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Lecture Series

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Unbending Ourselves: Ancient Christian Voices on Welcoming the Stranger
Dr. Amy Oden, Professor of Early Church History and Spirituality, Saint Paul School of Theology at OCU

Dr. Amy Oden's lecture will focus on hospitality in early Christianity and its challenge for communities today. These ancient voices give a rich picture of the ways and reasons early Christians welcomed strangers, and help Christians today claim this practice as our heritage. Dr. Oden has served on the faculties of Oklahoma City University and Wesley Theological Seminary where she also served as Dean. She earned her Ph.D. in religious studies from Southern Methodist University, writing her dissertation on Augustine. For 25 years, Amy has taught theology and history, pursuing scholarship in service of the church.

Dr. Oden has published an anthology of women's primary source writings in the history of Christian thought (In Her Words) and was a primary sources editor for the study series Christian Believer: Historic Teachings of the Church. She developed a video-study series, Women Speak of God, produced by the Wesley Ministry Network for congregational study in 2004. Her research examining the virtue and practice of hospitality issued in the publication of And You Welcomed Me: Sourcebook on Hospitality in Early Christianity (Abingdon Press, 2001). Her recent book God's Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel-Hungry World (Pilgrim Press, 2008) for congregations shows connections between the ways God welcomes us, and the ways we welcome others. She has served as president of the Southwest Region of the American Academy of Religion and serves in leadership for the American Society of Church History. Born and raised on the prairies of Oklahoma, she currently lives in Shawnee, OK with her husband, who is a United Methodist pastor.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Evangelical Society Lecture
Dr. Diane Leclerc, Professor of Historical Theology, Northwest Nazarene University

The Evangelical Society is a seminary student group, advised by faculty member Dr. Hal Knight, which addresses spiritual, academic, and social concerns in an ecumenical and evangelical spirit.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cleaver Lecture on Religion and Public Life
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC) in Chicago

The Cleaver Lecture on Religion and Public Life was established in 1999 by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the business community, and other friends, in honor of Emanuel Cleaver II and his two terms on the board. It builds upon Mayor Cleaver's work in making Kansas City a model of civic life infused with those religious values shared by many traditions that make for tolerance, inclusiveness, justice, and the well being of all its citizens. The Cleaver Lecture seeks to engage the community on matters of public service, policy, and debate.

For more information:
Wendie Brockhaus
Director of Continuing Education and
Spiritual Formation
816 245-4855


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