Many campus events are presented by the Theological Commons at MTSO.
We welcome the public to MTSO events, which range from multi-day institutes and workshops to faculty and guest lectures.
Our archive features video and other resources from past events.
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.
Lecture on World Religions and Interreligious Relations
7 p.m. March 8
Thomas Farr, president of the Religious Freedom Institute, speaks on the topic “The Crisis of Religious Freedom in America and Abroad: How It Affects Us All.” The lecture is presented by the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus, comprised of MTSO, Pontifical College Josephinum and Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University. It will take place at the Pontifical College Josephinum.
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 “Shabbat: An Epistemological Principle for Holiness, Sustainability, and Justice in the Pentateuch.”
Williams Institute Spring Lectures
7 p.m. March 20 and 1 p.m. March 21
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, associate professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion, delivers two lectures on the topic “Embracing the Other.” 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.
Heber Brown III 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 lead an afternoon chapel service and workshop, and will deliver an evening lecture. Registration is required for the workshop.
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.
Review printed material and watch video from past Theological Commons events.