Sundays 9 – 10 AM

Gatherings include viewing short videos and lively discussions.

You can participate either in-person or via Zoom.   All participants will have an enhanced experience by being able to see and hear each other, via an Owl Labs 360-degree view video camera/speaker/microphone!

2022 Schedule of Topics

November 27 & December 4 – No Class

December 11 & 18 Jim Wallis & Ken Medema at Wild Goose 2022

Jim Wallis is a globally respected writer, teacher, preacher, and justice advocate who believes the gospel of Jesus must be transformed from its cultural and political captivities. He is a New York Times bestselling author, widely recognized public theologian, renowned speaker, and regular international commentator on ethics and public life. Ken Medema has shared his passion for learning and discovery through storytelling and music with an ever-growing circle of followers around the world. Ken has been performing for almost 50 years in many different venues: churches, conventions, colleges, corporations and more for groups ranging from 50 to 50,000 people.

Past Sessions:

November 20 -Dr. Yolanda Pierce: “Salvation & Soul Food: Lessons from my Grandmother’s Kitchen

Drawing on her personal experiences growing up in the church and her grandmother’s kitchen, Dr. Yolanda Pierce challenges us to reconsider what it means to be a theologian and what sources of theology we should honor.  Watch Dr. Pierce on Youtube

November 13 – Diana Butler Bass at Wild Goose 2022

Diana is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books.  Diana preaches about how Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha in John 11 might have originally been only about one Mary.  Watch Diana on Youtube

November 6 – Liz Dyer & Sara Cunningham/ Deconstructing and Reimagining Our Faith at Wild Goose Festival 2022

These two women both had to reexamine their belief systems when their gay children came out to them.  Sara Cunningham is an author, activist, and founder of the non-profit organization Free Mom Hugs. Liz Dyer is a writer, speaker, activist and founder of the Mama Bears organization.  Watch Deconstructing and Reimagining Your Faith on Youtube

October 23 & 30 – Healing Our Divides – A Panel of Speakers at Wild Goose Festival, September 2021

Our society has become quite polarized – what do we do about it? Recent times have put a spotlight on the deep divisions in our culture. Much has been written and said that describe racial, political, religious, and other divides, but there is not enough practical information on what we can do about them. How to Heal Our Divides is a project (including a book) highlighting organizations that are taking real action to address these issues and heal divides in effective and practical ways. In this panel Brian McLaren, Alexia Salvatierra, Doug Pagitt, Guthrie Graves-Fitsimmons, Jeff Burns, and Brian Allain will discuss the project and some of the featured organizations. Learn how you can help make the world a better place!  Watch Healing Our Divides

October 16 – History of Reparations (PBS, 12/20) Plus, a June 2021 ABC News Report on Virginia Theological Seminary, which was built by slave labor, making reparations

In 2014, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates’ article for The Atlantic “The Case for Reparations” went viral. Tracing everything from the racial terror of slavery to the rampant housing discrimination of the 20th century, Coates made the case for financial reparations for the descendants of those who were enslaved in the US. However, the argument for reparations extends back much further than 2014 and also has significance beyond the Black American community.  Danielle Bainbridge talks about one of the most controversial topics moving through American politics for over 150 years.

PBS -History of Reparations on YouTube  ABC News on Virginia Theological Seminary Reparations

October 2 & 9:  Richard Rohr, Catholic priest and Franciscan Friar, on Science and Nonduality.

Father Richard will offer a concise history of how Western Christianity once had, soon lost, tried to retrieve, and now is roundly rediscovering its own traditional understanding of unitive consciousness (which was our word for non-dual thinking).   This possibility was brought to the fore by Thomas Merton in the middle of the last century, and is now flowing in many positive directions. It is now our task to rediscover the pre-Enlightenment Christianity that reveled in “the cloud of unknowing”, what some called “learned ignorance”, and the very notion of Mystery itself.  Only when we got into competition with rationalism and secularism, did we adopt this rather recent mania for certitude and a very limited kind of scientific knowing. Almost the entire history of Protestantism emerged in this period, and thus the contemplative mind is an utterly new revelation for them, and frankly for all of us, as we again learn to be comfortable living on the edge of both the knowable and the unknown.

