The Didier Seminar

In every age the Spirit speaks.

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The New Cosmic Story: Inside our Awakening Universe
with Internationally Renowned Theologian John Haught 

How has our idea of the universe changed over the past 2000 years? What is the new cosmic story, and how does it invite a new understanding of the religious quest? Do the stories we’ve been telling about the universe and religion still work? Do they compete or interact? Does human experience—what we now know, how we feel, what we do—have an impact on the evolving universe? Is there an inside story and an outside story?

February is Science and Religion month at House of Hope. Look forward to dynamic enrichments and study.


The 2019 Didier Seminar Was a Great Success!

An informed and compelling Christianity is the goal of the Didier Seminar. Every spring for 20 years, our Didier Seminar has reached out for fresh voices of the Spirit. In April 2019 it was Rev. Robin Meyers, PhD., pastor, professor, New York Times best selling author, and challenging voice of Progressive Christianity.
Senior Minister at Mayflower Congregational UCC Church in Oklahoma City for 34 years and for nearly as long Distinguished Professor of Social Justice at Oklahoma City University, Meyers’ seven books include the much-discussed, national best seller, Saving Jesus from the ChurchMeyers writes, “Progressive Christians must not surrender the Bible to fundamentalists, but join head and heart in the search for a relevant and intellectually honest church for the 21st century.”

Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers’ 2019 Didier Lecture:

From Galilean Sage to Supernatural Savior



What is the Didier Seminar?

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.


Past Speakers and Topics:

2019     Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers:  “Progressive Christianity”

       2018      Dr. J. Andrew Overman   “When Stones Speak: Digging Deeper into Jesus Movements, Formative Judaism, and the Rise and Expansion of Islam”

2017      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”

2011      Dr. Wilson Yates, Prof. Michael Dennis Browne, Dr. Stephen Paulus, and Rev. David Miller and Dr. Aaron David Miller                                                                  “Theology, Spirituality and the Arts”

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. Philip Jenkins       “The Next Christendom”

2007     Rev. Dr. Martiin Marty      “Must Faiths Collide?”

2006     Dr. Don Swearer     “Buddhism”

2005     Dr. Dominic Crossan    “The Historical Jesus and the Kingdom of God Then and Now”

2004     Rev. Dr. ( Sir) John Polkinghorne    “Belief of God in and Age of Science”

2003     Dr. Dominic Crossan    “The Historical Jesus and the Kingdom of God Then and Now”

2002     Dr. Elaine Pagels     “The Challenge of the Gospel of Thomas. Different Views of Jesus and His Message”

2001    Dr. Marilyn Salmon, Rev. Dr. Calvin Roetzel, Rabbi Barry Cytron       “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?”