Thurber Lecture Archives

Dr. Linda Stratford — Thurber Thursdays – 3 & 10 November, 8 December

War, Suffering and Hope – 3 November
The Immigrant Experience – 10 November
Advent and Healing – 8 December

Dr. Linda Stratford

Our guest speaker is Dr. Linda Stratford, who will speak on Art and Theology.

  • War, Suffering and Hope: 20th century French artist, Georges Rouault
  • The Immigrant Experience: artist, Marc Chagall
  • Advent and Healing: The Portinari Altarpiece, Florence

Dr. Stratford is director of Paris Semester, a semester of credits offered in Paris by Asbury University each fall (open to non-Asbury applicants). She received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook with an emphasis on Art and Society in France.

Since 2005, when she was appointed Lilly Scholar at Asbury University, she has pursued research on the theological foundations of artistic expression, co-founding ASCHA and stimulating critique of modern and contemporary art as autonomous from religious purposes;

Light Buffet at 19h00; Presentation 19h45-21h15.

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

War, Suffering and Hope – 3 November

The Immigrant Experience – 10 November

Advent and Healing: The Portinari Altarpiece, Florence – 8 December

Innocent Magambi — Thurber Lecture – Thursday, 1 December

Refugee for Life

Innocent Magambi

Our guest speaker is Innocent Magambi.

Mr Magambi was born in a small refugee settlement in DR Congo in 1979. His parents had fled the tribal conflict in Burundi seven years earlier. The war broke out in DR Congo when Innocent was a teenager, forcing him to flee. Innocent in turn became a refugee: over the next decade he lived in numerous camps across Eastern and Southern Africa.

At age 26, a church in Malawi’s capital city offered Innocent a scholarship to study theology. For the first time in his life, Innocent was able to live outside the confines of a refugee camp. He subsequently went on to found “There is Hope”, a Christian non-profit that provides opportunities for refugees and their host community to grow in their capacity to live with dignity, providing for their families and making a positive contribution to society.

Innocent is married to Florisa, who is Italian. Together they live and work in Lilongwe, Malawi, where they raise three boys.

Refugee For Life

Refugee for Life is Innocent’s memoir. Poignant stories of injustice and loss are framed in the context of day to day life in a refugee camp.

You will hear the voices of genocide survivors, refugee advocates and many others, as they provide insight into the events that caused Innocent’s displacement and subsequent life transformation.

You will cry and laugh as his journey across Africa becomes a journey of amazing significance, crammed with divine appointments which lead Innocent to establish an organisation that touches the lives of hundreds of people today.

The book is available in English in print and electronic formats from www.refugeeforlife.com.

Light Buffet at 19h00; Presentation 19h45-21h15.

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

Darrell Guder — Thurber Thursdays – 6 & 13 October

Missional Theology

Darrell Guder

Our guest speaker is Prof. Darrell Guder.

Prof. Guder recently retired after serving as Princeton Theological Seminary’s Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, he served as a student outreach pastor and as a faculty member of the Karlshohe College in the German Lutheran Church. His writing and teaching focus on the theology of the missional church, especially the theological implications of the paradigm shift to post-Christendom as the context for Christian mission in the West. One of his major research interests is reading Barth as a missional theologian. Among his many books is "The Continuing Conversion of the Church."

Audio of 6 October lecture:

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Video of 13 October lecture:

Light Buffet at 19h00; Presentation 19h45-21h15.

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

Christopher Hays – Thurber Thursdays – 7 & 14 April

7 April – Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?: Five Biblical Answers

14 April – In the Beginning Were the Words: The Origins of Writing and the Alphabet

Christopher Hays

Our guest speaker will be Dr. Christopher B. Hays, D. Wilson Moore Associate Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary.

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

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

Christopher Hays joined the Fuller faculty in 2008, as occupant of the D. Wilson Moore Chair of Ancient Near Eastern Studies. In 2013, he was one of ten scholars around the world to receive the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. He has previously held teaching and research positions at Emory University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of Notre Dame Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. He has participated in archaeological research in Israel and conducts study trips there.

 

Hays is the author of Hidden Riches: A Textbook for the Comparative Study of the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East (Westminster John Knox, 2014) and Death in the Iron Age II and in First Isaiah (Forschungen zum Alten Testament 79; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011). He is working on the Isaiah commentary for the Old Testament Library series, having translated the book for the Common English Bible and written the entry on Isaiah for the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible.

Hays has published articles on diverse topics in journals such as the Journal of Near Eastern Studies, the Journal of Biblical Literature, Vetus Testamentum, Biblica, Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, Ugarit-Forschungen, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, and the Journal of Theological Interpretation. He has also contributed essays to various edited volumes.

Hays teaches courses in Old Testament and directs the master’s program in Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the School of Theology. His languages include Hebrew, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin. Hays is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

7 April – Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?: Five Biblical Answers

14 April – In the Beginning Were the Words: The Origins of Writing and the Alphabet

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, RedLetterChristians.org, 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.

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