Visiting Scholars Program

2016 Visiting Scholars Program

Bringing theological excellence to Northeast Ohio

Five world-renowned theologians will challenge, feed and inspire us by way of Sunday morning preaching, a Sunday afternoon public lecture and a Monday morning workshop for clergy, scholars, Christian educators, and other church professionals. Registration is required — see below — for the Sunday afternoon and Monday morning sessions. Free parking is available for all sessions.

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July 10-11, 2016
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Gary Dorrien

Breaking White Supremacy: The Black Social Gospel, Then and Now

Gary Dorrien
Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary
Professor of Religion, Columbia University

GARY DORRIEN is the author of 17 books and numerous articles that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics, and history. Philosopher Cornel West describes him as “the preeminent social ethicist in North America today” and philosopher Robert Neville describes him as “the most rigorous theological historian of our time.” Prof. Dorrien published a critique of Barack Obama’s presidency titled The Obama Question: A Progressive Perspective and lectured extensively on this topic.

June 12-13, 2016
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William Stacy Johnson

Why Christianity still matters: What comes next for mainline religion?

William Stacy Johnson
Arthur M. Adams Professor of Systematic Theology
Princeton Theological Seminary

WILLIAM STACY JOHNSON is an ordained Presbyterian minister and a lawyer. He earned his Ph.D. in the study of religion from Harvard University, his J.D. from Wake Forest University, and his M.Div. from Union Presbyterian Seminary. He is an outspoken and renowned voice on theological, ethical, and spiritual challenges for the twenty-first century. His latest book is A Time to Embrace: Same Sex Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics, Second Edition (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2012).

May 22-23, 2016

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Walter Brueggemann

Choosing against our chosenness

Walter Brueggemann
American Protestant Old Testament Scholar and Theologian

WALTER BRUEGGEMANN is widely considered one of the most influential Old Testament scholars of the last several decades. He has written more than 100 books, hundreds of articles, and several commentaries on books of the Bible. Brueggemann has served as faculty at two institutions in his career: Eden Theological Seminary (1961-1986) and Columbia Theological Seminary (1986-2003). He is currently William Marcellus McPheeters professor emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia.

April 24-25, 2016

Sermon Video

Diana Butler Bass

Awakening to spiritual revolution

Diana Butler Bass
Author, speaker and independent scholar

DIANA BUTLER BASS is the author of nine books on American religion, including her latest, Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution (October 2015). She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University, has taught at the college and graduate level, and is currently an independent scholar. She was a columnist for the New York Times Syndicate, and blogs for the Huffington Post and the Washington Post on issues of religion, spirituality, and culture. Bass is a popular speaker at conferences, colleges and universities, and churches across North America.

Listen to a recent Huffington Post interview with Diana Butler Bass.

February 7-8, 2016
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Rev. Dr. Dale P. Andrews

Prophetic Praxis: Wrestling with the moral injury of anti-racism

Dale P. Andrews
Distinguished Professor of Homiletics, Social Justice, and Practical Theology
Vanderbilt University Divinity School and Graduate Department of Religion

DALE ANDREWS previously served on the faculty of Boston University School of Theology as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology. He is the author of numerous publications including Practical Theology for Black Churches: Bridging Black Theology and African American Folk Religion (Westminster John Knox-WJK Press, 2002) and co-editor of a multivolume lectionary commentary series, Preaching God’s Transforming Justice (WJK Press, 2011, 2012, 2013). Dr. Andrews currently serves as co-editor of the journal Homiletic.

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