Thurber Lecture Archives

Thurber Lecture — Pastor Eugene Cho

The Whole Gospel.
Thursday 12 April in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Pastor Eugene ChoWhat does it mean to teach, live, and embody a faith that reflects both the Great Commandment and the Great Commission? Evangelism and Justice are not competing agendas but rather, equally important to our discipleship.

Eugene Cho is the founder and Lead Pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington. He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW) – a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty.

For his entrepreneurial work and spirit, Eugene was recently honored as one of 50 Everyday American Heroes and the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Eugene recently released his first book, Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?

Eugene and Minhee have been married for 21 years and have three children. Together, they live in Seattle, Washington.

Pastor Cho is also preaching at ACP on Sunday 8 April.

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

 

Thurber Lecture — Ralston Deffenbaugh

The Stranger: There once was a refugee family named Joseph, Mary and Jesus
The Refugee Crisis and How a Congregation Can Make a Difference

Wednesday 21 March in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Ralston DeffenbaughMr. Deffenbaugh will talk about the strong Biblical, theological, and historical foundation for Christian service with refugees and migrants. In fact, they are us. He will give an overview of the current global refugee situation and give examples of how individuals and congregations can respond to our Lord’s call to “welcome the stranger.”

Ralston Deffenbaugh (Ralie) is a human rights lawyer who has spent most of his career working for the church. He retired in June 2017 after seven years’ service as the Lutheran World Federation’s Assistant General Secretary for International Affairs and Human Rights. In that role, he coordinated the LWF’s international affairs and human rights advocacy and policy development, advised the General Secretary, and served as the LWF’s main representative to the United Nations offices in Geneva.

Mr. Deffenbaugh’s previous experience includes 18 years heading up the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (the U.S. Lutheran churches’ agency for resettling refugees and working with asylum seekers, unaccompanied refugee children, and persons in immigration detention), six years heading up the Lutheran Office for World Community (representing LWF at UN headquarters in New York), and four previous years at LWF Geneva (also handling international affairs advocacy). During Namibia’s transition to independence in 1989-90, Deffenbaugh served as legal adviser for the Namibian Lutheran bishops. A graduate of the University of Colorado (in Economics) and of the Harvard Law School, Deffenbaugh is licensed to practice law in Colorado. He is married to Miriam Boraas Deffenbaugh; they have two adult children.

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

 

Thurber Lecture — Rev. Greg Millikan

God is in the Room: The Biblical Theme of God’s Presence with us in Everyday Life.
Tuesday 13 February in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Rev. Greg MillikanIn his early twenties, after looking into different religions, traveling to different parts of the world and questioning many of his assumptions about life, Greg had an encounter with hearing Jesus' voice that he couldn’t intellectually deny and led him to rethink everything. God was in the room, now what? This led to a season of God significantly softening Greg’s heart and began a growing awareness of God’s presence physically. As these tangible encounters with God’s love and power intensified Greg began a gradual process of sharing this with others in multiple ministry roles as an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). What initially was a ‘Peter getting out the boat and standing on water’ type of experience became a more abiding reality as Greg learned to share what was in him with others, not just in church settings, but in everyday life. This pursuit has led to in-depth biblical and theological study and spending time with different Christian communities around the world to learn about others' experience of God's presence and power.

Rev. Greg Millikan is a PhD candidate in practical theology at Durham University in the UK. He has studied Scripture and theology at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland; received his Masters of Divinity from Regent College in Vancouver, BC; and his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington. Greg is ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA. He, his wife, Alison, and their four kids are currently living in Bend, Oregon.

Rev. Millikan is also preaching at ACP on Sunday 11 February.

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

The two Bible Project videos Rev. Millikan showed during the presention are omitted from the video, but are available here: Holiness and Heaven & Earth.

 

Thurber Lecture — Prof. Mark Burrows

Heart-Work of Love: Meister Eckhart’s Vision of Wholeness in a Time of Fragmentation
Wednesday 24 January in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Prof. Mark Burrows“The eye with which I see God is exactly the same eye with which God sees me. My eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowledge, one love.” One seeing: this is the key to faithful living. One knowledge: this is a theme central to the writings of Meister Eckhart (d. 1328), which speaks prophetically to a hurried culture like ours, riddled with brokenness and burdened with anxiety. One love: if we could find a way to live into this, personally and as a society, we would be healthier and happier. The challenge is putting such a depth-vision into practice. This talk offers the opportunity to do just this: to drink deeply from the wellspring of a vision like Eckhart’s that invites us to “make all things new,” beginning with our own lives. Courageous and even audacious, Eckhart’s language was well ahead of his times, offering us the kind of wisdom we need to live into the “new” life that faith promises. Such a vision, anticipating the reformers’ later emphasis on radical grace, embodies Jesus’ sense that “eternal life” invites us to live into ever deeper love—here and now. Come to taste the fruit of this bold visionary. Expect the stirrings of transformation.

Prof. Mark Burrows, Ph.D. is well-known internationally for his writings and as a lecturer and retreat leader. A published poet with a doctorate in historical theology, he has devoted his energies as teacher and scholar to the intersection of theology and the arts, above all as mediated by the mystics. These offer us what he describes as “the most practical and life-changing sources” in our tradition. Currently professor of theology and literature at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum, Germany, he is the author (with Jon Sweeney) of a recent book of poems inspired by Meister Eckhart, Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart. Meditations for the Restless Soul (Hampton House, 2017), a title one reviewer recently described as “brimming with passion, originality, and depth”.

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

Thurber Lecture — Dr. Judith Wolfe

C.S. Lewis and New Creation
Tuesday 5 December in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Dr. Judith WolfeMany of C.S. Lewis's stories – Narnia, Perelandra, The Great Divorce, Till We Have Faces -- are inspired by images of new creation. We will be discussing what makes these images so rich and vibrant, and how they shape C.S. Lewis's Christian outlook. We will discuss the ideas – both religious and literary – that Lewis draws upon in crafting these images of new creation, and how they can inspire us, too, as we seek to shape our life and our world according to God's promise.

Dr. Judith Wolfe is Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She studied literature and philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and first literature and then philosophical theology at Oxford. Before moving to St Andrews, she taught at Bard College Berlin and at St John's College, Oxford. Her work is on Christian eschatology and on the interfaces between philosophy, theology and literature. She has a particular love for C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, on whom she has co-edited three books (C.S. Lewis and the Church, C.S. Lewis's Perelandra: Reshaping the Image of the Cosmos, and C.S. Lewis and his Circle) and edits an academic journal, The Journal of Inklings Studies.

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