Thurber Lecture Archives

Thurber Lecture — Rabbi Tom Cohen

Wednesday 17 May in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15
Shalom: Judaism and Peace

Rabbi Tom Cohen Rabbi Tom Cohen serves Kehilat Gesher, the only progressive, bilingual synagogue in the Paris region, offering all services in English, French, and Hebrew. Founded over twenty years ago, the congregation includes over 170 families and welcomes some 450 individuals for its annual High Holy Day services.

Rabbi Tom Cohen was born in Portland, Oregon, in the United States. He became interested in religious philosophy and Judaism while he was studying at Portland State University and pursued his studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies, he decided to become a rabbi. For the next six years, he continued his education in Los Angeles where he received another degree in Hebrew Literature, in Jerusalem, and finally, in New York City, where he completed his Master in Hebrew Literature. In 1991 he was ordained under the auspices of the Jewish Theological Seminary and has been Rabbi of Kehilat Gesher since 1993.

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

Dr. Tariq Ramadan — Thurber Lecture

Salam: Islam and Peace
Thursday 9 February in the Thurber Room
– Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Dr. Tariq RamadanDr. Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at the Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College) and also teaches at the Oxford Faculty of Theology. He is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies (Qatar) and the University of Malaysia Perlis; Senior Research Fellow at Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan) and Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar).

He holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars (ijazat in seven disciplines). Through his writings and lectures Tariq has contributed to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. He is active at academic and grassroots levels lecturing extensively throughout the world on theology, ethics, social justice, ecology and interfaith as well intercultural dialogue. He is President of the European think tank: European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels. He is a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.

His latest books include: Islam and the Arab Awakening OUP USA (2012); The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East Penguin (April 2012); The Quest for Meaning, Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism Penguin (2010); What I believe OUP USA (2009); Radical Reform, Islamic Ethics and Liberation OUP USA (2008), Au péril des idées (French) with Edgar Morin, Presses du Châtelet, March 2014.

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

 

Rev. Cleve V. Tinsley IV and Rev. Dr. Matt Russell — Thurber Lecture

The Disorienting and Prophetic Work of Improbable Friendships
Tuesday 17 January in the Thurber Room
– Dinner at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Rev. Cleve V. Tinsley IVRev. Matt Russell6What does Shalom look like in friendships? What does Shalom look like in cities where there are significant barriers to racial reconciliation? Join us for our first Thurber Lecture of 2017 on Tuesday, January 17 at 19h00 with Rev. Cleve Tinsley IV and Rev. Matthew Russell to discuss their vision and work for shalom in Houston, Texas.

Rev. Cleve V. Tinsley IV is an ordained Baptist minister, scholar, and community activist based in Houston. Currently he serves as Theologian-in-Residence at St. John's United Methodist Church-Downtown in Houston. Rev. Tinsley is also a PhD candidate in the Department of Religion at Rice University where his academic research explores critical understandings of the wider social scientific and historical approaches to the study of religion in general and African-American religion in particular.

Rev. Dr. Matt Russell is currently on staff at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas as the Senior Associate and is the Executive Director of projectCURATE, which is a grassroots educational and social enterprise incubator.

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

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.