Wesley United Methodist Church in Bakersfield, California will host an evening with Tex Sample on January 10, 2009, and everyone is invited!
Sample is a popular speaker and author, and a well-known figure in the United Methodist Church. He is an Elder in the Missouri Conference, a Professor Emeritus on Church and Society at the St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, and an activist for human rights. He is a keen observer and commentator whose life's work has allowed him to "criss-cross boundaries between poor and rich, town and gown, wise and ignorant, believer and atheist," and his credentials range from a PhD taken at Boston University, to work as a cab driver and a roust-about in the oil fields. In academics, he has worked and taught in the areas of social theory and social change, power, and theological ethics.
Sample is a plain speaker with a dry sense of humor, and many of the lessons he has to share come through his warm and insightful storytelling. Those who have participated in the Living the Question series will recognize him from the homilies he presents at the start of each lesson.
The event at Wesley, Bakersfield will begin with a barbecue dinner at 5:30 p.m. Guests will gather at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary for Tex Sample's talk and a question-answer session. A free will offering will be taken for the dinner, and reservations would be appreciated. (Please call Wesley UMC at 661-871-3030, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.)
There will be no charge to attending the presentation only.
Some of Sample’s books will be available for purchase, as will his DVD, Tex Mix, Stories of Earthly Mysticism.
Wesley UMC is located at 1314 Oswell Street, Bakersfield, CA 93306.