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.

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Ellen Kountz — 24 January at 19h30

Destination: Freedom — Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Black History Month ACP Thurber Thursday 24012013Black History Month, February 2013

Commemorating the sesquicentennial of Emancipation, Ellen Kountz narrates the life and times of the celebrated emancipator and abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Ellen Kountz was born at Stanford University Hospital in Palo Alto, California. In 1973 she moved with her parents and two older brothers to the North Shore of Long Island. Upon graduation from Great Neck North High School in 1988 she attended the undergraduate business program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. At the end of her junior year, the Dean warned her that she needed at least one liberal arts class to graduate. She went to Paris on a study abroad program to perfect her French while fulfilling the requirement and has lived there ever since.Ellen Kountz

When people ask Ellen why she stayed in Paris, she reminds them that she was hired as a capital markets intern in the trading room at JP Morgan bank’s Paris office, located at place Vendôme. As a finance major, was there a better first job in the world? Over the years, she went on to positions of increasing responsibility in other financial services institutions in Paris. She most recently worked at the Bourse de Paris, rebranded NYSE Euronext. Currently, she is a candidate for certification as an independent corporate director at the Institut Français des Administrateurs, on the campus of Sciences Po.

Ellen lives in the Left Bank with her husband and daughter.

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.

Bonnie Smith — 7 February at 19h30

Human Trafficking

Bonnie Smith will be speaking on the subject of Human Trafficking. She will talk briefly about how she became aware of modern-day slavery, and through a short film lead us in understanding the process victims go through. After the film, Bonnie will offer suggestions on what individuals can do to counter slavery in today's global society. Following the presentation, there will be time to pose questions and engage in a discussion. Bonnie, now retired, is a former teacher, scholarly editor, and public historian.

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.

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