Thurber Lecture Archives

Dr. Mark Labberton — Thurber Thursday 9 Oct 18h30

Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus

Dr. Mark Labberton

Dr. Mark Labberton is the fifth President and Lloyd John Ogilvie Professor of Preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Described as a “Renaissance Man” by the Pasadena Star-News, he is a painter, musician and a well-travelled public speaker - and universally admired by his students. He took his Master’s degree at Fuller and went on for a Ph.D. in theology at Cambridge University.

He speaks of challenges facing institutions of higher education and seminaries today, especially financial and technological: “I think that technology, while it disrupts higher education, also creates opportunities for connections to the wider world.” It is this philosophy of blending worship and scholarship that brings Reverend Labberton to Paris. He says, “There are a lot of different bridges that need to be built and encouraged and that’s a big piece of what I want to do.” The Fuller Board of Trustees Chairman describes him as “a man of incredible breadth. He is a scholar, a pastor and a leader.”

Finally, Dr. Labberton says, “Because I’ve been a pastor for the better part of 30 years, I have a deep sense of what the local church is about. Because I have served in a creative, dynamic place – in Berkeley, California – for most of those years, I have a sense of the way that culture is changing.”

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

Dr. Greg Cootsona — Thurber Thursday 25 Sept 18h30

C. S. Lewis and the Crisis of Science

Dr. Greg Cootsona

Dr. Greg Cootsona is associate pastor for adult discipleship and college ministries at Bidwell Presbyterian Church in Chico, California. He co-directed Scientists in Congregations, a program from which the American Church in Paris received a grant to encourage the dialogue of faith and science. He has just finished his fifth book, C. S. Lewis in Crisis. Greg has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the U.C. Berkeley, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Greg and his wife, Laura, live in Chico and have two teenage daughters. Besides hanging out with his family, he loves to mountain bike, read, and drink good coffee.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

Dr. Andrew Root — Thurber Thursday 19 June 18h30

Bonhoeffer, the Young, and the Future of the Church

Dr. Andrew Root

German culture in the 1920s and 30s had become obsessed with the young, believing the political power and religious institutional strength was contingent on capturing young people's energy and commitment.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer saw how this anxious desire was problematic for the church and its theological commitments.  This lecture will explore how Bonhoeffer's own thought was fueled by his work with young people. It will make a case that Bonhoeffer's understanding of resistance, the church, and the concrete action of Jesus Christ in the world was bound within his ministry to young people.

Dr. Andrew Root, Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Olson Baalson associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

 

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.