Thurber Lecture Archives

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

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

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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Dr. George Hunsinger - Thurber Thursdays 18 & 25 June 18h30

Reading the Beatitudes from a Center in Christ - 18 June
Karl Barth's Life and Thought: An Introduction - 25 June

Dr. George HunsingerGeorge Hunsinger is the Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at the Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his B.D. from Harvard University Divinity School and his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University. He served as director of the Seminary’s Center for Barth Studies from 1997 to 2001. He has broad interests in the history and theology of the Reformed tradition and in “generous orthodoxy” as a way beyond the modern liberal/conservative impasse in theology and church. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he was a major contributor to the new Presbyterian catechism. He teaches courses on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the Reformed tradition, the theology of the Lord’s Supper, the theology of John Calvin, and classical and recent Reformed theology. He is the founder of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

Paul Ohana — Thurber Thursday 4 June 18h30

Leadership in the Bible

Paul Ohana

Our guest speaker will be Paul Ohana. Paul, co-author of Leadership in the Bible (www.leadershipinthebible.com), is an international management consultant, has a broad background in leadership. Entrepreneur, author and lecturer, he strives to make everyone a better leader.

Paul has a multidisciplinary background in engineering, law, economics, management, and marketing acquired at ENSTelecommunications Paris, the Sorbonne, International Marketing Institute of the Harvard Graduate School of Business, and at the graduate School of the University of Pittsburgh. He has managed large companies and innovative start-ups in France, Morocco, Israel and the United States. Paul lives in Paris.

Dinner served at 18h30; lecture at 19h30.

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