Thurber Lecture Archives

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.

 

Ronald White — Thurber Thursday 12 March 18h30

Abraham Lincoln 2015; Wisdom for Today

Ronald C. White, Jr.

Our guest speaker will be Ronald C. White, Jr., graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, and author of A. Lincoln: A Biography, a New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times bestseller. The book was honored as a best book of 2009 by the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, History Book Club, and Barnes & Noble.His Lincoln biography won the coveted Christopher Award in 2010 which salutes books “that affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”

White is also the author of Lincoln's Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural (2002), honored as a New York Times Notable Book of 2002, and a Washington Post and San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, and The Eloquent President: A Portrait of Lincoln Through His Words (2005), a Los Angeles Times bestseller, a selection of the History Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club.

Listen to Dr. White preaching on Abraham Lincoln's Sermon on the Mount at the ACP on 8 March here.

He is presently writing a comprehensive biography of Ulysses S. Grant — American Ulysses — which will be published in the spring of 2015 by Random House. He has lectured at the White House and been interviewed on the PBS News Hour.

Dr. White is a graduate of UCLA and Princeton Theological Seminary with a Ph.D. in Religion and History from Princeton University. He has studied at Lincoln Theological College in England. He has been honored with a D. H. L. [Doctor of Humane Letters] from Whitworth University. He has taught at UCLA, Princeton Theological Seminary, Whitworth University, Colorado College, Rider University, and San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is a Fellow at the Huntington Library, Visiting Professor of History at UCLA, and a Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum. He lives with his wife, Cynthia, in La Cañada, California.  www.ronaldcwhitejr.com

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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

 

Scott Cormode — Thurber Thursday 12 Feb 18h30

Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King as Speakers for Change

Scott Cormode

Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King delivered the most famous speeches in American History. And their words changed the world. What can religious leaders learn from how Lincoln and King changed the story of a people and in so doing changed the people themselves?

Our guest speaker will be Scott Cormode, Academic Dean and Hugh De Pree Professor of Leadership Development, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary.

Scott Cormode was named academic dean in Fall 2013, after serving on the faculty at Fuller since 2006 as the Hugh De Pree Associate Professor of Leadership Development. Cormode brought significant leadership and teaching experience to this position, as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who served for the previous decade as George Butler Associate Professor of Church Administration and Finance at Claremont School of Theology. Cormode also served at Claremont as associate dean for institutional research, chair of the Curriculum Committee, chair of the Accreditation Team, and principal writer of the Long Range Planning Committee.

Functioning as a leader of leaders, Cormode founded in 1998 the Academy of Religious Leadership, an organization for professors who teach leadership in seminaries, and created the Journal of Religious Leadership, for which he also acts as editor, in 2001. His articles on leadership, organization, and technology have appeared as well in Christian Century, Theological Education, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. His most recent book, Making Spiritual Sense: Theological Interpretation as Christian Leadership, was published by Abingdon Press in 2006. He has served as convener for numerous leadership conferences, presented dozens of papers, chaired various boards, and led training events. He maintains a series of case studies and other resources on christianleaders.org, a website for developing Christian leaders. fuller.edu/faculty/scormode/

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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