'Behold - A New Thing': The 2009 Earl Lectures at Pacific School of Religion
There is something new emerging inside, alongside, and even outside the familiar institutions and expressions of Christianity in
Titled "Behold... a New Thing: Emerging Expressions of Faithfulness," the Earl Lectures will be delivered in the Ecumenical Center of Berkeley, the former University Christian Church, at 2401 Scenic Avenue, across the street from Pacific School of Religion (PSR). It will mark the first time the lectures have been held at that location since 1949.
The program will include three days of public lectures and workshops, open to both people in ministry and the general public. It will be led by three emerging church figures, Jay Bakker, Bruce Reyes-Chow, and Karen Ward; and by scholars Gerardo Marti and PSR's Boyung Lee. They will guide exploration of popular culture, generational change, and religious innovation in
Jay Bakker has written about his parents (Jim and Tammy Faye) in Son of a Preacher Man: My Search for Grace in the Shadows, and is a pastor of
Gerardo Marti, assistant professor of sociology at
The 2009 Earl Lectures are the 108th in a series that began with an endowment gift made in 1901 by Edwin T. Earl for the purpose of bringing eminent scholars to
The Earl Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration for the Leadership Conference workshops is $99 through January 15 and $125 after January 15, 2009.
To register, go to PSR's website, www.psr.edu/earllectures, or call 510-849-8218 or 800-999-0528, Ext. 8218.
Note: PSR invites members of the UCC, UMC, MCC, DOC, and UUA to attend the denominational brunch this year at the Earl Lectures on Thursday, January 29, from 9:45 to 11 a.m. The brunch costs $12 and includes a menu of scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon, hash browns, fettuccini Alfredo with mushrooms, chicken teriyaki, rice, strawberries, and beverages. You may sign up for the brunch on the Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference registration form.