The Didier Seminar


The Didier Seminar

In every age the Spirit speaks.

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 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.

Watch for more information about the 2025 Didier Seminar as plans develop.


Past Speakers and Topics:

2024      Stephen J. Patterson PhD and Elizabeth Schrader Polczer PhD:  Recovering Lost Voices
House of Hope was fortunate to have two leading biblical scholars for The Didier Seminar who are helping to recover lost voices from early Christianity.

2023      Rev. Paul Raushenbush:  Building the Multi-faith Future:  Freedom of Religion in a Democracy

2022      Jeannine Hill Fletcher:  Christianity and Religious Diversity:  Challenges and Opportunities

2021      Jeannine Hill Fletcher:  Christian Entanglement in Racism: Facing the Past, Transforming the Future

2020      Theologian John Haught:  The New Cosmic Story: Inside our Awakening Universe

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. Martin 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      Gordon Kaufman:  Do ideas of God change?

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?