The Didier Seminar

In every age the Spirit speaks.

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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.


The 2019 Didier Seminar Was a Great Success!

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”