Thurber Lecture Archives

Tony Campolo — Thurber Thursday – 1 September

On Welcoming the LGBT Community into the Church

Tony Campolo

Our guest speaker was Tony Campolo.

Tony Campolo is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University, a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, and the founder and president of the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education. He has written more than 35 books. He is one of the founders of the Red Letter Christian movement and blogs regularly at his website,, and can also be found on both Facebook and Twitter. Dr. Campolo and his wife Peggy live near Philadelphia and have two children and four grandchildren.

Tony lectured on his article, "For the Record" where he urges the church to be more welcoming to the LGBT community.

Wine and cheese at 19h00; Presentation 19h45-21h15.

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

TT_TCampolo_1Sep2016 from The American Church in Paris on Vimeo.

John Huffman – Thurber Thursday – 31 March

A Profile of the Church That Will Not Just Survive But Flourish in the 21st Century.

John Huffman

Our guest speaker will be Dr. John A. Huffman, Jr., a leading figure in national and international Evangelical circles.

Dinner served at 19h00; Presentation 19h45-21h15.

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

After forty-seven years of active local church ministry, in November of 2009 Dr. John A. Huffman, Jr. was honorably retired by the Los Ranchos Presbytery and elected “Pastor Emeritus” by the congregation of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. He has now re-emerged as a “Minister at Large.”

Born in Boston, Dr. Huffman earned his B.A. in history from Wheaton College and holds several advanced or honorary degrees, including a Master of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. As a Princeton student, he served as an assistant to Dr. Norman Vincent Peale at New York’s Marble Collegiate Church.

As a Princeton graduate student he served as an assistant to Dr. Norman Vincent Peale at New York’s Marble Collegiate Church and to Dr. Bryant M. Kirkland at New York’s Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, where he was ordained. From 1965-1968, he was the associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. From 1968-1973, he was pastor of the Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church in Florida. From 1973-1978, he served as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1978 John Huffman became the pastor of the 4000-member St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California.

Dr. Huffman has written nine books, including “The Family You Want” and “Forgive Us Our Prayers” by Christian Focus Publications, and the “Joshua” volume of The Communicator's Commentary published by Thomas Nelson.

He has extensive radio and television talk show experience on secular stations in Miami, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. He currently serves as an authoritative resource for various networks, newspapers and magazines on contemporary matters of faith and life.

Dr. Huffman has held many leadership positions in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He attended, as an Elected Accredited Visitor, the World Council of Churches Seventh Assembly in Canberra, Australia in 1991 and served on the General Board of the National Board of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., chairing the Presbyterian delegation for two terms.

He has been involved in professional sports chaplaincies, including the Miami Dolphins (1969-1973), the visiting NFL teams (1973-1978) and served as the backup chaplain on the PGA Senior Golf Tour (1973-1978).

Clayborne Carson — Thurber Thursday 22 October 18h30

Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Continuing Freedom Struggle


Our guest speaker will be Dr. Clayborne Carson. Dr. Clayborne Carson has devoted his professional life to the study of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the movements King inspired. Since receiving his doctorate from UCLA in 1975, Dr. Carson has taught at Stanford University, where he is now Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial professor of history and Ronnie Lott founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute.

During his undergraduate years at UCLA, Dr. Carson participated in civil rights and antiwar protests, and many of his subsequent writings reflect his experiences by stressing the importance of grassroots political activity within the African-American freedom struggle. Carson's publications include In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s (1981); Malcolm X: The FBI File (1991); African American Lives: The Struggle for Freedom (2005, co-author); and a memoir, Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. (2013).

In 1985, the late Coretta Scott King invited Dr. Carson to direct a long-term project to edit and publish the papers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Under Carson’s direction, the King Papers Project has produced seven volumes of an ongoing comprehensive edition of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., assembling King's most significant speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings.In 2005, Carson founded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute to endow and expand the work of the Kings Papers Project.

Dr. Carson also served as senior advisor for the award-winning, public television series on the civil rights movement, "Eyes on the Prize." In addition, he served as historical advisor for "Freedom on My Mind," which was nominated for an Oscar in 1995, as well as for "Chicano!" (1996), "Blacks and Jews" (1997), "Citizen King" (2004), "Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power" (2005), and "Have You Heard from Johannesburg?" a multipart documentary about the international campaign against apartheid in South Africa.

Dr. Carson has lectured throughout the United States. His topics have included King, SNCC, Malcolm X, the Black Panther Party, Black-Jewish relations, and affirmative action. He has appeared on many national radio and television shows, including Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, Fresh Air, Charlie Rose, Tavis Smiley, and Marketplace.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

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 (, 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.