursdays 18 & 25 June 18h30

Reading the Beatitudes from a Center in Christ - 18 June
Karl Barth's Life and Thought: An Introduction - 25 June

Dr. George HunsingerGeorge Hunsinger is the Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at the Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his B.D. from Harvard University Divinity School and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University. He served as director of the Seminary’s Center for Barth Studies from 1997 to 2001. He has broad interests in the history and theology of the Reformed tradition and in “generous orthodoxy” as a way beyond the modern liberal/conservative impasse in theology and church. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he was a major contributor to the new Presbyterian catechism. He teaches courses on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the Reformed tradition, the theology of the Lord’s Supper, the theology of John Calvin, and classical and recent Reformed theology. He is the founder of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

Paul Ohana — Thurber Thursday 4 June 18h30

Leadership in the Bible

Paul Ohana

Our guest speaker will be Paul Ohana. Paul, co-author of Leadership in the Bible (www.leadershipinthebible.com), is an international management consultant, has a broad background in leadership. Entrepreneur, author and lecturer, he strives to make everyone a better leader.

Paul has a multidisciplinary background in engineering, law, economics, management, and marketing acquired at ENSTelecommunications Paris, the Sorbonne, International Marketing Institute of the Harvard Graduate School of Business, and at the graduate School of the University of Pittsburgh. He has managed large companies and innovative start-ups in France, Morocco, Israel and the United States. Paul lives in Paris.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

 

Pastor Karla Halvorson — Thurber Thursday 28 May 18h30

Centering Prayer

Karla Halvorson

"Contemplative Prayer is the world in which God can do anything. To move into this realm is the greatest adventure. It is to open to the Infinite and hence infinite possibilities.” T. Keating.

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

 

The intrigue and simplicity of this method of prayer has drawn members of a church in California into this great adventure. Come and hear what God is up to at San Marcos Lutheran Church through the practice of Centering Prayer. This lecture is both a case study and an opportunity to practice this method of prayer in your own life and community.

Our guest speaker will be Karla Halvorson, a pastor of San Marcos Lutheran Church, San Marcos CA, part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

San Marcos Lutheran is a vibrant congregation which has recently become active in the contemplative outreach network (ContemplativeOutreach.org). She and members of her congregation are actively pursuing the contemplative approach to prayer through Centering and Sacred Reading (Lectio Divina). These efforts attracted the attention of the ELCA's Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, who visited the congregation and will feature them and this method of prayer in the 2015 Synod Assemblies of the ELCA.

Pastor Karla is a board member of Churches Against (Human) Trafficking (CAT) and the North County Anti Human Trafficking Coalition. She is here on sabbatical through a Lilly Foundation Clergy Renewal Grant. The grant proposal includes time for study and reflection on the Christian practices of contemplation and meditation and how these practices lead to more fruitful outreach, awareness, and action in all areas of social justice.

 

 

Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley - Thurber Thursday 21 May 18h30

Thurber Thursday lecture — Thursday 21 May 18:30
Guest Preacher — Sunday 24 May

#BlackLivesMatter - The Continual Quest for the Kingdom in America — Thurber Thursday lecture

Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley Why are so many unarmed Black men being gravely injured or dying at the hands of police officers in America? How can we understand the violent community uprisings that often follow each new death? What do these recent events say about the state of Dr. King's "dream" in America?

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30. Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all.

Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley is the Senior Pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC) in Alexandria.

Rev. Wesley represents the fourth generation of Baptist preachers in his family. He is the son of the late Rev. Dr. Alvin J. Wesley and Dr. Helene J. Wesley. A 1994 magna cum laude graduate of Duke University; he doubled majored in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. After his first year in medical school, he yielded to God’s call once again and walked away from a medical career to attend seminary in preparation for serving God’s people. He attended the Boston University School of Theology where he was a Martin L. King, Jr. Scholar and a 1997 summa cum laude graduate concentrating on Biblical Studies and African-American religious history. His passion for preaching and learning led him to the Associated Chicago Theological School’s Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program where he graduated from the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary with his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2003.

For his labor, Dr. Wesley has received numerous awards and accolades. He is one of the 2013 recipients of The Root 100: A Who’s Who of Black America award, and one of seven to receive the James Floyd Jenkins Pillar of Faith Award presented by Howard University School of Divinity, in collaboration with the United Church of Christ in April 2014. Moreover, he is associated with several organizations: Alexandria NAACP, the Northern Virginia Urban League, the Community Coalition for Haiti, a member of the Board of Directors for the Hopkins House and the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, a member of the Board for the Lott Carey Convention, and a member of the board of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies. He has also served as honorary chairperson for the African American Adoptions, Inc. just to name a few. A member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Dr. Wesley is an avid golfer who also enjoys movies, reading, and working out. He celebrated his 20th year anniversary in the ministry on November 29, 2009. He is the proud father of two beautiful sons, Howard-John, II and Cooper Reece.

 

 

James Alison — Thurber Thursday 19 March 18h30

What does Micah 6:8 look like through the eyes of a Christian...who happens to be Gay?"

James Alison

Our guest speaker will be James Alison, a Catholic theologian, priest and author. He has studied, lived and worked in Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile and the United States as well as his native England. A systematic theologian by training, James has developed Jesus the Forgiving Victim, a program of induction into the Christian Faith for adults, following on from the insight into desire associated with René Girard. He has taught the course, either as a whole or in portions, to small groups around the world over the last fourteen years, and its form and content has been shaped by those experiences.

James earned his doctorate in theology from the Jesuit Faculty in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He is the author of Knowing Jesus (London: SPCK 1992,8; Springfield: Templegate 1993); Raising Abel New York: Crossroad 1996 (2nd edition, updated, London: SPCK 2010) The Joy of Being Wrong (Crossroad 1998); Faith beyond resentment: fragments catholic and gay (London: Darton Longman & Todd 2001; Crossroad 2001) On being liked (DLT 2003 and Crossroad 2004). Undergoing God (DLT (London) and Continuum (New York) 2006) and Broken Hearts and New Creations: intimations of a great reversal (DLT (London) and Continuum (New York) 2010. Editions of some of James’ books exist in Spanish, Italian, Dutch, French, Russian and Portuguese. Some of his more recent writings can be found in a variety of languages on his U.K. website. www.jamesalison.co.uk

Having lived with the Dominican Order between 1981 and 1995, James works as an itinerant preacher, lecturer and retreat giver. He is currently a Fellow, and the chair of the Education Committee, of Imitatio. He accompanies a wide variety of publics, through academic lectures, undergraduate, postgraduate and professors’ seminars, adult catechesis courses, retreats for priests, parish groups, and Catholic and ecumenical gay and lesbian retreats. James’ 2014 schedule includes engagements in Capetown, South Africa. When not on the road, James lives in São Paulo, Brazil.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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