First Presbyterian Church, Dallas Saturday, March 15, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. How did the New Testament come into existence? It did not drop out of the sky pre-cooked and ready to read. It was not formed in a cultural, political, social, or religious vacuum. Rather, it emerged in, engaged, and reflected complex worlds. Written in Greek, contextualized by the Roman imperial world, drawing on Jewish scriptures and traditions, and shaped by the communal experiences of commitment to Jesus, it is the product of overlapping multi-cultural worlds. This seminar will look at several key events in which these various cultural and political traditions leave a large footprint on the ancient world and thereby shape the New Testament writings.
Warren Carter, Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School Warren Carter is Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School. He came to Brite in 2007 after teaching for 17 years at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. His scholarly work has focused on the gospels of Matthew and John, and he has focused on the issue of the ways in which early Christians negotiated the Roman empire. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is the author of ten books including Matthew and the Margins (Orbis Books), Matthew and Empire (Trinity Press International/Continuum), The Roman Empire and the New Testament (Abingdon), John and Empire (T&T Clark/Continuum), and What Does Revelation Reveal? (Abingdon). He has also contributed to numerous church resources and publications such as contributing 15 studies on Matthew in The Pastors Bible Study Vol 1 (Abingdon). He is a frequent speaker at scholarly and ecclesial conferences.
First Christian Church, Tyler Saturday, March 29, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Forgiveness is part of the journey of faith for many Christians. It is, on the one hand, something that compels us toward right relationships and justice. On the other hand, forgiveness is hard work that requires energy, spiritual integrity, and honesty.
Joretta Marshall, Executive Vice President and Dean and Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care, Brite Divinity School Joretta Marshall serves as Executive Vice President and Dean and also as Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Brite Divinity School. Prior to joining the faculty at Brite, she taught at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Iliff School of Theology, and Eden Seminary, where she was also Academic Dean. Dr. Marshall has served as one of the Co-Editors for the Journal of Pastoral Theology, a publication supported by the Society for Pastoral Theology, and is currently on the editorial board for Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling. She is the author of Counseling Lesbian Partners and Why Should I Forgive?, is the co-editor of Forgiveness and Abuse: Jewish and Christian Reflections.”(with Marie Fortune), and The Formation of Pastoral Counselors: Challenges and Opportunities (with Duane Bidwell), along with a number of articles in professional and church-related journals. She is a past President of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She is ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church and holds membership in the Rocky Mountain Conference.
Northway Christian Church Saturday, April 12, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. It’s difficult to say which is more difficult—offering forgiveness or needing it. And except for the few saints among us, most of us need sometimes to seek forgiveness. In a world of broken relationships, interpersonal and communal, the capacity to seek forgiveness is just as important as the capacity to forgive. But though children are usually taught to say, “I’m sorry,” few adults can practice what we teach! With so much popular emphasis on being right, winning, not backing down—few of us are equipped to seek forgiveness. This seminar will explore Christian resources for offering to others the kind of genuine apology that makes forgiveness more possible: resilient humility, relational confession, and life-renewing repentance.
Kathleen Greider, Edna and Lowell Craig Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling, Claremont School of Theology Kathleen J. Greider is the Edna and Lowell Craig Professor of Practical Theology, Spiritual Care, and Counseling at Claremont School of Theology, in the Claremont Lincoln University Consortium. She also serves as staff counselor and clinical supervisor at The Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy. Her research and teaching interests include spiritual care, practical and pastoral theology, interculturality, the interplay of social and personal change, and depth psychology. She has authored Reckoning with Aggression: Theology, Violence, and Vitality (1997) and Much Madness Is Divinest Sense: Spiritual Wisdom in Memoirs of Soul Suffering (2007). Ordained by the United Methodist Church and a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, she has clinical pastoral experience in parish ministry, spiritual direction, general hospital and in-patient psychiatric settings, and pastoral counseling. She has lectured in France, Germany, Ghana, England, Israel, Poland, South Africa, and South Korea.
Bass Conference Center Saturday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. At its most fundamental level, Scripture arouses a sense of wonder, specifically wonder of God, wonder of the world, and wonder of ourselves. In the Bible wonder exists prior to belief and dogma; it both sustains and reforms belief. Wonder brings out the best in religious faith even as it inspires the search for wisdom and knowledge in the world. In this course, participants will explore how the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, evokes all sorts of wonder: from fear to fascination, from awe to desire. We will also explore how wonder links the ancient biblical text with contemporary, including scientific, understandings of our world. The overall goal is to reawaken our divinely endowed sense of wonder.
William P. Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Chair of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary William P. Brown is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the William Marcellus McPheeters Chair of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. Bill has also taught at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond and at Emory University. He is the author of several books and numerous essays on biblical interpretation and theology, including The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder (2010), Seeing the Psalms: A Theology of Metaphor (2002), Ecclesiastes (2000), as well as editor of Engaging Biblical Authority (2007). Bill is an avid Sunday School teacher and a founding member of Earth Covenant Ministry, an emerging organization of Presbyterian churches in the Atlanta area dedicated to creation care (now a part of Georgia Interfaith Power and Light). Gail and Bill have two daughters, Ella and Hannah.
Ministers Week 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014 ,
What We Talk About When We Talk About Jesus
Monday, February 17, 2014 Lance Pape, Granville and Erline Walker Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Brite Divinity School
Remembering Trayvon Martin: From Chaos to Community
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III, Read More
The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in Revelation
Saturday, February 08, 2014 Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago Read More
16th Annual Gates of Chai Lectureship: Jewish Identity on Broadway
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 Judith Clurman and Cantor Bruce L. Ruben, Ph.D., Judith Clurman is an Emmy- and Grammy-nominated conductor, vocal educator and choral specialist.
Cantor Bruce L. Ruben, Ph.D., is the Director of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Read More
The New Testament and Early Jewish-Christian Relations
Saturday, October 05, 2013 Shelly Matthews, Associate Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School
The Nuts and Bolts of Hispanic Outreach
Saturday, September 28, 2013 Rev. Dr. Luis C. Bernard, Read More
The Historical Jesus in a [Post-] Modern World
Saturday, September 21, 2013 Joe Bessler and Stephen Patterson, Read More
Vulnerability, Resistance, and Transformation
Saturday, September 21, 2013 Kristine Culp, Dean and Associate Professor of Theology, Disciples Divinity House, University of Chicago
Inauguration of Dr. Ed Waggoner
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 ,
The Trinity and Christian Coherence
Saturday, September 07, 2013 Charles Wood, Lehman Professor of Christian Doctrine emeritus, Perkins School of Theology
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Celebration and Fellowship
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Brite Student Orientation, Day 2
Friday, August 16, 2013 Various Presenters,
Brite Student Orientation, Day 1
Thursday, August 15, 2013 Various Presenters,
Monday, July 15, 2013 ,
Understanding Unity in a Religiously Diverse World
Sunday, June 09, 2013 Diana L. Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies and Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society, Harvard Divinity School