Thurber Lecture Archives

Virtual Thurber Conversation - Jan 2021, Rev. Dr. Steed Davidson

Letters of Hope and Contention: Reading the Letters of Jeremiah 29
Tuesday 19 January at 19h30 via Zoom.

All are welcome at the January Virtual Thurber Conversation with Rev. Dr. Steed Davidson. As we journey forward into this new year, let us join together for prayer, fellowship, and learning.

Letters of Hope and Contention: Reading the Letters of Jeremiah 29. In this correspondence the prophet contends with those who would push a narrative of hope for a quick resolution to their current situation. Instead, the prophet expands the horizons of the future to an indefinite period, preferring instead to see Babylon as home and the place where God’s hope can be realized. What does it mean when hope takes on a different form than we expected?

Dr. Davidson, who preached for ACP on 27 December, will join us live from Chicago, where he is the Dean of the Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Hebrew Bible at McCormick Theological Seminary.

Dr. Davidson is the Dean of the Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Professor of Hebrew Bible at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Davidson is author of Empire and Exile: Postcolonial Readings of the Book of Jeremiah, co-editor of Islands, Islanders and the Bible: RumiNations, and is currently co-authoring Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: A Guide for the Perplexed.

He is a native of Trinidad and Tobago, and earned a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. He received an S.T.M. from Boston University, an M.A. from the University of the West Indies, and a Diploma of Ministerial Studies from the United Theological College of the West Indies. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.

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Virtual Thurber Conversation - Dec 2020, Dr. Salim J. Munayer

Encountering the Christ-Child Through My Enemy's Eyes: Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel-Palestine
Tuesday 8 December at 19h30 via Zoom, Live From Bethlehem!

ACP is honored to welcome Dr. Munayer as he shares his story of working toward peace and reconciliation in Israel-Palestine. Dr. Munayer is Executive Director of Musalaha Ministry of Reconciliation, an organization he founded in 1990. For more than 25 years, Musalaha has been bringing Israelis and Palestinians together, facilitating reconciliation.

A Palestinian–Israeli born in Lod as one of six children, Salim received his B.A. from Tel Aviv University in History and Geography. After his B.A. graduation, Salim did graduate studies in New Testament studies at Pepperdine University. Salim then earned a M.A. at Fuller Theological Seminary and Ph.D. from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in the United Kingdom where his doctoral dissertation was entitled “The Ethnic Identity of Palestinian Arab Christian Adolescents in Israel.”

Salim has authored several books on Reconciliation, the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict, Christians in Israel, and Christians under the Palestinian Authority. Salim’s most recent work is Through My Enemy’s Eyes, Envisioning Reconciliation in Israel–Palestine, co–authored with Lisa Loden. Salim served as academic dean of the esteemed Bethlehem Bible College from 1989 to 2008, and he continues there as professor. Salim is married to Kay and has four sons, Jack, Daniel, John and Sam.

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Virtual Thurber Conversation - Nov 2020, Dr. Greg Garrett

Race, Film, and Hope: Living into Reconciliation by Dr. Greg Garrett
Tuesday 10 November at 19h30 via Zoom

Dr. Garrett's most recent book is A Long, Long Way: Hollywood's Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation (Oxford). In this powerful new book, after more than a century of cinema, he argues, movies have altered our cultural perspectives in the same way that religious narratives have. And in fact, religious traditions offer powerful correctives to our cultural narratives. A Long, Long Way incorporates both cinematic and religious truth-telling to the subject of race and reconciliation. In acknowledging the racist history of America's national art form, Garrett offers the possibility of hope for the future. His conversation with us will help us confront the ways film has often negatively portrayed minority groups thus reinforcing a racist narrative in our society and offer ways to lean into the healing and reconciliation God longs for us to know as a church.

Virtual Thurber Conversation - Oct 2020, Dr. Soong-Chang Rah

Lament and Hope by Dr. Soong-Chang Rah
Tuesday 13 October at 19h30 via Zoom

Join us as we consider together the topic of Lament and Hope.

Thurber Conversation — Rev. Odette Lockwood-Stewart

Towards a Theology of Returning!
Tuesday 10 March in the Thurber Room – Meal at 19h; Presentation 19h45-21h15

Rev. Odette Lockwood-Stewart

Theologies of liberation claim and embody Gospel righteousness, that is, right relationship, of God with oppressed, dispossessed and marginalized peoples. Biblical and contemporary prophets and Christian discipleship call non-marginalized Christians to remember, relinquish, and return. In this conversation we will reflect on Scripture and on varied life experience. We will explore the public acts of worship, service and community that make for Gospel change in our lives and the world.

Reverend Odette Lockwood-Stewart is delighted to return to ACP. United Methodist pastor and seminary professor, Rev. Odette led congregations and campus ministries in California for forty-one years. She planted and re-vitalized ministries in health sciences, higher education, and community organizing, and published devotions, curricula, sermons, and poetry. Christian ministry is her passion. Social History, film, and literature are among her personal interests. In June she will begin her service as Interim Senior Pastor at ACP.

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

Video recordings of selected past Thurber Lectures here