Watch Richard Rohr on YouTube

September 25 – Lisa Sharon Harper on patriarchy, reparations, and orthodoxy.  Lisa is the Chief Church Engagement Officer at Sojourners and has written extensively on shalom and governance, immigration reform, health care reform, poverty, racial and gender justice, climate change, and transformational civic engagement.  Watch Lisa Sharon Harper interview on Youtube

September 11 & 18/22 – A Christian Case for Reparations & Dismantling White Supremacy – Duke L. Kwon & Gregory Thompson, co-authors of Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair

Watch interview of the authors on Youtube

5/29/22 – Dolly Chugh on Fighting Bias Here are also links to talks she has given Google talk – September 2018 University School of Business – August 2020

5/8/22 – The Bible For Normal People – Peter Enns speaks on some of the difficulties of believing in the God of the Bible at the February 2019 TheoEd Talks in Atlanta.  Watch Peter on Youtube

5/1/22 – Rev. Dr. Neichelle Guidry, TheoEd talk: What It Means to be Human – Dean of the Chapel at Spelman College, Rev. Dr. Neichelle Guidry, asks questions core to our faith and humanity, including why it can be hard set limits, embrace rest, and extend grace to ourselves after failures and mistakes. Watch Dr. Neichelle Guidry on Youtube

4/24/22 – Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes,  Inclusion from the beginningIf inclusion is to be meaningful it must be based on the idea that every one and every thing is included from the beginning. Not included in socially constructed hierarchies with allegiance to one political system or another but included in a web of life set forth from the foundations of the earth.  Watch Dr. Barbara Holmes on Youtube

March 20 – April 3  – The History of the Christ (3 sessions) – Father Richard Rohr

3/20/22 – Part One: In this fifteen-minute video, Father Richard explains how a succession of medieval scholars developed a theology around the religious and spiritual intuitions of Saint Francis of Assisi. He highlights how God has always spoken through creation since the beginning of time, and invites viewers into the struggle of understanding the Christ mystery.  Watch Part One on Youtube

3/27/22 – Part Two: In this nine-minute video, Father Richard shows that the Universal Christ is rooted deeply in tradition. He highlights the story of St. Ignatius of Antioch who began using the term “catholic” or “universal” to describe the Christian Church. He highlights what Christianity has lost through the separation of Eastern and Western churches. We need to regain an understanding of “original goodness.” Watch Part 2 on Youtube

4/3/22 – Part Three: In this ten-minute video, Father Richard looks at what was gained and lost in the Protestant Reformation and the challenges for Western religion that come through the Enlightenment. He encourages viewers to try and engage the Universal Christ not just as a rational idea but a participatory reality. Watch Part 3 on Youtube

March 13 – Dr. Chanequa Walker Barnes TheoEd talk: Pathological Whiteness.  Dr. Walker-Barnes is a clinical psychologist, public theologian, and ecumenical minister whose work focuses upon healing the legacies of racial and gender oppression. Watch Dr. Walker Barnes on Youtube

February 27  Father Greg Boyles, founder of Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention ministry in LA. Part 1  Watch Father Greg Boyles

March 6 Father Greg Boyles, founder of Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention ministry in LA. Part 2

February 20  – Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner on “Magnolia Trees and Cardigan Sweaters: Unexpected Metaphors for God”  Watch Lauren Winner

February 6 – Jim Wallis on “Voting Rights is Now a Faith Issue” part 1

February 13 – Jim Wallis on “Voting Rights is Now a Faith Issue” part 2 Watch Jim Wallis on Youtube

January 30 – Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, author of “Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence” speaks on the Big Questions.  Rabbi Sacks was a British Orthodox rabbi and leading philosopher, theologian, author, peer and public figure. He served as the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013.  He died in November of 2020 at the age of 72.   Watch Rabbi Sacks on Youtube

January 23 – Nadia Bolz-Weber on “Forgiveness and being Church”.  Watch on Youtube

January 16- Austin Channing Brown on “The Double Sided Pursuit of Racial Justice.”  Watch on Youtube

January 9 – Ted Smith on “Reckless Love Living for Things That Die”. In this provocative talk, Ted Smith, Professor of Preaching and Ethics at Candler School of Theology, considers how and why we are called to devote our lives to things that do not last.  Watch on Youtube