Thurber Lecture Archives

Thurber Lecture — Joanne Burke

Paris Noir - African Americans in the City of Light
Wednesday 13 February in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Paris Noir - African Americans in the City of LightParis Noir: African Americans in the City of Light is the most comprehensive and compelling documentary existing on the remarkable migration of pioneering African Americans to France and the impact both cultures had on each other.

View film trailer here: www.africanamericansinparis.com.

Weaving stories and themes from World War I, the Jazz Age of the 1920s up to the German occupation of WWII, Paris Noir is thought-provoking storytelling that resonates in today's social and political climate. ​

More than a historical documentary, Paris Noir reveals the beginning of worldwide assertion of African American culture. Directed, written and edited by critically-acclaimed documentary filmmakers Joanne Burke and David Burke, Paris Noir blends rare photographs and archival footage, exciting period music, and insightful commentary by leading scholars and experts. ​

Joanne Burke was a top documentary film editor for CBS, NBC, and PBS in New York for twenty years, editor also of feature films for Sidney Lumet, and co-editor of Gimme Shelter, the Maysles Brothers’ classic documentary about the Rolling Stones, as well as over 20 documentaries. ​

David Burke was a longtime writer/producer for CBS News 60 Minutes and other CBS and NBC programs. He is the author of several travel books. His Writers In Paris evolved into the highly praised David Burke's Writers in Paris Walking Tours, listed as one of Lonely Planet's Top Ten literary walks worldwide. ​

Since moving to Paris in 1986, the Burkes have produced, written and edited independent films together: an award-winning biopic on jazz genius Mary Lou Williams and several documentaries focussing on innovative women in developing countries.

Their African Americans in Paris series, a groundbreaking 2-DVD set of mini documentaries, chronicles the experiences of pioneering Black Americans. The series received the award of Best Director from the prestigious Berlin Black International Cinema Film Festival in 2015.

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

 

Thurber Lecture — Bob and Gracie Ekblad

Redemptive Presence Amongst Today's Excluded.
Wednesday 16 January in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Bob and Gracie EkbladBob and Gracie Ekblad are founders and co-directors of Tierra Nueva (New Earth) in Burlington, Washington. Together they minister at Tierra Nueva and at their home-based retreat center New Earth Refuge in the Skagit Valley. They have three adult children. Bob is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He holds a ThD in Old Testament and is known internationally for his courses and workshops on reading the Bible. Gracie is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and holds a Masters in Theology. She pastors and teaches at Tierra Nueva and beyond, emphasizing discipleship, holistic healing and liberation.

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

 

Thurber Lecture — Dr. Medi Ann Volpe

Who is Normal?: Disability and the Image of God.
Wednesday 5 December in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Dr. Medi Ann VolpeDr. Medi (“Meeda”) Ann Volpe teaches theology and ethics at Durham University (UK). Her research draws contemporary themes in Christian formation, theological anthropology, spirituality and ethics into conversation with voices from the classical Christian tradition, and is particularly attentive to the gifts those with intellectual disabilities bring to the Church. Her first book, Rethinking Christian Identity: Doctrine and Discipleship, was published in the Challenges in Contemporary Theology series and her essays have appeared in numerous journals..

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

 

Thurber Lecture — Rev. Mateen Elass

Who is My Neighbor?: Muslim and Christian Bridgebuilding.
Tuesday 6 November in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Rev. Dr. Mateen ElassRev. Dr. Mateen Elass is a board member of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. He currently serves as an Associate Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs (ECO). In 2015, Mateen took up a new calling with Voice of the Truth, a ministry dedicated to reaching the Arabic-speaking peoples with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Mateen’s particular work is with churches and Christian groups eager to learn about Islam, its claims and challenges, and how to share the gospel winsomely and effectively with Muslims. He is eager to respond to opportunities for teaching and training Christians in these timely matters.

Elass was raised in Saudi Arabia in a Muslim environment. He holds degrees from Stanford University (B.A. Psychology; Philosophy), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div., M.A. Biblical Studies), and a PhD (New Testament) from the University of Durham in England. He is the author of Understanding the Koran: A Quick Christian Guide to the Muslim Holy Book and The Holy Spirit.

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

Thurber Lecture — Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil

Renewing the Church: An African American Perspective.
Wednesday 19 September in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Dr. Brenda Salter McNeilRev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is a speaker, author, professor, and thought-leader with over 30 years of experience in the ministry of reconciliation. Her mission is to inspire, equip and empower emerging Christian leaders to be practitioners of reconciliation in their various spheres of influence around the world.

​Dr. Salter McNeil earned a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Doctorate of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary, and was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from both North Park University and Eastern University. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church and serves as a member of the pastoral staff of Quest Church in Seattle, WA.

Presently, Dr. Salter McNeil is an Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies at Seattle Pacific University, where she also directs the Reconciliation Studies program. For 14 years, she was on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a Multiethnic Ministries Specialist. Currently she serves on the board of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA, and was previously on the Board of Directors for Wycliffe USA and Christians for Biblical Equality.

​Dr. Salter McNeil is known as an international trailblazer, leading individuals, communities, and organizations to biblical reconciliation. She was featured as one of the 50 most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012. She is the author of Roadmap to Reconciliation (2016), A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race (2008), and The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change (2005), coauthored with Rick Richardson.

She resides in Seattle with her husband, Dr. J. Derek McNeil. They are the proud parents of two young adult children.

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