The Calvin W. Didier Annual Seminar on Religion and Contemporary Thought

The Calvin W. Didier Annual Seminar on Religion and Contemporary Thought is a study opportunity typically comprised of a weekend event presenting an opportunity for participants to listen to and dialogue with an expert on a topic of current spiritual interest.

(Free and open to the public)

If you have questions, call the church office, 651-227-6311.

The Didier Seminar | May 18, 2018
6:30 p.m. – Social Hour
7:30–7:45 – Remarks, Tributes, and Toasts
7:45 p.m. – Lecture by Dr. Andrew Overman

Celebrate The Didier Seminar’s 20th anniversary as we welcome back inaugural speaker Dr. J. Andrew Overman. He will reflect on the last two decades of groundbreaking archeological research and discoveries in a lecture titled:When Stones Speak: Digging Deeper into Jesus Movements, Formative Judaism, and the Rise and Expansion of Islam.

Dr. Overman is the recipient of the esteemed Thomas Jefferson Award and is The Harry M. Drake Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts at Macalester College. He specializes in religion and culture in the Greco-Roman world. Dr. Overman also leads an excavation project of a temple in Galilee.



Past Speakers and Topics:


Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.

"How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul"

2016 Diana Butler Bass “What Does It Mean To Say "I Am Spiritual But Not Religious”?
2015 Rev. Dr. Marilyn Salmon "Jesus Then and Now"
2014 Dr. Amy-Jill Levine "Jesus, Judaism and Christianity"
2013 Professor Paul Knitter "Must My God be Bigger Than Your God?" (Moving Beyond Competition to Cooperation)
2012 John Phillip Newell

"A New Harmony: The Spirit, The Earth, The Earth and the Human Soul"


Dr. Wilson Yates
Prof. Michael Dennis Browne
Dr. Stephen Paulus
Rev. David Miller and Dr. Aaron David Miller

"Theology, Spirituality and the Arts"

"Light in Deepest Night" (A Lenten Meditation on Writings of Julian of Norwich)

2010 Rev. Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault "Meditation and Visionary Seeing in the Christian Tradition"
2009 Dr. Imam Seyyed Hossein Nasr "The Heart of Islam"
2008 Dr. Phillip Jenkins "The Next Christiandom"
2007 Rev. Dr. Martin Marty "Must Faiths Collide?"
2006 Dr. Don Swearer "Buddhism"
2005 Rev. Dr. (Sir) John Polkinghome "Belief in God in an Age of Science"
2004 Dr. Dominic Crossan "The Historical Jesus and Kingdom of God Then and Now"
2003 Dr. Gordon Kaufman "How Do We Do Theology Today?: Serendipitous Creativity"
2002 Dr. Elaine Pagels "The Challenge of the Gospel of Thomas: Different Views of Jesus and His Message"
2001 Rev. Dr. Calvin Roetzel and Rev. Dr. Marilyn Salmon
Rabbi Barry Cytron
"Contemporary Biblical Scholarship: What Have We Learned and What Does it Matter?"
2000 Dr. Richard Horsley "Jesus, Paul and the New World Order"
1999 Rev. Dr. Marcus Borg "Jesus in Contemporary Scholarship"
1998 Rev. Dr. J. Andrew Overman "Jews and Christians - How Did We Start and Where are We Headed?"