Lecture Series Explores Christianity in 21st Century

Posted Jan 24th, 2013 by Kate Lindon  Category: Education


Nationally renowned theologians Alan Jones, Diana Butler Bass and Daniel Spencer will explore what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century as part of the Bill Chidester Lecture Series in 2013 at Sylvania United Church of Christ.

Alan Jones will speak March 16-17. Jones is Dean Emeritus at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Author of Reimagining Christianity: Reconnect Your Spirit without Disconnecting Your Mind, he addresses how to follow Jesus and experience the sacred in ways that are authentic. This lecture is sponsored in memory of Toshi Kadowaki.

Diana Butler Bass, author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture, will speak September 21-22. She is the author of eight books including Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening.

Daniel Spencer will be the final speaker November 16-17. Spencer is Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at The University of Montana. His focus is on how and why religious traditions and communities are responding to environmental issues and global ecological crisis.

The first speaker in the series was Martin Marty January 19-20. Marty taught religious history for 35 years at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he now holds emeritus status and where the Martin Marty Center has since been founded to promote “public religion” endeavors.

Saturday lectures are from 4-5:30 p.m. including 30 minutes of Q&A, followed by light refreshments and conversation. Sunday lectures are from 9:20-10:20 a.m. between services. All are welcome to worship. Nursery childcare is available.

Tickets are $10 for each speaker. Download the registration form at www.sylvaniaucc.org/nurture_chidester.html or call the church office at 419-882-0048. Tickets are also available at the door. The church is located at 7240 Erie Street in Sylvania.

The Bill Chidester Lecture Series was established by the church with funds donated to honor the life of William Henry Chidester. Chidester served as pastor at Sylvania UCC for 25 years before his death May 21, 2011.

Over 20 years ago, Chidester wrote to the congregation, “I do not so much care that people remember me, but that I might be apart of creating with you and other people of faith a world community which reflects more clearly the society God wishes for us and which we can experience through our faith.”

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