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.
How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul
Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Friday, April 7, 2017 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, April 8, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Princeton University's William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies. Glaude believes the Obama presidency has not brought us a post-racial society, and he says racism has distorted and disfigured our national character. Dr. Glaude is in high demand as a speaker and commentator.
Latest book: Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul (January 2016)
The following are free opportunities that will help inform our journey together as we explore race in America in 2017.
Adult Enrichment at House of Hope, Sundays at 11:15 a.m. in the Assembly Room
March 12. Bethel Professor Dr. Tim Essenburg:
“White Privilege/White Fragility – What Does this Mean?”
March 19. Dr. Bruce Nordstrom-Loeb, St. Olaf College Emeritus
Professor of Sociology; former director of the St. Olaf Race and Ethnic Studies Program
“Brief History of Black America Since the Reconstruction”
March 26. Melvin Carter Jr., Retired St. Paul police officer and founder of “Save Our Sons”:
“The Rondo Neighborhood - Past, Present and Future”
April 2. Book Discussion:
Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, by Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr.
Palm Sunday, April 9, 10 a.m. worship
Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, preaching and Adult Enrichment
Dr. Nelson is the first African American Stated Clerk of the PC(USA)
(Free and open to the public)
If you have questions, call the church office, 651-227-6311.
Past Speakers and Topics:
|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
|"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?"|
$30 per person
The Didier Seminar Mission Statement
In every age, the spirit speaks. To remain vital it must be interpreted and reinterpreted in the life and times of every generation. (from "The Re-Forming Tradition" by Milton J. Coalter, John M. Mulder and Louis B. Weeks)
An informed and compelling Christianity is the goal of the Didier Seminar.
Background: The Calvin W. Didier Annual Seminar on Religion and Contemporary Thought was endowed in 1993 as a retirement tribute to Reverend Didier in honor of a ministry mindful of the many voices of the spirit and the profound changes we continue to experience in contemporary thought and culture. This yearly seminar is dedicated to the spiritual growth through the best comprehensive thinking in religion, the arts, letters and science. We seek to present inspiring and acknowledged leaders in their various fields.