Spring Semester on the MTSO campus will feature a series of public lectures and events, many of them sponsored by the Theological Commons. Check out our upcoming slate of events any time at www.mtso.edu/events - and view video and printed materials from five years of events on our archives page.
Here are events planned for the first five months of the year:
Paul Numrich Faculty Lecture
7 p.m. March 7
Numrich, professor in the Snowden Chair for the Study of Religion and Interreligious Relations, will speak on the topic “Space-Sharing Principles for Religious Organizations and Groups." He'll share findings from his research involving space-sharing, from benefits to resolving disputes.
Marvin A. Sweeney Lecture
7 p.m. March 13
Sweeney is professor of Hebrew Bible at the Claremont School of Theology, where he teaches courses in Hebrew Bible and the history of Judaism and Jewish thought. He will speak on the topic “The Eternal Covenant.”
Williams Institute Spring Lectures
7 p.m. March 20 and 1 p.m. March 21
Grace Sun-Ji Kim, associate professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion, delivers two lectures. An ordained minister of word and sacrament within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), she is the author or editor of 12 books, including the recently published Planet Solidarity: Global Women’s Voices on Christian Doctrine and Climate Justice.
Building Community Bridges: Conversations on Disability
April 11 and 12
This workshop begins at 7 p.m. April 11 with a plenary lecture by Bill Gaventa, a consultant and trainer who works with congregations, faith networks, seminaries, service-provider networks and advocacy groups in the area of inclusive spiritual support for people with disabilities and their families. A day of conversation and breakout sessions follows on April 12.
Chapel Guest Preacher Heber Brown III
1 p.m. April 17
Brown is a community organizer, beginner farmer, social entrepreneur and senior pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore. In 2015, he launched the Black Church Food Security Network, which provides seed funding and support to help churches begin growing food on their land. He will preach at MTSO’s midweek chapel service as part of a three-day visit to campus.
Theological Commons Summer Research Grant Lecture by Yvonne Zimmerman and Letitia Campbell
7 p.m. May 1
Zimmerman, associate professor of Christian ethics at MTSO, and Campbell, director of contextual education I and clinical pastoral education at the Candler School of Theology, will lecture on human trafficking.