Thurber Lecture Archives

Bonnie Smith — 7 February at 19h30

Human Trafficking

Bonnie Smith will be speaking on the subject of Human Trafficking. She will talk briefly about how she became aware of modern-day slavery, and through a short film lead us in understanding the process victims go through. After the film, Bonnie will offer suggestions on what individuals can do to counter slavery in today's global society. Following the presentation, there will be time to pose questions and engage in a discussion. Bonnie, now retired, is a former teacher, scholarly editor, and public historian.

Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all. We share a meal at 18h30 and the evening program begins at 19h30.

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Dr. J. Dudley Woodberry — Thursday, 4 October at 19h30

"The Surprising Comparisons between Christianity and Islam!"


We welcome Dr. J Dudley Woodberry, dean emeritus and senior professor of Islamic studies at Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies. He is considered one of the foremost Christian scholars of Islam. He has served as consultant on the Muslim world to President Carter, the State Department, USAID, and other U.S. government agencies. He has also been an active part of the Zwemer Institute for Muslim Studies and has served as coordinator and acting senior associate of the Muslim track of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. He also served as a teacher in Pakistan and a pastor in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, and has ministered in at least 35 predominantly Muslim nations around the world. Read more about his work and publications at wikipedia and

Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all. We share a meal at 18h30 and the evening program begins at 19h30.

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Enuma Okoro — Thurber Thursday 7 November 19h30

Enuma OkoroDesire and the Spiritual Life — Thurber Thursday 7 November 19h30

As we approach the holiday season our culture teaches us to focus on what we want. Desire is a common cultural word but does it mean anything different in our spiritual lives? What room can we make for our desires in our walk with God? Are some desires better than others? How do we learn to recognize holy desires? Does God care about our desires? Does desire get in the way of truly following Christ?

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

Enuma C. Okoro is a writer, speaker, Spiritual Director, and a communications consultant. She is an award-winning author of three books on the call and challenge to the spiritual life. With a professional background in Communications, Psychology and Theology, Enuma’s work embraces the dynamics of effective communication, the classic spiritual traditions, and the contemporary arts. She writes, speaks and consults on numerous issues and topics based off of four key areas: 1) Identity and Belonging in a diverse world; 2) Women and the transformative power of personal narratives; 3) Professional and social communities and the importance of a collective and shared narrative; and 4) Spiritual formation, growth and holistic wellness. Her work has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, The Washington Post, CNN, The Huffington Post, NPR, and The Michael Eric Dyson Show. Visit Enuma at

Enuma Okoro — 11 October at 19h30

Enuma Enuma Okoro will return to ACP and speak on her new book Silence. Enuma was born in the US but raised in Nigeria, Ivory Coast and England.  She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School where she served as the Director for the Center of Theological Writing.  She is a Spiritual Director in the Ignatian tradition, a writer, speaker, and leader of retreats and workshops.  You can read more about Enuma and her books at Enuma's Website.


Question and Answers

Thurber Thursday — 17 & 24 October 19h30 in the Thurber Room

Two part series:
The Royal Imposter or the Sneaky God Moving Among Us
Speaker: Dr. Teresa Stricklen

Dr. Teresa StricklenThe Rev. Dr. Teresa Lockhart Stricklen is Associate for Worship in the Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville, Kentucky. Before going to the Office, she taught preaching and worship as an assistant professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She has also taught at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Have you ever thought of God being like fairy tales’ royalty who disguise themselves as peasants in order to find out what’s going on their kingdom so that they can help their people?

Thurber Thursdays is an adult community gathering and growth time that is open to all. The evening program begins at 19h30; reception to follow the lecture.