Didier Seminar with Eddie Glaude, Jr.

Didier Seminar with Eddie Glaude, Jr.

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
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?"